NFL Game Capsules

– Jeff Reed’s 33-yard field goal split the uprights in overtime — allowing Hines Ward to exhale — and giving the defending Super Bowl-champion Pittsburgh Steelers a 13-10 victory over Tennessee in the season opener for both teams. Without a ground game, Ben Roethlisberger worked in a no-huddle offense down the stretch in orchestrating his 18th come-from-behind victory since 2004, the most in the NFL during that stretch. Roethlisberger threw for 363 yards on 33-of-43 passing, with Santonio Holmes hauling in nine passes for 131 yards and Ward catching eight passes for 103 yards. Despite the 100-plus-yard game, Ward made a mistake that brought him to near tears late in the fourth, as he fumbled at the Titans four-yard line when he could have fallen to the ground and allowed the team to attempt a chip shot field goal in the waning seconds. However, Pittsburgh (1-0) regrouped in overtime, moving authoritatively down the field for the game-winner, set up by a 22-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace. The final drive took four minutes, 32 seconds and 10 plays, moving the team 63 yards right into Reed’s range. Pittsburgh won without its normal rushing success, averaging just 1.6 yards per carry with 36 net yards on 23 attempts, and losing star safety Troy Polamalu to a second-quarter sprained MCL. The time frame for such an injury is 3-to-6 weeks, according to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, but more will be known in the coming days. Tennessee (0-1) saw its usually reliable kicker Rob Bironas miss a field goal and have another blocked in the loss. Kerry Collins threw for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception, dropping his first game in four career games versus Pittsburgh. Chris Johnson ran for 57 yards, but 32 of those came on one play, and Justin Gage caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
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