Week 17: Steelers 20, Browns 7


After both a Ravens and a Dolphins loss today, the waiting game begins…


From Scott Brown, ESPN.com’s NFL Nation blog:

hpAs the Steelers’ players scattered after their most improbable ending to a regular season in recent memory, there was palpable hope that Pittsburgh could overcome its first 0-4 start since 1968 and make the playoffs as an 8-8 team.

Most telling of this season was what happened outside of the Steelers’ locker room not long after they had beaten the Browns in Pittsburgh for a 10th consecutive time. Theodora Polamalu hugged someone in her group after hearing that the Chiefs had gone right down the field on their first possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs are resting a bunch of key starters making them a long shot to beat the Chargers in San Diego. But the way everything has broken the past two weeks, fate appears to be smiling on the Steelers.

“We’re still hanging on,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the Steelers’ 20-7 win at soggy Heinz Field.

One sentiment that prevailed in the home locker room after the game: The Steelers had no business to call out the Chiefs for resting players.

“It sucks you’ve got to depend on other people but we put ourselves in this position,” Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu said. “We made this bed.”

Roethlisberger agreed.

“We got ourselves in a deep hole early,” the 10th-year veteran said. “We knew that and you knew it was going to be tough getting out.”

Whether it was tough or impossible will be known in a couple of hours.


You can read more from Mr. Brown here.

You can see a few game photos here.



Congratulations are in order:

For Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers Digest Player of the Week, and for Le’Veon Bell, who broke Franco Harris’ record for the most yards from scrimmage by a Steelers rookie running back!


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