Reporting Heather Abraham
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Mike Wallace made the touchdown grab every fan in America, let alone those who braved the elements at Heinz Field, may discuss Tuesday morning, but after a 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, his mind was on injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Anytime you lose the best in the game, at any position, it’s going to hurt your team. But we have guys capable of stepping in and running this team, even if we lose Ben for a couple games–hopefully not,” Wallace said afterward.
In the meantime, he’s just thankful he held onto that game-tying touchdown pass from Ben–one of only three catches for 14 yards–which survived the scrutiny of automatic video review.
“I knew it kind of went off my leg, but usually, you know if it touches the ground, and I never felt it touch the ground, so I was pretty confident about it,” he explained.
Managing the rest of the game without their franchise quarterback was not ideal, but Wallace was still impressed with how his team played under the circumstances.
“Our coaches just kept our gameplan rolling. I don’t play quarterback, so I don’t know what adjustments our coaches made to the calls, but I still think we did pretty good. Our defense really helped out today.”
Hear what else Wallace had to say about the victory, which leaves the Steelers (6-3) still just a game behind the Ravens (7-2) in the AFC North:
Those two teams meet at Heinz Field in prime time, the first of two meetings over the next three weeks, this approaching Sunday.