Two Talib Near-Picks Burn BucsSeptember 26th, 2010
Now Joe’s not ragging on Aqib Talib in this post. Instead, this post is to illustrate how a few inches can turn into points.
Yeah, Talib had an interception in the first quarter when the Bucs were very much in the game. But it was two near-misses Talib damned near had that later turned into Pittsburgh touchdowns that helped turn the game into a blowout.
It appeared that Talib had an interception in the corner of the end zone in the second quarter when the ball bounced off his fingertips and into the waiting arms of Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. Touchdown Steelers.
Later in the same quarter, a Charlie Batch (Charlie Batch?) pass to the right sailed right through the arms of a diving Talib that Wallace caught for a first down. Pittsburgh later scored a touchdown on the same drive.
If Talib could have hauled in two more picks, would it have changed the game around? Maybe, maybe not. But it shows how just a few inches can mean the difference in a great defensive play, and six points for the opposition.