The Steelers were thrown off their usual road-game routine by the effects of superstorm Sandy, forced to fly in from Pittsburgh yesterday morning rather than Saturday afternoon. The lack of hotel rooms and hotels with power around East Rutherford, N.J., meant that the visiting team would have had to force their way into rooms occupied by displaced New Jerseyans, so the Steelers chose to disrupt their schedule.
It didn't seem to hurt them. And Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed out that a little inconvenience for a pro football team was nothing compared to the suffering of those around this area.
"There's a lot of people that have a lot more adversity than what we had to deal with this morning," Tomlin said. "The bottom line is we were here when they kicked the ball off and that was going to be enough. We focused on those things. We had a nice morning. I thought our guys did a nice job of handling it, we talked openly about it and we showed up to the stadium to play the game."
The Steelers arrived at Newark Airport a little after 9 a.m. and arrived at the stadium shortly after, picking up where they would have been had they stayed in the area.
"Felt kind of weird coming the day of, but any obstacle that comes in our way, we just push it aside and come to work," said running back Isaac Redman, who rushed for 147 yards. "We knew the Giants were dealing with their own adversity, so we couldn't feel bad for ourselves, and we just came out here ready to play."
They were ready, perhaps even more so than the Giants, many of whom were displaced from their homes by the storm and its aftermath.
"We overcame a lot of things: adversity, calls, hurricanes, traveling on the same day," Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace said. "We really showed our true colors today. Everybody made a contribution to this win today."