The Pittsburgh Steelers went into overtime in last year’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans. The same would hold true this year, as the Atlanta Falcons would take the six-time World Champions beyond regulation. “It was a great, hard-fought win,” said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin. “I like the way our group rode the emotional roller coaster of staying on task throughout.”
The roller coaster looked to be coming to a halt in the final minutes of the fourth quarter following Troy Polamalu’s interception of Matt Ryan on the Falcons’ 31. The pick looked to be the final nail in the Birds’ coffin…until Steelers’ kicker Jeff Reed missed the 40-yard field goal attempt wide right with just 43 ticks left on the game clock.
However, third-year running back Rashard Mendenall sent the crowd of