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Steelers Beat Seahawks, Remain Alive In AFC Playoff Picture

The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed alive in the AFC playoff picture with a 30-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.  With the win, Pittsburgh improved to 9-7 on the season, keeping them very much in the thick of the fight for the conference’s final playoff spot.

Mason Rudolph started his second straight game for Pittsburgh, throwing for 274 yards on 18-24 passing.  Najee Harris had 122 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, while George Pickens hauled in 7 receptions for 131 yards. 

The Steelers scored the game’s lone touchdown in the first quarter on an 18-yard run by Jaylen Warren.  Seattle tied the game in the second quarter when Kenneth Walker III ran the ball in from 13 yards out, making it 7-7.

A 39-yard field goal by Chris Boswell gave Pittsburgh a 10-7 lead, but Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to make it 14-10 Seahawks.  But just before the half, the Steelers marched down the field for a crucial scoring drive, capped off by a 9-yard touchdown run by Harris.  Pittsburgh led 17-14 at halftime.

Jason Meyers’ 43-yard field goal in the third quarter tied the game, but Harris scored his second touchdown of the game later in the quarter from 4 yards out, making it 24-17.

The fourth quarter featured all field goals, two from each team.  Myers’ 42 yarder was countered by Boswell’s 26 yarder, once again making it a one-touchdown game.  Boswell’s 21-yard field goal made it a 30-20 score, and after the Seahawks marched down the field, they couldn’t convert it into a touchdown and had to settle for another Myers field goal, this time from 24 yards out.  The Steelers recovered the onsides kick, and were able to run out the rest of the game.

This was the most impressive performance by the Steelers this season.  Considering where they were playing this game and what was on the line, this team showed up and out-played their opponent which had just as much on the line.  Pittsburgh rushed for 202 yards, with Warren and Harris combining for a dangerous 1-2 punch in the backfield.  Rudolph had another solid game at quarterback.  He made no mistakes, made crucial throws when he needed to, and once again, he seemed to ignite a spark in this team.

With the victory, the Steelers will now face another must-win situation next weekend.  They will face off against their division rival Baltimore Ravens, who clinched the number one overall seed in the AFC Playoffs with their blowout victory over the Miami Dolphins

Overall Record: 9-7

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor