Steelers Suffer Tough Loss in Denver

By: Associated press
By: Associated press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger is done with the Denver Broncos.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback says he can do without another road trip to the Mile High City after a 31-19 loss to the Broncos in the season opener Sunday.

On the same field where Pittsburgh's 2011 season ended with an overtime playoff loss, the Steelers began 2012 with a second-half meltdown that allowed new Denver quarterback Peyton Manning to show the rest of the league he was fully recovered from a series of neck surgeries that forced him to miss all of last year.

The Broncos scored 24 points in the second half, exposing Pittsburgh's defense with an efficient no-huddle offense that had the Steelers out of position most of the night. Safety Troy Polamalu says the Steelers have plenty to work on before hosting the New York Jets (1-0) next Sunday.

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