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2010 Look Back – Falcons Fall in Opener in Pittsburgh 15-9

Today we start our look back at the 2010 season, one where the Falcons fell short of their goals but still had a great year. Today it’s the opener in Pittsburgh, a game they should have won but lost in OT 15-9.

The Falcons had their chances on Sunday to steal one in Pittsburgh, but in the end Rashard Mendenhall was too much as the Falcons lost 15-9 in overtime.

Matt Ryan and the offense had two chances to get it done, with the game tied 9-9 late in the fourth quarter he was picked by Troy Polamalu that set the Steelers up at the Atlanta 30 with 1:40 left. The Steelers gained 9 yards on three plays to set up Jeff Reed with a 40-yard field goal attempt with :39 seconds left.

The kick was no good, and both teams went into overtime for the third straight time between the two franchises. The Falcons got the ball first, and they started at their 9 after a penalty, got to the 24 before a hold against James Harrison on third down killed any shot they had.

Michael Koenen’s punt only went to midfield, setting up the heroics for Mendenhall. On the Steelers first play, the Steelers workhorse back took it off tackle, going 50 yards almost untouched into the end zone to end the game 2:35 into the OT.

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