Bryan Altman

The Steelers’ defense continues to prove that it’s back.

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In an early, yet potentially critical moment of Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Giants, the defense — and specifically linebacker Lawrence Timmons — made a spectacular play to keep the Giants off the scoreboard and put the Steelers’ offense back on the field to increase their 5-0 lead.

The Giants drove down the field following a Steelers field goal and seemed poised to at least cut into Pittsburgh’s lead or take it outright with a touchdown, but the defense had other plans.

Giants QB Eli Manning tried to hit TE Larry Donnell in the end zone but Timmons made a beautiful leaping grab for the interception and turned up field for a 58-yard return.

The Steelers managed to turn Timmons’ pick into an Antonio Brown touchdown grab and extended their lead to 11-0 (they failed on a two-point conversion attempt).

Since the defense suffered arguably their worst performance of the year against the Cowboys in a tough Week 10 loss, they have been as stout as any unit in the league.

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They allowed less than 10 points in their two subsequent games against the Browns and the Colts and are proving that they can be counted on if the Steelers can continue their push for the postseason.