The Steelers didn't necessarily need a signature victory at this point in the season, but they got one Sunday against the Giants.
By beating the defending Super Bowl champions on the road, the Steelers announced their presence with authority to the rest of the NFL.
The Steelers are a team to be reckoned with.
And the Steelers didn't just win this game; they dominated it.
Holding that offense to 182 total yards and 13 points is the kind of effort you can hang your hat on.
If not for some questionable defensive penalties - a pass interference on Keenan Lewis and a supposed helmet-to-helmet hit call on Ryan Clark in the end zone - the Steelers would have given up less than that.
More importantly, the Giants had three possessions in the fourth quarter and went three-and-out in all three.
@ Speaking of Keenan Lewis, he played yet another outstanding game.
Everyone has been talking about who the Steelers need to re-sign this offseason as they head into free agency.
Lewis might now be at the top of that list.
@ Apparently, since offensive coordinator Todd Haley simplified the runs and run blocking schemes, it doesn't matter who the Steelers put back there.
All Isaac Redman did Sunday was run for 147 yards and a score as the Steelers got their third consecutive 100-yard rushing game from a running back.
There's a good chance they go four-for-four next Monday night against Kansas City, which might be the worst team in the NFL.
@ Antonio Brown suffered a "minor" high ankle sprain and Chris Rainey suffered a rib injury.
Both should be held out of the game against the Chiefs.
Emmanuel Sanders did a fine job in the return game - and catching the ball - while Jerricho Cotchery showed why the Steelers resigned him in the offseason with some big catches as well.
@ The special teams return game was a big difference maker against the Giants.
@ I don't necessarily have a problem with Mike Tomlin's decision to run a trick play on a field goal attempt.
The Steelers work on that play all the time.
And with the way the defense was playing, why not go for the jugular there.
But it would have made more sense to run Redman in that situation. The Giants couldn't stop the run all day.