NFL Scores Week 16: Rams Vs. Steelers, Charlie Batch Leads Balanced Attack In 27-0 Win

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall #34 against the St. Louis Rams during the game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 27-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Steelers cruise to victory behind a steady Charlie Batch and Rashard Mendenhall.

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to rest Ben Rothliesberger on Saturday and give Charlie Batch the chance to lead them against the lowly St. Louis Rams. It was a smart strategy as Batch put together a solid performance in Pittsburgh's 27-0 victory.

Batch finished the game 15-of-22 for 208 yards and an interception. The turnover was early on and Batch settled in for a consistent day and the most yards he's throw in years. He also showed some elusiveness that the Steelers appreciated in lieu of a gimpy Big Ben.

Rashard Mendenhall carried most of the load for Pittsburgh, rushing for 116 yards and a TD on 18 carries. Isaac Redman also got eight carries and grabbed 35 yards and a game-sealing touchdown.

In his first game as a pro, John Clay scored a touchdown on his first and only carry. Clay had been activated from the practice squad earlier in the week.

Kellen Clemens went 9-for-24 for 91 yards in the losing effort. Stephen Jackson rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries.

For more on the Steelers, visit Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Rams, visit Turf Show Times.

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