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Mike Tomlin says Mathew Sexton's big punt return 'ignited' the Steelers

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The Steelers had a great performance from their special teams in their 16-3 win over the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night.

Rookie punter Pressley Harvin III punted four times for 183 yards and had a net average of 45.5. Three of Harvin's punts landed inside the Cowboys' 20-yard line. Also in the fourth quarter, Harvin punted a knuckleball that caused Reggie Davis to muff it, and Anthony Johnson recovered the loose ball at the Cowboys' 25-yard line.

Mathew Sexton also had an impressive 36-yard punt return that gave the Steelers a spark when they were down 3-0 in the third quarter. Four plays later, Kalen Ballage bulldozed his way into the end zone for a 4-yard score to give the Steelers a 6-3 lead. It was all set up by Sexton's big punt return, though.

"Pressley did some nice things. I thought they all did some nice things," Mike Tomlin said. "I thought Sexton's was a big punt return. I thought it ignited us. I don't know that we had done much offensively to then. That was a springboard for us moving forward. I just liked the efforts and energy of a lot of people. (Calvin) Bundage made a couple of tackles on kickoff. I thought that was good to see."

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