Steelers Look To Big Game, Big Celebration

The Steelers will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their fourth and last Super Bowl victory by their 1979 team. Players and coaches from that team will be honored in a halftime ceremony Sunday. The Steelers remain the only team to win consecutive Super Bowls on two different occasions.

Bill Cowher is not happy about Pittsburgh's 51 penalties for 488 yards. Steelers opponents have been penalized 45 times for 372 yards.

"We have had way too many penalties. What is getting very frustrating is our return game. I feel like every time we go out there, and I am not going to stop talking about it, but I am losing my patience."

Rookie tackle Max Starks could be playing more in upcoming games. He dressed and played for the first time last Sunday a few times in the offensive line and he may see more action.

"He has gotten better and better in practice, Cowher said. "He is ready to play both tackle positions. His very first play he went in there for Marvel (Smith), who wasn't real happy about it, but we took him out.

"And on (Jerome Bettis') long run, he had a great block. He played some in the goal line situations and he is coming along and making excellent progress."

The fade pass nearly disappeared from the Steelers gameplan the past several years, but it made a comeback last Sunday in Heinz Field. Rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a perfect fade to receiver Plaxico Burress along the left side of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown.

"For the past four years that I've been here it's always been a throw where they wanted to go for the pylon, Burress said. "They kind of wanted me to outrun the guy at the line of scrimmage and beat him to the pylon, it has to almost be a perfect throw.

"Just give me a chance to go make a play on the football. That's something we hadn't done. It's always a throw to the pylon. It has to be a perfect throw for that. I said just throw it up there and put some air under it and give me time to set my feet and jump, man."

Running Stats: 26,658 - The rushing yards compiled by the Steelers since Bill Cowher became their coach in 1992, more than any other team during that span.

Quote The Coach: "Philadelphia is a team that runs the ball to give their receivers a chance to catch their breath." - Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher.

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