It was a costly 41-24 win for the Pittsburgh
Steelers over the St. Louis Rams last night. Steelers running back
Willie Parker, the NFL's leading rusher, broke a bone in his lower
right leg in the first quarter and is out for the season.
Parker entered the game with 1,317 yards and consecutive
100-yard games. He had one carry for a 1-yard loss before leaving
the game. Najeh Davenport replaced Parker in the lineup and came up
big. Davenport ran for 123 yards on 24 carries and scored two TDs.
The Steelers snapped a late-season two-game losing streak and moved
one step closer to a playoff berth. The 10-and-5 Steelers are a
half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AFC North race but own the
head-to-head tiebreaker over the Browns.
The Rams' Marc Bulger threw three touchdown passes but was
intercepted twice. Ike Taylor returned one of those picks 51 yards
for a touchdown with 3:46 to go put the game out of reach.
The Steelers, 8-and-8 last season, can clinch the division with
a Cleveland loss at Cincinnati on Sunday. They also clinch a
playoff berth if the Titans lose to the Jets.