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December 18 [Sun], 2011, 13:58
UpdatedOct 23, 2011 8:22 PM ETGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)In the long history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, there has neverbeen a pass like it, and the play set the tone for a big day.Ben Roethlisberger threw 95 yards to Mike Wallace for thefranchise's longest pass play and Pittsburgh went on to hand theArizona Cardinals their fifth consecutive loss, 32-20 onSunday.Roethlisberger, 26 of 39 for 361 yards, also had TD passes of 12yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the firstgame between the teams since Pittsburgh's 27-23 thriller over theCardinals in the 2009 Super Bowl.Kevin Kolb threw a pair of touchdown passes for Arizona (1-5),his first in three games, but missed several open receivers and,with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentionalgrounding call in the Cardinals' end zone for a safety.Pittsburgh (5-2) won its third straight and improved to 2-2 onthe road.Shaun Suisham kicked field goals of 41, 42 and 39 yards for theSteelers.The big play from Roethlisberger to Wallace, cheered on by acrowd that included a generous and boisterous bunch of Steelersfans, came in the second quarter after an Arizona drive stalled atthe Steelers 39 and Dave Zastudil's 30-yard punt pinned Pittsburghon its 9-yard line. A false start pushed it back to the Steelers5.On the next play, Roethlisberger dropped back into thePittsburgh end zone and lofted a pass down the sideline towardWallace, who had beaten cornerback Richard Marshall.Wallace caught the ball in stride, breaking free of a pair ofwould-be tacklers along the way, and raced to the end zone for thescore that made it 14-0 with 8:09 left in the half.The previous longest pass play was 90 yards, first set by TerryBradshaw to Mark Malone against Seattle in 1981, then matched byBubby Brister to Dwight Stone against Denver in 1990 and KordellStewart to Bobby Shaw against Baltimore in 2001.It was the second-longest play from scrimmage ever for thePittsburgh franchise. Only Bobby Gage's 97-yard run against Chicagoin 1949 was longer.Down 17-7 at the half, the Cardinals cut the lead to 17-14 with9:26 left in the third quarter when Kolb threw short over themiddle to LaRod Stephens-Howling and the 5-foot-7 back outrandefenders on a 73-yard touchdown play.The Steelers rolled for 445 yards in a successful warmup to nextSunday's home showdown against New England.The Cardinals find their season on the brink of disaster.Arizona plays four of its next five on the road, beginning nextSunday at Baltimore.The Cardinals have lost 10 straight road games, their past winat St. Louis in the 2010 season opener.Kolb, acquired from Philadelphia then signed to a five-year, $63million contract - with $21 million guaranteed - still isstruggling with the Arizona offense at times.Against the Steelers, he was 18 of 34 for 272 yards and twoscores, with one interception.The pick came after Arizona took the opening kickoff.On first down from the Cardinals 27, Kolb threw to rookie tightend Rob Housler. The ball bounced off Housler's helmet into thearms of the Steelers' Ryan Clark, who returned the interception 10yards to the Arizona 31.Five plays later, Roethlisberger threw 12 yards to a wide openMiller for the touchdown.After the stunning 95-yarder to Wallace, the Cardinals mountedtheir first scoring drive.A pair of penalties against Ike Taylor, who played a physicaldefense - usually against Larry Fitzgerald - throughout the game,aided Arizona's 13-play, 80-yard drive that ended with AlfonsoSmith's 1-yard run with 1:25 to play.But aided by three penalties against the Arizona secondary - twoon Patrick Peterson - the Steelers drove for a 41-yard field goalby Suisham as the half ended to boost Pittsburgh's lead to17-7.Arizona running back Beanie Wells rushed for 42 yards beforeleaving the game in the second quarter with a sprained right knee.Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward was carted off in the secondhalf with an ankle injury.Miller caught four passes to move ahead of Franco Harris forsixth in Steelers career receptions with 308.Fitzgerald caught four passes for 78 yards.

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