The Steelers defense comes up big yet again to secure victory
So, let me first say this: holding a team scoreless in the first half is not easy to do, but the Steelers ‘D’ accomplished that in the first half against the Seahawks, then proceeded to allow the Seahawks to take the opening drive of the third quarter seventy-five yards for a TD.
The ‘D’ made big plays when big plays needed to be made and thus the game was won and that’s all that matters; however, on the aforementioned opening drive of the third quarter, we simply could not stop the run.
For as good as the Steelers defense played in the last two games, both of which ended in victory, there are glaring holes that need to be addressed if we want to play meaningful football in January. We simply cannot allow a team to march down the field, primarily on the ground, and score a TD. That’s unacceptable.
On a brighter note, we were able to generate five sacks, two of which were offered by our ‘all-world’ OLB, T.J. Watt, whose strip-sack in OT set up the game-winning FG. As thrilling an ending as that was, we should have never gotten to OT.
The domination in the first half should have carried over into the second half and the game should have been relatively uneventful, but a win, nonetheless. Alas, it was not meant to be. Instead, we had to sweat it out, hoping someone would make a big play. I would personally prefer the former over the latter.
Let’s take a look at the last thing we learned.