QUARTERBACK: D This guy is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback? Ben Roethlisberger did the job -- barely -- which is the only reason he doesn't get an F. Because a 22.6 passer rating, two terrible interceptions and 123 yards is lame, lame, lame. And, no, it didn't look as if he scored on that semi-dive toward the end zone.
RUNNING BACKS: B It's amazing what one big run can do for a team. WillieParker's 75-yard dash around the right end early in the second half may have been the most important play in the game for the Steelers. If not for that run, Parker would have had a line that read "9 carries for 18 yards", and the Seahawks might be celebrating right now. Jerome Bettis went quietly in his last game (14 carries, 43 yards).
OFFENSIVE LINE: C This, too, is based mostly on one play. Guard Alan Faneca pulled on the big run and buried linebacker LeRoy Hill, sending Parker on his way. Other than that, the Steelers' OL was pretty pedestrian, allowing too much heat on Roethlisberger and not getting enough push in the running game.
RECEIVERS: C It's hard to get a good read on the receivers when Roethlisberger completed only nine passes. Still, the Steelers had all they needed with MVP Hines Ward, who caught five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. It shows the struggles of the passing game, though, when the Steelers' best pass came from a wideout. That was a 43-yard TD toss from Antwaan Randle El to Ward on a trick play, which ultimately buried the Seahawks.
DEFENSIVE LINE: D Yeah, nose guard Casey Hampton slipped in for a sack, but the Steelers' defensive line didn't hold against the run (Shaun Alexander averaged 4.8 yards a carry) and didn't get consistent pressure on Matt Hasselbeck (he was 26-of-49 for 273 yards and a touchdown).
LINEBACKERS: C James Farrior had six tackles, and Clark Haggans had five, including a sack, but for all his pregame mouthing off, where was Joey Porter? (He had three tackles.) Where was the consistent pressure on Hasselbeck?
SECONDARY: C - Cornerback Ike Taylor was picked on a lot -- that's why he led the team with seven tackles -- but he did manage to get a gift interception at a critical juncture, and his fellow corner, Deshea Townsend, sacked Hasselbeck and was credited with six tackles. The Seahawks had a lot of open receivers in the secondary. If the Seahawks hadn't dropped so many easy balls, the Steelers' secondary would have been blamed for the loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C Absolutely nothing special, nothing close to spectacular, nothing egregiously bad. Special teams often win or lose games. This was not one of those times. Punter Chris Gardocki was average and kicker Jeff Reed never attempted a field goal. Plus, the return teams did nothing. Ho hum.
COACHING: B At least Bill Cowher didn't panic when things were going so badly. Parker had only 11 yards on six carries in the first half, but the coach handed the ball to him early in the second and the trust paid off. Likewise, even though defensive coordinator DickLeBeau's zone blitzes weren't effective, he mostly stuck with his plan, and it worked. LeBeau made some adjustments, moving the safety over the top to try to hold down wide receiver Darrell Jackson. But, mostly, the Steelers played the way they always do. And that was enough.