Yearly Archives 2016

Steelers Beat Ravens, Clinch AFC North Title

As a professional football team, it doesn’t get much better than to have the opportunity to win your division in a Christmas Day matchup on your home field against your arch rival.  The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens exchanged heavy blows today in a back and forth battle, but in the end, the Steelers came away with a hard-fought victory at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger made some big plays and also made some crucial mistakes for Pittsburgh today.  He completed 24 of 33 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns but also two interceptions.  As usual, Le’Veon Bell led the rushing attack with 122 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown.  Antonio Brown had ten catches, 96 yards and touchdown to lead all receivers, while Eli Rogers added four receptions for 84 yards.

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Steelers Use Late Comeback To Tame Bengals

It is late December and for many NFL teams their seasons are on the line.  The Pittsburgh Steelers came into today holding on to the AFC North Divison lead with three division games on the schedule.  Up first was a road contest with the Cincinnati Bengals.  These two teams have a history of hard fought games that borderline on cheap shots.  While today did not feature anything dirty, it was your typical division game that was contested until the end.

Cincinnati struck first with a 23 yard field goal from Randy Bullock, which was then answered by Chris Boswell who booted a 45 yard field to tie the game at three.  A one yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton as time expired to end the first quarter gave the Bengals a 10-3 lead.

The second quarter saw Cincinnati jump out to a two touchdown le...

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Bell, Steelers Beat Bills 27-20

Even though the NFL Playoffs don’t begin for a few weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers need to treat every game as if it is a must-win from here on out.  While they face a steep uphill battle for an AFC Wild Card spot, they control their own destiny for the AFC North title.

Today, the story was Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers’ running game, who ran all over the Buffalo Bills for a 27-20 victory in the snow.

Bell was phenomenal today, rushing for 236 yards (a Steelers record) on 38 carries for three touchdowns.  He also added 62 yards receiving on four receptions.

The Steelers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter.  Bell took it in from three yards out, capping an eight play, 71 yard drive, to give the Steelers a 7-0 advantage...

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Steelers Stay In Division Race, Defeat Giants 24-14

With the calendar turning to December, the Pittsburgh Steelers know they must play their best football down the stretch to earn themselves a playoff birth.  Pittsburgh always gives their opponent their best when they take the field at Heinz Field.  Today the New York Giants awaited them, and they looked to keep their momentum alive towards the playoffs.

The Steelers defense really came out on fire early on.  They were able to collect the first points of the game when a holding penalty on James Harrison with Eli Manning in the endzone ended with a safety.    A 44 yard field goal by Randy Bullock, who took the place of an injured Chris Boswell, ended the first quarter with a 5-0 Pittsburgh lead.

About half way through the second quarter is when the offense came to life for the first to...

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Ben, Bell & Brown Lead Steelers Over Colts

Tonight’s Thanksgiving matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts featured two teams in need of a victory to keep pace in the AFC playoff race.  For Pittsburgh, they were looking to move atop the AFC North with a victory.

The Steelers, led by the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown, beat the Colts with a convincing 28-7 performance at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Roethlisberger threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns, while Brown caught all three scores from his quarterback, totaling 91 yards on three catches.  Meanwhile, Bell rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 22 yards.

Bell’s five yard touchdown run in the first quarter put the Steelers in the lead at 7-0...

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Steelers Snap Losing Skid With Win Over Browns

Things have not been pretty for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past month, but you only have to look within the divison to see how things could be much worst.  The Cleveland Browns entered today winless on the day and well on their way to the number one pick in the 2017 NFL draft.  Even with Cleveland playing bad this year, Pittsburgh needed to sure some things up in order to avoid becoming a laughing stock of the league.

Early on it was a typical bad weather rivaly game between these two teams.  The Steelers dominated the time of possession in the first quarter, but could only manage a 32yd field goal by Chris Boswell.  The second quarter saw Pittsburgh continue to show that they were the better team, but Boswell would save the offense with a 33yd FG.

The Steelers would drive the ba...

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Cowboys Beat Steelers 35-30

Today’s matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field pitted two of the most successful franchises in NFL history.  For the Cowboys, they entered this afternoon’s action with a 7-1 record and the best record in the NFC.  Meanwhile, the Steelers, with a 4-4 mark, were in need of a victory to keep pace with the AFC North division leading Baltimore Ravens.

In one of the most entertainment games of the season thus far, the Cowboys and Steelers went back and forth through the day, but Dallas delivered the knockout blow in a 35-30 victory on the north shore.

The Steelers got on the board in the first quarter on a two yard touchdown run by Le’Veon Bell.  After failed two point conversion, and a 37 yard field goal by the Cowboys’ Dan Bailey, the Steelers held...

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Steelers Lose Third Straight With 21-14 Loss To Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently in a tailspin that is being fueled by injuries, bad coaching, and poor play in all three phases of the game.  With today’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh has dropped to 1-3 on the road and is looking up at Baltimore in the standings.  The Steelers fell behind early and their comeback was too little too late as time expired.

Most of the talk coming into the week was if Ben Roethlisberger would be healthy enough to start after knee surgery two weeks ago.  Ben took about 50% of the snaps during practice and was named the starter after a successful pregame workout.  Roethlisberger showed signs of rust throughout the day, and was not helped by his receivers dropping passes.

Roethlisberger finished the day 23-45 for 264 yards with one touchdo...

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Banged Up Steelers Fall Short Against Patriots

After a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers entered this afternoon’s game at Heinz Field certainly as the underdog against the New England Patriots.  Not only were they facing off against Tom Brady & Co, who has been unstoppable since his return from suspension so far this year, but they were also doing so without Ben Roethlisberger.

Today, after falling behind early and rallying back to make the game interesting, came up short against the Patriots today, losing by a 27-16 score.

Landry Jones drove the Steelers down the field on their opening drive, but was intercepted in the end zone.  New England moved down the field on a 13 play, 80 yard drive, scoring on a 19 yard pass from Brady to James White.  LaGarrette Blount scored from three yards out...

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Injuries Plague Steelers In Loss To Dolphins

In two losses this season for the Pittsburgh Steelers it has been ugly.  Both defeats showed the weaknesses of the offense and defense, and left fans wondering how things will play out over the course of the regular season.  On paper Pittsburgh should have won easily over the Miami Dolphins today, but the game is not played on paper.  On the field it was a different story, as Miami imposed their will during a 30-15 victory over the Steelers.

Pittsburgh entered the day with injuries to Markus Wheaton, Ryan Shazier, Marcus Gilbert, and Cameron Heyward.  Injuries are a part of football and the next man metality is applied to all 32 NFL teams.  However, there is a reason why a player is a backup and when those injuries pile up, backups tend to be exposed...

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