So let’s dive into what happened.
The Steelers have won six straight heading into next week’s regular-season finale against Cleveland (1-14), a game Roethlisberger would be OK with skipping now that there’s little at stake so that Pittsburgh’s regulars can get healthy. Pittsburgh up 7-3. Ben Roethlisberger calmly took Pittsburgh 75 yards in 10 plays, the final one shifting the balance of power in one of the league’s best rivalries firmly back to Pittsburgh.
He said he also would like to have Brown available after being forced to play on the road at Denver last season without him as a result of the concussion he suffered when Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict struck him in the helmet on the Steelers’ final play from scrimmage. We still don’t know where some of the teams are going to end up, but locally, what we do know is the fact that the Patriots are going to play Sunday at 1 against the Dolphins in South Florida. He averaged 63.3 receiving yards over the Steelers’ previous three games heading into Week 16, a pedestrian total for Brown’s high standards.
The importance of the Steelers garnering the No. 3 seed is that they can not face the Patriots, as long as New England earns the top seed, until the AFC Championship Game. Only left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a surprise who won the starting job last season when Kelvin Beachum was injured and then left in free agency, is a relative newcomer. The Ravens fell short of their goals.
Ultimately, Tomlin said, a 53-man roster with 46 players needing to dress on game day restricts his ability to rest many more players. It is thus no surprise that the Ravens had 17 third downs in the game.
But aren’t the Ravens just a scarier team?
That Brown came through wasn’t surprising to Bell. One of the Ravens’ 11 unrestricted free agents after this year, Juszczyk can hit the open market when free agency begins on March 9.
That’s how against the Ravens he logged his fifth game in 2016 with 120-plus rushing yards (he finished with 122 rushing yards on 20 carries). Ultimately they had just enough, and now the Ravens are out of time in their quest to get to the postseason.
But Big Ben flung the ball to Antonio Brown at the two-yard-line. I flew my mom to the next Steelers Super Bowl in Dallas and she packed two fully coordinated black-and-gold outfits – for every day.
The 31-27 triumph means that Mike Tomlin has cheer-led the Steelers to another division crown. He overcame two bad interceptions thrown earlier in the game.
Tomlin was asked over and over about the play-call that led to Antonio Brown’s game-winning touchdown with nine seconds left on the clock. They made more plays than we did. Almost 24 hours later, it was still though to stomach for Baltimore fans and the head coach.
Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. had a game with seven receptions, on seven targets, for 73 yards and one touchdown.