PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers shut down Eddie George and ended a seven-game losing streak against the Tennessee Titans Monday night.
Jerome Bettis ran for two touchdowns and Kordell Stewart threw for a season-high 232 yards as the Steelers extended their Monday night home winning streak to nine games with a 34-7 rout in front of the largest football crowd in Pittsburgh history.
Bettis carried 19 times for 62 yards as Pittsburgh (5-1) moved one game in front of the second-place Cleveland Browns in the AFC Central.
Stewart completed 13-of-21 passes and Plaxico Burress caught six for a career-high 151 yards.
The 6-5 Burress showed his athleticsm with a 43-yard reception on a ball he caught while falling after it was dropped by Tennessee cornerback Samari Rolle. On the next play, Bettis took a pitch and sprinted seven yards into the end zone for a 24-7 lead with 10:18 left in the third quarter.
George continued to struggle, gaining just 13 yards on 10 rushes before sitting out the second half with a hyperextended left knee. One of only two players in NFL history to rush for at least 1,200 yards in each of his first five seasons, the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner has just 303 yards through six games.
Steve McNair was 14-of-23 for 175 yards and was intercepted twice as Tennessee (2-4) lost to the Steelers for the first time since Sept. 28, 1997, the first season after the team moved from Houston.