Was that a dominant enough performance to end any thoughts of a meltdown ala. 2009?
It should have been.
The Steelers dominated the Raiders in every fashion – with the lone exception being when Rashard Mendenhall was running the ball.
Outside of that, the Steelers should have won this game by 50.
It was that dominant of a performance and the Raiders were that overwhelmed.
© Much of the discussion regarding this game will be on the officiating.
The Steelers were penalized for six personal fouls and the Raiders had a player, Richard Seymour, ejected for punching Ben Roethlisberger after he threw a touchdown pass to make it 21-3.
It will be interesting to see the fines that come down from this one and you can bet your last dollar that the Steelers will be watching closely.
The call against James Harrison for tackling Jason Campbell with his full body weight was iffy. Harrison let up at the end of the play.
But he'll probably draw another fine because of who he is.
The call against LaMarr Woodley for roughing Campbell was ridiculous. Woodley bumped Campbell, who went down, tripping Woodley.
The call against Ryan Clark for a helmet-to-helmet hit should have been a personal foul. It just shouldn't have been for helmet-to-helmet contact.
Clark put his helmet into the receiver's back and should have been penalized for hitting a defenseless receiver - if anything.
But the only way that was a helmet-to-helmet hit by Clark is if the receiver was wearing his helmet on his back.
© The officials flat out lost control of this game and obviously decided at halftime - after Seymour's ejection - that they were going to regain control.
Hence, we had 11 flags thrown in the third quarter.
© What in the world were Harrison, Woodley and Roethlisberger doing in the game late in the fourth quarter after all the other starters had been pulled with the Steelers holding a 28-3 lead?
© It was nice to see Troy Polamalu up in the box more often in this one instead of playing deep centerfield.
© It still amazes me every time Mike Wallace runs by defenders like they're standing still.