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Steelers Lose 18-13 to Giants in First Exhibition Game

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Steelers lose 18-13 to Giants in first exhibition game
August 10, 2013 10:57 pm By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The New York Giants defeated the Steelers 18-13 Saturday night in a typical, sloppy first exhibition game.
The Steelers whittled into the Giants lead when linebacker Adrian Robinson recovered a bad snap on third-and-22 in the end zone after it was batted around a bit for a touchdown.
The Steelers trailed 15-13 with 12:04 left in the game.
Josh Brown, however, kicked a 47-yard field goal with 4:32 left to add to New York's lead, 18-13.
The Giants had extended their lead to 15-6 after three quarters.
The only score of the third quarter came when Steelers rookie quarterback Landry Jones, taking his first snap from his four yardline in his first game, collided with halfback Baron Batch in the backfield. Jones lost the ball, picked it up but was tackled in the end zone for a two-point safety.
New York led 13-6 at halftime.
The teams traded field goals for the only scores of the second quarter. Shaun Suisham kicked his second field goal of the night, from 41 yards for the Steelers, and Brown made it 2-for-2 with a 30-yarder on the last play of the half.
Rookie halfback Le'Veon Bell's much-anticipated debut did not take place. Mike Tomlin, who had promised on Thursday to play him with some of the first teamers, scratched him before the game because of a sore knee. Bell had a bruised knee from the previous week but had returned to practice last week.
Also, backup inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester left the game for good with a right ankle injury in the second quarter. He was hurt when hit by rookie teammate Markus Wheaton while covering a punt.
Eli Manning threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz to give the New York Giants a 10-3 lead over the Steelers after one quarter of play.
Cruz beat cornerback William Gay deep down the middle, also getting behind Troy Polamalu. Cruz caught the pass at the Steelers' 28 and ran in for the score with 1:10 to go.

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