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Steelers...37 49ers...16

September 24, 2007|From the Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Tomlin's record after three games as Steelers coach is the same as Bill Cowher's was in 1992. Perfect.

Pittsburgh played nearly error-free for the third week in a row, with Allen Rossum returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Willie Parker running for 133 yards in a defense-driven 37-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

The Steelers shut down the 49ers (2-1) the same way they did the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills the previous two weeks, giving up no big plays and coming up with third-down stops. Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 97-26.

Parker had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game and sixth in seven games dating to last season, yardage the Steelers needed on a day quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw only when necessary. Roethlisberger was 13 for 20 for 160 yards.

Quoteworthy: "That's our goal defensively, to smash that run and make a team one-dimensional." -- Brett Keisel, Steelers defensive end

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