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Evander "Ziggy" Hood. I'm thinking he saved the Steelers' season. The team finished the regular...

Evander "Ziggy" Hood. I'm thinking he saved the Steelers' season. The team finished the regular season 7-3 without Smith. Its top-ranked run defense gave up 63.8 yards per game with [star end Aaron] Smith and 62.1 with Hood, an amazing statistic because Smith is known as a peerless 3-4 run-stopping defensive end. Overall, the defense gave up 36 fewer yards per game with Hood. "He's been getting better every week, but I thought the last game was his best game," Farrior said. The 31-24 playoff win against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday. "He was all over the place," Farrior said. "He played good fundamental football. He had to play that way for us to win."

Via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook.
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