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Never was that more apparent than on Sunday, when his 95yard catch from Ben Roethlisberger, the longest pass reception in Steelers history, set the stage for Pittsburgh's 3220 victory over Arizona, the Cardinals' fifth loss in a row.
"You know he can run by you," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, "but he still finds a way to do it."
Roethlisberger, 26 of 39 for 361 yards, also had TD passes of 12 yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the teams since Pittsburgh's 2723 thriller over the Cardinals in the 2009 Super Bowl.
Kevin Kolb threw a pair of touchdown passes for Arizona (15), his first in three games, but missed several open receivers and, with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentional grounding call in the Cardinals' end zone for a safety.
Pittsburgh (52) won its third straight and improved to 22 on the road.
Shaun Suisham kicked field goals of 41, 42 and 39 yards for the Steelers.
The big play from Roethlisberger to Wallace, cheered on by a crowd that included a generous and boisterous bunch of Steelers fans, came in the second quarter Cam Newton Jersey Ebay after an Arizona Cam Newton Jersey drive stalled at the Steelers 39 and Dave Zastudil's 30yard punt pinned Pittsburgh on its 9yard line. A false start penalty pushed it back to the Steelers 5.
On the next play, Roethlisberger dropped back into the Pittsburgh end zone and lofted a pass down the sideline toward Wallace, who had beaten cornerback Richard Marshall.
Wallace caught the ball in stride, breaking free of a pair of wouldbe tacklers along the way, and raced to the end zone for the score that made it 140 with 8:09 left in the half.
He said he was not the No. 1 receiver on the play, but was trying to clear things out for Miller underneath.
"Their guy jumped outside and let me get inside," he said. "The safety was in the middle of the field so I just threw my hand up."
And the ball landed perfectly in his fingertips.
"A play like that kind of deflates them I would hope. I hope it takes a lot of out them but they kept playing," Wallace said.
The previous longest pass play was 90 yards, first set by Terry Bradshaw to Mark Malone against Seattle in 1981, then matched by Bubby Brister to Dwight Stone against Denver in 1990 and Kordell Stewart to Bobby Shaw against Baltimore in 2001.
It was the secondlongest play from scrimmage for the Pittsburgh franchise. Only Bobby Gage's 97yard run against Chicago in 1949 was longer.
Down 177 at the half, the Cardinals cut the lead to 1714 with 9:26 left in the third quarter when Kolb threw short over the middle to LaRod StephensHowling and the 5foot7 back outran defenders on a 73yard touchdown play.
Pittsburgh scored the next 15 points.
"I still don't think we are there," Roethlisberger said. "I think we are getting closer, There are still some things we can do to get better but that is good. It is early in the year still and we need to make those improvements. We don't want to be just clicking at 100 percent now. We want to be winning games and moving forward."
The Steelers rolled for 445 yards in a successful warmup to next Sunday's home showdown www.nikepanthersnflstore.com/Black+Cam+Newton+Jersey against New England.
The Cardinals find their season on the brink of disaster. Arizona plays four of its next five on the road, beginning next Sunday at Baltimore.
The Cardinals have lost 10 straight road Cam Newton Black Jersey games, their past win at St. Louis in the 2010 season opener.
Kolb, acquired from Philadelphia then signed to a fiveyear, $63 million contract with $21 million guaranteed still is struggling with the Arizona offense, although he insists things are getting better with each game.
Arizona was coming off a bye week and Kolb had talked about how good the practices had been.
"I feel from a personal standpoint, in and out of the huddle, the plays, it all came a lot smoother to me today," he said. "Obviously there were a couple of throws that I would like to have back. Those plays need to be made. That's me, too."
Against the Steelers, Kolb was 18 of 34 for 272 yards and two scores, with one interception.
The pick came after Arizona took the opening kickoff.
On first down from the Cardinals 27, Kolb threw to rookie tight end Rob Housler. The ball bounced off Housler's helmet into the arms of the Steelers' Ryan Clark, who returned the interception 10 yards to the Arizona 31.