When Ben Roethlisberger was a late “scratch” in last night’s game against Baltimore, the hopes of Steeler Nation fell upon the narrow, womanly shoulders of Dennis Dixon, who was the third-string QB just last week, before Big Ben got his bell rung and backup Charlie Batch injured his wrist. Dixon played very well for a guy that entered last night’s tilt with one career NFL pass, taking his team into OT against the Ravens. And then…
[Ravens defender Paul] Kruger intercepted a Dixon pass to set up a 29-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff with 6:42 left in overtime, and the Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Steelers 20-17 on Sunday night.[..]
“To be a part of that victory is huge for me,” said Kruger, a rookie playing in only his fourth game. “It was a designed blitz. I was the dropper. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”
Dixon said, “It was a situation where they were disguising the blitz throughout the whole game. We saw it. I basically tried to trust my instincts. The guy made a good play.” –FOX Sports.
Dixon finished 12/26 for 145 yards, with a TD pass and TD run along with that pick. And then he probably ate a sandwich or something, because football makes a lot of people hungry. We’ll have more on the concussion stuff later, but in other NFL news, the Colts are still perfect and Eric Mangini still sucks.