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Steelers Lose Heartbreaker To Saints 31-28

After dropping three straight games to AFC West opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the nearly impossible task of defeating the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints in back to back weeks.  After defeating the Pats last week at Heinz Field, the Steelers needed another huge win this week in New Orleans to remain atop the AFC North division.

Pittsburgh and New Orleans battled back and forth this afternoon, but the Steelers made the one crucial mistake that ended up costing them the game.  The Saints scored a touchdown with under two minutes remaining, and JuJu Smith-Schuster fumbled when the Steelers were in field goal territory to tie, sealing the deal on a 31-28 loss.

The loss not only boots the Steelers out of the AFC North title, but it actually puts them on the outside...

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Steelers Stay Atop AFC North By Defeating Patriots

Since 2001 the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a ton of difficulty playing against the New England Patriots.  Much of that has come from coaching and player matchups, with a little help from cheating and referees.  When the schedule came out earlier this year, everyone knew this week 15 matchup would play a big role on who gets into the 2018 NFL playoffs.  Pittsburgh was looking to snap a three-game skid, while New England was coming off a crushing defeat by the Miami Dolphins.

Early on this game had the making of a shootout with each team scoring on their opening possession.  The Steelers first touchdown of the day came on a five-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Vance McDonald.  The Patriots would quickly answer when Tom Brady hit Chris Hogan downfield for a sixty-three-ya...

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Raiders Hand Steelers Third Straight Loss

The roller coaster ride of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 regular season continued on Sunday afternoon with a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Pittsburgh started off slow this season, falling to 1-2-1 through the first quarter of the year and looking like a mediocre team at best.  But they caught fire midway through the season, ripping off six straight wins, sitting at 7-2-1 and looking as if they may be able to make a run at a first round bye in the playoffs.

But the past three games, all against opponents from the AFC West, have been heartbreaking losses for the Steelers, who now find themselves just a half game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, with three difficult games remaining on their regular season schedule.

Oakland marched down the field on their first drive of the game, scoring...

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Steelers Exit Playoffs With Loss To Jaguars

If the standard is the standard, then the 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers fell very short of reaching the standard that has been set by six Super Bowl winning teams in franchise history.  In a season that saw them win thirteen games, they would lose three during the regular season that were strange to say the least.  There was the Chicago Bears game, where they were more focused on how to handle the national anthem than play a football game.  The five-interception game to the Jacksonville Jaguars, that had Ben Roethlisberger questioning if he still had “it”.  Then finally it was the “what is and is not a catch in the NFL” loss to the New England Patriots.

Even through all that, they won their division and earned a bye in the AFC playoffs...

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Steelers Finish Regular Season With Victory Over Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the final game of the regular season against the winless Cleveland Browns with a slim chance of obtaining the top seed in the AFC playoffs and homefield advantage.  However, with the New England Patriots heavy favorites to win their game, and in an effort to avoid injury to one of their best players, Mike Tomlin decided to rest his biggest stars, including Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, and Cameron Heyward.

Despite a strong showing by the Browns, the Steelers made enough plays throughout the game to hang on for a 28-24 victory at Heinz Field.  With the win, Pittsburgh completed their season with an impressive 13-3 record, and clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Making his first start of the season, Landry Jones played very w...

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Steelers Roll Past Texans On Christmas

A stress-free football game by the Pittsburgh Steelers was high on the list of things that fans wanted for Christmas and it appeared that Santa delivered.  Pittsburgh got off to a fast start against the Houston Texans and did not let up until the game was over.  Once the final horn sounded, the Steelers would leave town with a 34-6 victory and clinched a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

Chris Boswell would get the scoring started when he kicked a 34-yard field goal with 10:40 left in the first quarter to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead.  Almost four minutes later the Steelers would add to that lead when Ben Roethlisberger would connect with Justin Hunter on a 5-yard touchdown pass that made the game 10-0.

It would be more of the same in the second quarter for Pittsburgh.  Roosevelt Nix ...

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Patriots Beat Steelers Again, Back Atop AFC

The theme of the Pittsburgh Steelers season has been narrow victories against inferior opponents.  Countless times, including the past month and a half, the Steelers have battled their way through mediocre play at times that have resulted in a last second field goal by Chris Boswell to snag a late victory.  That style of play led them to an 11-2 record and the top seed in the AFC as they entered yesterday’s game against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field.

Unfortunately, the Steelers couldn’t’ pull another victory out, as a late drive came up short, and the Patriots held on for a 27-24 win.

Antonio Brown left the game in the second quarter and did not return.  But despite losing his biggest weapon, Ben Roethlisberger was still effective against the New England defense, tossing...

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Steelers Clinch Division With Nail Biting Win

There is no explanation for how the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to rack up an eight-game winning streak this year.  Each week they seem to be on the verge of defeat, only to grab on to victory in the final seconds.  Tonight’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was no different.  Games with these two teams are tense enough, but tonight is near the top of the list.

Pittsburgh was able to jump out to a 14-point lead and looked to be in control of the game.  Ben Roethlisberger, who would throw for 506 yards tonight, threw a 20yd touchdown pass to Le’Veon Bell for the first score.  Bell would then run for a 1yd touchdown for the second.  Baltimore would cut that lead in half on a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Chris Moore.

The man who should be team MVP this year, Chris Boswell

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Last Second Field Goal Lifts Steelers Over Packers

The fact that the Green Bay Packers are currently without Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, along with owning a 5-5 record coming into Sunday night, may have given the Pittsburgh Steelers a false sense of relief.  Green Bay put up a fight all night long and it would take a last second field goal from Chris Boswell to secure a 31-28 Pittsburgh victory.

The Steelers drove the opening drive right down the field and capped it with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Xavier Grimble.  A missed extra point would mean only a six-point lead for the black and gold.  The Packers would own the rest of the quarter with two touchdown drives.  The first came on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley to Randall Cobb.  Hundley would then connect with Jamaal Williams for a 54-yard to...

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Brady, Patriots End Steelers Season

Today’s AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts featured the two best teams in the conference after a long season of football.  The New England Patriots have been the consistent, dominant team in the league from the first week of the season.  The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, had a roller coaster ride of a season in the first half of 2016, but came into today’s game on a roll, nine straight games.

Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Tom Brady dominance continued, as the Patriots won this game easily, 36-17, to advance to the Super Bowl.

Brady was magnificent today, picking the Steelers defense apart from the very first drive, racking up 384 yards and three touchdowns.  Chris Hogan led the receiving core with 9 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while Ju...

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