September 10, 2009
NFL: Pittsburgh 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)
Jeff Reed kicked a 33-yard field goal 4:32 into overtime Thursday, giving Pittsburgh a 13-10 win over Tennessee in the opening game of the NFL's 90th season.
The defending Super Bowl champion Steelers faced a 10-7 deficit before tying it midway through the fourth period on a field goal by Reed.
Tennessee's Rob Bironas missed a field goal and had another blocked in the first half and neither team could score until Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes with a 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 remaining in the second quarter.
The Titans promptly drove 72 yards in just three plays and Kerry Collins tied it at halftime by throwing a 14-yard scoring pass to Justin Gage with 48 seconds remaining.
The score remained 7-7 until Bironas connected from 45 yards with 11:03 to play in regulation.
After Pittsburgh tied it with 2:57 to go, the Steelers regained the ball with 1:50 remaining. Roethlisberger hit Hines Ward with a 30-yard pass down to the Tennessee 4-yard line, but Ward fumbled the ball and the Titans recovered to give themselves a chance in overtime.
That chance, however, quickly faded when Pittsburgh won the coin toss to start the extra period. The Steelers never relinquished the ball, coming up with a key play when Roethlisberger hit rookie Mike Wallace with a 22-yard throw to the Tennessee 15.
The Pittsburgh quarterback was 33-of-43 for 363 yards. Collins was 22-of-35 for 244 yards.