After completing the regular season on a seven game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Steelers entered this afternoon’s Wild Card Round game against the Miami Dolphins looking to continue their run into the playoffs. Today, the Steelers looked dominant from the opening kickoff on both sides of the ball, as they handled the Dolphins a 30-12 defeat at Heinz Field.
In a 30-15 loss in Week 6 in Miami, the Steelers struggled to continue running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for over 200 yards. He was completely ineffective this afternoon, though, tallying just 33 yards on 16 carries.
Ben Roethlisberger, who was injured in the Miami game in October, completed 13 of 18 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell rushed 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while Antonio Brown had 124 yards on five receptions and a pair of scores of his own.
The Steelers took control early in the first quarter on a 50 yard touchdown connection from Roethlisberger to Brown to jump in front 7-0. A second score from Ben to Antonio, this time from 62 yards out, increased the lead to 14-0. The Dolphins added a field goal, and the Steelers led 14-3 after the first quarter.
Bell scored from a yard out in the second quarter, and a second field goal from the Dolphins made it a 20-6 Pittsburgh lead at halftime.
The Steelers didn’t let up in the second half, adding a field goal from Chris Boswell and another touchdown run from Bell. Miami did add a late touchdown, but it was far too little, far too late. Pittsburgh went on to win 30-12.
This was a lopsided game from the very beginning. The Steelers were the heavy favorites all week, and they played as though they were the much better team this afternoon. The defense was very aggressive throughout, and they came up with key sacks and forced turnovers at pivotal moments to keep the Dolphins from getting back into the game.
With the victory, the Steelers earn the right to move on to the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs, where they will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. The game is scheduled for 1:05pm on NBC.
Next Game: Sunday January 15 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:05pm on NBC