facebook
twitter
search
search

NFL: Pittsburgh 15, Atlanta 9

Sept. 12, 2010 at 5:58 PM
1 of 9
| License Photo

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Rashard Mendenhall's 50-yard touchdown run in overtime Sunday handed the Pittsburgh Steelers a 15-9 victory over Atlanta.

The Falcons had the first possession in overtime and failed to score and Michael Koenen's poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line put the Steelers in a prime spot to notch a win.

On Pittsburgh's first play from scrimmage, Mendenhall found a hole, got a block from tight end David Johnson scampered into the end zone for the victory.

The Steelers' running back finished with 120 yards on 22 carries. Hines Ward hauled down six passes for 108 yards from quarterback Dennis Dixon, who was making only his second career NFL start in place of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh (1-0) extended its streak of wins in opening-season games to a league-best eight.

Matt Ryan led Atlanta (0-1) with 27-of-44 passing for 252 yards, but he tossed a fourth-quarter interception.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
New York Knicks, Afflalo agree to terms
Sacramento Kings trade Stauskas, Landry, Thompson to Philadelphia 76ers
Venable, San Diego Padres pass St. Louis Cardinals
NFL notebook: Richardson, Gates, McClain suspended four games
Wade stays in Miami with one-year deal