St. Louis Rams cornerback Roderick Hood (26) breaks up a pass to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) in the first quarter of the NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) By Gene J. Puskar
Pittsburgh Steelers running back John Clay gets past St. Louis Rams defensive back Chris Smith (36) for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) By Gene J. Puskar
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Rashard Mendenhall ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Charlie Batch played efficiently in place of an injured Ben Roethlisberger as the Pittsburgh Steelers pummeled lifeless St. Louis 27-0 on Sunday.
The Steelers (11-4) kept their hopes of an AFC North title alive even with Roethlisberger's sprained left ankle forcing him to watch the game from the sideline as the team's third quarterback.
Pittsburgh hardly needed him. The defense had little trouble dominating the NFL's lowest-scoring offense.
St. Louis (2-13) managed just 232 yards while getting shut out for the second time this month. Steven Jackson rushed for 103 yards to top 1,000 for the seventh straight season, but backup quarterback Kellen Clemens sputtered in place of the injured Sam Bradford. The Rams lost their sixth straight.