Backs against the wall, playing at home, Al and Cris in the booth. The stage was set for The Win That Righted The Ship.
The Bears sent their message quickly, jumping out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter. It was a familiar story on offense for the Steelers, as Ben Roethlisberger was asked to move the ball without the help of a running game. Roethlisberger gave it his best shot, throwing for more than 400 yards and getting Pittsburgh within 27-23 in the fourth quarter.
"We gotta take better care of the football," Mike Tomlin said after the game. "I'm not going to characterize it in any other way other than that."
The Steelers can't run, can't protect the football, can't make stops when it counts. It's a far cry from the Tomlin-led teams we remember.