Now it's time for the second 2002 AFC Divisional Playoff from Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. Game time temperature is 61 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and a south wind at 9 MPH. The Raiders scored first with a field goal on the final play of the first quarter. Marcus Knight's punt return gave the Raiders the ball at the Steelers' twenty-six yard line, but the offense lost three yards on the next three plays, which led to a forty-six yard field goal attempt by kicker Sebastian Janikowski, The kick was good, and the Raiders took a 3-0 lead. The Raiders added to their lead by forcing a turnover on the ensuing Steelers' possession. Tommy Maddox's pass intended for Plaxico Burress was picked off by linebacker Bill Romanowski, who returned the ball to the Steelers' thirty-seven. The biggest play of the drive came on third and thirteen from the Pittsburgh forty, as Rich Gannon found Tim Brown for twenty-nine yards and a first down. On the next play, Gannon found reserve tight end Doug Jolley for the touchdown. Janikowski added the extra point, and the Silver and Black led 10-0 with 10:26 left in the first half. The Raiders added to their lead again with another touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half. Knight returned another Josh Miller punt to his own forty, and Gannon completed passes of twenty-two and eighteen yards to wide receiver Jerry Porter. The touchdown came from eight yards out, as Gannon went to the one and only Jerry Rice. Janikowski added the extra point, and the Raiders led 17-0 with 1:56 to play in the first half. The Steelers finally got on the board thanks to a perfectly run two-minute drill my Maddox. He completed passes of eleven and thirteen yards to Burress, twelve yards to Antwaan Randle El, and nineteen yards to Hines Ward. The drive reached the Raiders' five-yard line with two seconds left in the half, which left just enough time for a twenty-two yard field goal attempt by Jeff Reed. The kick was good, and our halftime score was Raiders 17, Steelers 3. The only points in the third quarter came from the Raiders, who added a field goal after taking the opening kickoff. Gannon found Rice for twelve yards and Brown for eighteen, and running back Charlie Garner added a thirteen-yard catch-and-run. The drive died at the Pittsburgh nineteen, and Janikowski's thirty-six yard attempt split the uprights to extend the Oakland lead to 20-3 after three quarters. The Raiders added their final touchdown in the opening moments of the fourth quarter, as Maddox threw a pass right to reserve cornerback Terrance Shaw, whose return set up the offense at the Pittsburgh forty-one. The touchdown came from nine yards out, as running back Tyrone Wheatley charged through a big hole in the middle of the Steelers' defense and into the end zone. Janikowski added the extra point, and the Raiders led 27-3 with about nine minutes remaining in regulation. The Steelers closed the scoring with a touchdown on their next possession. Ward caught a ten-yard pass from Maddox, then lined up at quarterback on the next play. Here's Greg Gumbel with what happened next: "Hines Ward now at quarterback, with Maddox split out in the slot. Direct snap to Ward, and there's a hole. He's over the forty, forty-five, midfield, and now he's in the clear! One Raider left to beat at the thirty, and he falls down! Hines Ward will go all the way on the direct snap for the touchdown! The Steelers finally get some offense, but they still trail by three scores with 4:56 left in regulation." Phil Simms: "Everyone should know by now that the Steelers love to run plays like this because of guys like Ward and Randle El who have been college quarterbacks. The Raiders seem to be caught short on defense, and (cornerback) Anthony Dorsett has the bad luck to fall down when he had a path to make the tackle. The trouble is, it's probably too little and too ;ate for the Steelers, who still have to score three times in the last five minutes." Reed added the extra point, and we had our final: Raiders 27, Steelers 10. Gannon was named MVP by CBS. He completed nineteen of twenty-six for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Brown was his leading target with five catches for seventy-five yards, and Rice added five more catches for fifty-seven yards and a touchdown. Porter added fifty-four yards on three catches. The running game helped out to the best of its ability; Garner led the way with forty-seven yards on eighteen carries. After leading the Steelers' offense to be one of the most prolific in the league over the course of the season, Maddox picked a bad time to have a bad day. He completed just ten of his twenty-four passes for ninety-five yards and three interceptions, two of which led directly to Oakland scores. Ward was the leading receiver with three catches for thirty-five yards, and his sixty-nine yard touchdown run made him the team's leading rusher as well. Amos Zereoue was held to thirty-eight yards on nine carries, and Jerome Bettis carried eleven times for just seventeen yards. About the only bright spot for the Steelers was the pass rush, which sacked Gannon five times. Linebacker Kendrell Bell had a pair. The Raiders will host the Miami Dolphins in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Kickoff from Network Associates Coliseum is scheduled for 6:30 PM Eastern on CBS, and Greg and Phil will once again call the action. Armen Keteyian will be joined by Bonnie Bernstein on the sidelines. 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