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NFB: Steelers beat Miami in lowest scoring game in years


Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, left, is upended by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, top right, and linebacker James Farrior, bottom right, in the second quarter of their game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday.


Jeff Reed's 24-yard field goal with 17 seconds left gave the Steelers a 3-0 victory on Monday night over winless Miami in the lowest scoring game in 14 years.

It was the first


game in the NFL since the Jets beat visiting Washington on Dec. 11, 1993.

Hanging with the division-leading Steelers


for 59-and-a-half minutes in the longest scoreless tie since the Lions and Giants on Nov. 11, 1943, the Dolphins


couldn't get the game to overtime in the first 3-0 game since the Jets beat the Redskins on Dec. 11, 1993.

The only scoring drive started on the Dolphins' 42 after Miami punted out of its end zone. Ben Roethlisberger drove the Steelers into field goal range with completions of 21, 11 and 6 yards to Hines Ward.

Reed, who had missed badly from 45 yards earlier on a rain-drenched field, came through after Roethlisberger was sacked on third down.

NFL games have been played in downpours and blizzards, and the aftermath of a hurricane -- the Steelers-Dolphins game in Miami in September 2004 -- but this was a first: a lightning and heavy rain delay in a late November game in Pittsburgh.

Lightning chased the players off Heinz Field during their pregame warmups, and the teams were given only nine hurried-up minutes for additional warmups before the game started at 8:55pm, 25 minutes later than scheduled.

The delayed start meant no national anthem or player introductions. The rain washed away nearly all the yard lines on a new grass field that had been in place less than 24 hours, and Heinz Field crews hurriedly put down new lines at halftime.

At least for the first half, the offenses didn't need to be introduced, considering how little yardage was being gained on the slippery, rain-soaked field. The Steelers had 112 yards and the Dolphins only 71 by halftime, even with Dolphins running back Ricky Williams back on the field, at least for a few minutes. The 2002 NFL rushing champion, reinstated last week following a drug-related suspension, carried six times for 15 yards.

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