View Full Version : Steelers, Niners Face Off In Battle Of Unbeatens

09-23-2007, 05:07 AM

September 21, 2007

No, these are not your grandfather's Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.topix.net/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers). But truth told, they might be better.

The Steel City heroes, just a season removed from the fifth Super Bowl championship in franchise history, are beginning to look a lot more like title contenders in year one under new coach Mike Tomlin than they did in the 16- game sideline swansong of Bill Cowher.

Pittsburgh, which had traveled to Cleveland to rout the Browns, 34-7, in a predictable Week 1 result, added a few more quality points in Week 2 with a 26-3 snuff-out of the visiting Buffalo Bills before yet another frenzied house at Heinz Field.

The Steelers have held their two foes to an average of 222 yards of total offense, a clip that's good for third in the league among defensive units. And they've been opportunistic along the way as well, posting a plus-3 turnover ratio that's tied for second in the AFC.

A win would improve Tomlin to 3-0 as head man and match the pristine start Cowher had in his first season with the team back in 1992.

And on the other side, waking up the echoes of their own dynastic teams of the 1980s and '90s are the San Francisco 49ers (http://www.topix.net/nfl/san-francisco-49ers), who gotten off to a 2-0 start with a pair of less impressive, though no less meaningful, wins over the Arizona Cardinals (http://www.topix.net/nfl/nfc-west) (20-17) and St. Louis Rams (17-16).

The Niners haven't started a season at 3-0 since 1998, when they finished 12-4 overall and reached the NFC (http://www.topix.net/nfl/nfc) playoffs.

Running back Frank Gore (http://www.topix.net/nflplayers/frank-gore) was the league's unquestioned most inspirational player last week, mourning over the sudden death of his mother yet still churning out 81 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns.

"When I got up (Sunday) morning, it was tough getting up," he said. "Every time that it is game time, all I know is that stadium. Me and my mom would talk on the way to the stadium. (Sunday) morning, I just kept looking at my phone. She didn't call. I shed a few tears and it was tough to get up, but I decided to play and I had to do my best."

SERIES HISTORY: The 49ers have a 10-8 lead in their all-time series with the Steelers, including a 30-14 home victory when the teams last met, in 2003. Pittsburgh won the previous meeting between the franchises, a 27-6 triumph at Monster Park in 1999. San Francisco has won in its last two trips to Pittsburgh, in 1993 and 1996, with the Steelers last earning a home victory over the Niners in 1987.

The Steelers' Tomlin and 49ers' Mike Nolan will be meeting one another, as well as their opponent's respective team, for the first time as head coaches.

We're tied for 2nd in the AFC for plus turnover ratio? Awesome :greengrin:

strong D
09-23-2007, 09:28 AM
when we play the niners all i can remember is the opening kickoff when Barry Foster didnt field the ball and the niners recovered :banging::banging: