New York Giants Drop First Official Home Game At New Meadowlands Stadium To Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17

August 22, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

Ben Roethlisberger made his pre-season debut against the New York Giants in hopes of getting plenty of reps before he is sidelined for the beginning of the 2010 NFL season. His replacement will be either Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon, two players that combined to lead the team to three touchdown drives.

The Giants had a huge victory over their rival New York Jets in their first game of the pre-season, but fell short by a score of 24-17 against the Steelers. Rhett Bomar played the entire game because of Eli Manning’s head injury suffered in the game against the Jets. The most trusted USA sportsbooks had set the Giants as underdogs in that game.

The opening quarter was pedestrian at best for both sides. Neither team put together a scoring drive, and the starting defenses looked sharp. The first three offensive possessions ended in punts before Roethlisberger threw an interception to Cory Webster. Running back Danny Ware did suffer a concussion at the end of the period, hurting his chances to get on the field in 2010 ahead of Andre Brown.

Roethlisberger led the Steelers down the field on the way to a field goal drive thanks to a couple of big pass plays down the field. Jeff Reed put the ball through the uprights from 26 yards to put the away team on top. Ahmad Bradshaw was on a mission to answer the score after Bomar hit Steve Smith with a 45 yard strike. From nine yards out, Bradshaw pounded the left side to get in the endzone and put his team on top 7-3. The Giants defense suffered a untimely miscue, allowing Mike Wallace to burn them down the middle for a 68-yard touchdown pass from Leftwich to put the Steelers ahead 10-7.

The third quarter belonged to the Steelers as Dennis Dixon drove the team on a nine play, 70-yard drive that ended with Isaac Redman’s 12-yard romp into the endzone. Dixon led the Steelers on another touchdown drive after a Giants’ punt. Dwayne Wright put the ball in from the two-yard line, and the Steelers enjoyed a 24-7 lead.

In the final quarter the Giants made a futile attempt at a come back on the opening drive when Andre Brown finished off a 74-yard drive that started in the third quarter. The Giants would score again on their next offensive possession when Lawrence Tynes hit a 42-yard field goal. The score would stand at 24-17

Bodog sportsbook had set the Steelers as three-point favorites prior to the game, and the 41 points scored in the game was enough to go over the 36-point line.

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