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Steelers' Wallace accepting role in short passing game

| Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 11:58 p.m.

Mike Wallace's 51-yard scoring catch Sunday was his ninth of 50 yards or more, or nearly one-third of his 29 touchdowns.

Only this wasn't a deep ball; it was a shorter pass that Wallace turned into a long one.

“I'm kind of understanding my role in the offense, it's not just to go deep any more, (it's) kind of short, and it's just learning to accept that,” Wallace said. “My history and being the kind of player I am, I like deep plays. But I've got to continue staying in the game and, like I said, catch a short one and make it long. That's going to be my focus for the rest of the year.”

• The Steelers surrendered an average of 126 yards in the fourth quarter while losing to the Broncos, Raiders and Titans. They gave up an average of only 26 yards during their three-game winning streak against the Bengals, Redskins and Giants. The minus-9 yards the Giants lost Sunday in the fourth quarter were the second fewest yards by any NFL team in any quarter this season.

• The failed fake field goal Sunday was a designed play but wasn't certain to be run when the Steelers lined up. According to holder Drew Butler, “We got the look we wanted.” — the alignment by the Giants defense required for the fake to be attempted. The Steelers were operating with a short field — Shaun Suisham's field-goal attempt would have been from only 20 yards — so Giants defender Michael Coe didn't have much ground to cover to bring down Suisham.

Ben Roethlisberger doesn't believe that flying on the day of the game was a rallying point before the Steelers beat the Giants. “Maybe if you're a high school or a college team,” he said. “At this level? We had guys laying in hallways sleeping. It was adversity, but I'd hate to sit here and say we overcame some great adversity. We played well and got it done.” Don't look for the Steelers to try a repeat; the NFL bent its rules requiring a team to travel at least the day before a game only because of the Hurricane Sandy emergency.

• Coach Mike Tomlin will update the injury situation further Tuesday at his news conference, but running back Chris Rainey apparently has a rib cartilage injury and receiver Antonio Brown has a mild high-ankle sprain. The Steelers don't play until Monday, so players will get an extra day to heal.

— Alan Robinson

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