OAKLAND -- The Raiders played penalty-free football for a half and traded turnovers with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.The result at halftime, a 17-14 lead for the Steelers after a 33-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham at the gun.Pittsburgh had the first takeaway of the game when safety Ryan Clark picked off Carson Palmer on the Raiders' first offensive play of the game. Palmer was targeting Denarius Moore, but Moore slipped and fell on the infield dirt and the ball sailed into Clark's chest for the pick.Darren McFadden, who entered the day averaging 2.1 yards per carry, finally broke out a long run with a 64-yard dash for a touchdown with 10:33 to play in the first quarter. On five other carries, though, he has just four yards.The Raiders' first takeaway of the season came in the second quarter when Desmond Bryant's hit of Jonathan Dwyer was recovered by Joselio Hanson at the Pittsburgh 30-yard line.Six plays later, Palmer found Darrius Heyward-Bey in the right corner of the end zone on a fade from three yards out to tie the game at 14-14 with 1:54 left in the half.Pittsburgh, though, drove downfield for the field goal at the half.Tight end Heath Miller had a pair of four-yard TD catches for the Steelers, who had 235 yards of total offense, compared to the Raiders' 105 yards. Plus, Pittsburgh was five of nine on third-down conversions while the Raiders were 0-4. The Steelers also had six penalties for 40 yards.
Halftime report: Steelers 17, Raiders 14
September 23, 2012, 10:13 pm