Steelers make it to playoffs with win and help
By Kim Myers
The Steelers extended their season by at least one game on Sunday with a 28-12 win over the Cleveland Browns.
They got the help they needed when the Buffalo Bills upset the New York Jets 22-17 to knock the Jets out of the playoffs and pave the way for the Steelers to clinch a spot.
The game certainly didn’t go exactly as planned as the Steelers receiver Antonio Brown fumbled in the first drive. The Browns weren’t able to capitalize on the score and luckily for the Steelers, who turned the ball over a total of three times, it only amounted to three points for the Browns.
The Steelers defense stood strong and kept the Browns out of the end zone all day long, having to settle for four field goals. The Browns offense would try and try but were almost allergic to getting into the end zone all day long.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had a monster game with 13 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown. He became the first player in NFL history to record at least 125 receptions in consecutive seasons.
Steeler Nation had flashbacks of last year’s week 17 when DeAngelo Williams left during the second quarter with an ankle injury. He would return to the sidelines later in the game but would remain there. He was replaced by Fitzgerald Toussaint who had 24 yards on 12 carries but did get some action with a reception on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Hopefully Williams’ injury isn’t severe enough to keep him out of next week’s playoff game.
Ben Roethlisberger had one of those games that make it hard to sit down for all four quarters with two interceptions but he wasn’t sacked and went 24 of 36 for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns.
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Everything fell the Steelers way with the Bills taking care of the Jets and the Steelers taking care of the Browns. The Steelers finish the regular season at 10-6 and will await the outcome of the afternoon games to see how the Wild Card games will line up for next week.
What a game and what a season! Here we go Steelers! Here we go!