The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a win Sunday and a little help from the Buffalo Bills to clinch a playoff spot .The Steelers beat the Browns 28-12 and the Bills came through with the win! Playoffs here we come!
Let’s now take a look at the Good , the Bad and the Ugly of the Steelers 28-12 victory over the Browns…
The Steelers may not of made it look easy but hey at least they made it . At times Sunday the Steelers looked like they just couldn’t get on track. However, they did end up with a 16 point win and never allowed a touchdown by the Browns.
QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of 36 for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did throw a couple of interceptions but luckily the Browns never really cashed in on those mistakes.
Roethlisberger’s favorite target was once again WR Ben Roethlisberger. Brown capped off an outstanding regular season with 13 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. TE Heath Miller and WR Markus Wheaton each had key catches for touchdowns.
The Steelers defense was in its typical bend but don’t break mode allowing 4 field goals but no touchdowns .
They also were able to pressure the quarterback collecting 7 sacks . DE Stephon Tuitt had 2 sacks . Lawrence Timmons had 1.5 sacks . Will Allen , Antwon Blake and Arthur Moats each had 1 and Ryan Shazier was credited with a half a sack.
The Steelers defense forced 4 turnovers. CB Will Gay and LB James Harrison each had an interception, while CB Brandon Boykin and LB Anthony Chickillo each forced a fumble .
The Bottom line here is although the offense played good at times , it was the Steelers defense’s ability to consistently hold the Browns to field goals and come up with big plays at crucial times that won this game.
The Steelers offense played well enough to win, however this was far from their best performance .The offense turned the ball over three times, 2 interception and a fumble and could not consistently run the ball well . The Steelers ran the ball 19 times for just 30 yards against a bad Browns defense. That’s only 1.5 yards a carry.
The bottom line here is the Steelers will have to do better in both of these areas during the playoffs. Turnovers will spell your demise in the playoffs and you must be able to run the football successfully during January football.
Once again the Steelers may have lost a key part of their running game just before the playoffs. Running back DeAngelo Williams went down with a foot injury early in the Browns game and could not return . His status for the Steelers upcoming playoff game against the Bengals is uncertain. The Steelers must be able to run the ball against the Bengals or their offense suddenly becomes one dimensional and that could turn ugly real fast in the playoffs on the road.