The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their push toward a postseason berth with a 23-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. With the victory, the Steelers are now 8-5 on the season, and are hanging on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.
Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray had a few nice moments for Arizona, but he struggled this afternoon against the Steelers’ defense. Devlin Hodges, meanwhile, managed the game well, made a few clutch plays, and most importantly, did not make a big mistake.
A field goal by Chris Boswell from 30 yards gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead, and an 85 yard punt return by Diontae Johnson made it 10-0 after the first quarter.
The Cardinals tied the game in the second quarter with a field goal and touchdown of their own, but the Steelers built a drive just before the end of the half, capped by a Boswell 37 yard field goal to make it 13-10 at the half.
A touchdown pass from Hodges to Johnson made it 20-10, and despite a score by the Cardinals midway through the fourth, the Steelers added a field goal and stuffed an attempted last minute drive by Murray & Co. to secure the victory.
The Steelers continue to win games via their defense and opportunistic offense. This team has been counted out all season, and they are now 8-5 on the season and are making a strong push towards the playoffs. They have another huge game next week in primetime against the Buffalo Bills.