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IT’S EASY TO FIGURE HOW STEELERS LOST

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Bill Cowher was enraged the officials couldn't do simple math, but the Minnesota Vikings certainly had no problem counting to 44.

No matter if the Pittsburgh Steelers used 11 or 12 players on a missed Minnesota field goal attempt, these numbers added up Sunday - even if line judge Ben Montgomery did the calculating:- Five turnovers, three on as many Steelers' offensive plays, were converted into two Vikings' touchdowns and a team-record 24-point third quarter.

- Six interceptions, three each thrown by Mike Tomczak and Jim Miller, could be summed up in Cowher's description of the officiating: A debacle.

- The Steelers converted three first-half Minnesota turnovers into only three points, numbers that will never compute into success.

- Warren Moon threw two touchdown passes to Cris Carter while becoming the first pro quarterback to surpass 60,000 career passing yards.

- The seven turnovers - the Steelers' high since they committed eight in their infamous 51-0 loss to Cleveland in 1989 - equaled a 44-24 Vikings' victory.

Cowher doesn't need a remedial math course - even if he suggested that Montgomery take one - to know the Steelers (2-2) won't turn their season around until the turnovers cease. They've committed 12 in their last two games.