It didn't take long for Steelers S Troy Polamalu to look like the player he was last season before he injured his Achilles tendon.
In his first appearance since the Super Bowl, Polamalu looked like the 2010 NFL defensive player of the year with a number of dazzling plays in the first half of a 24-14 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The highlight was an interception of a tipped Michael Vick pass in which Polamalu weaved his way for a 36-yard return, holding the ball one-handed and looking as if he wanted to lateral before eventually being tackled low by Vick.
Polamalu made his presence known on several other occasions.
He nearly had another interception on a pass intended for wide receiver Jason Avant, but the ball was tipped by linebacker Lawrence Timmons as Polamalu closed on the receiver. One play earlier, Polamalu came flying to the line of scrimmage and took out pulling guard Todd Herremans, allowing linebacker LaMarr Woodley to stop running back LeSean McCoy (from Pitt) after a 2-yard gain.
In the second quarter, Polamalu made a diving breakup of a pass for tight end Brent Celek.