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Thanks to Willie Parker and Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh proved it can win with flash and dash, not just with big backs and big hits.
Parker had a dazzling first career start with 161 yards rushing and a long reception, and Roethlisberger threw for two scores in a rout at home.
The Steelers scored on their first six possessions -- four touchdowns and two field goals -- and won their 15th in a row during the regular season. Roethlisberger had a perfect 158.3 passer rating; he is the first NFL quarterback since Kansas City's Trent Green in 2003 to have a perfect rating.
After the Titans scored on their opening drive, Roethlisberger went 5 of 5 for 88 yards on the Steelers' opening drive, and his 48-yard swing pass to Parker set up a three-yard touchdown pass to first-round draft pick Heath Miller.
After Steve McNair deftly drove Tennessee 61 yards, the Titans lost a fumble by new RB Travis Henry, missed a field goal and were intercepted on their next three possessions. The Steelers scored after all three, on Roethlisberger's 63-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El, Jeff Reed's 27-yard field goal and Parker's 11-yard run.
Reed went 2 for 2 and has made 19 in a row, tying Gary Anderson's 1994 team record.
Parker, playing because of injuries to Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley, nearly equaled the 181 yards he had as a non-starting senior at North Carolina. He had rushed for 263 yards in the only two NFL games in which he had substantial playing time. He ran for 102 yards against Buffalo in what to the Steelers was a meaningless season-ending game in January.
McNair looked fine after missing half of the 2004 season with a sternum injury, going 18 of 26 for 219 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Brown averaged 5.7 yards on his 11 carries.
Tennessee: Troupe 1 pass from McNair (Bironas kick), 8:23.
Pittsburgh: Miller 3 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick), 2:42.
Pittsburgh: FG Reed 44, 10:50.
Pittsburgh: Randle El 63 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick), 8:49.
Pittsburgh: FG Reed 27, 0:21.
Pittsburgh: Parker 11 run (Reed kick), 11:37.
Pittsburgh: Haynes 5 run (Reed kick), 2:03.
TitansSteelersFirst Downs 1618Total Net Yards 303424Rushes-Yards 23-9741-206Passing 206218Punt Returns 1-101-0Kickoff Returns 6-1322-40Interceptions Ret. 0-02-20Comp-Att-Int 18-27-29-11-0Sacked-Yards Lost 3-130-0Punts 2-46.03-45.7Fumbles-Lost 4-20-0Penalties-Yards 7-493-27Time Of Possession 29:1030:50 RUSHING
Tennessee: Brown 11-63, Henry 10-35, McNair 2-(minus 1).
Pittsburgh: Parker 22-161, Haynes 11-33, Randle El 1-6, Roethlisberger 3-5, Herron 3-2, Ward 1-(minus 1).
Tennessee: McNair 18-26-1-219, Volek 0-1-1-0.
Pittsburgh: Roethlisberger 9-11-0-218.
Tennessee: Kinney 5-58, Troupe 4-28, Bennett 3-79, Jones 2-30, Scaife 2-22, Calico 2-2.
Pittsburgh: Randle El 2-89, Wilson 2-26, Ward 2-25, Parker 1-48, Tuman 1-27, Miller 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Tennessee: Bironas 47 (WR).