The Pittsburgh Steelers looked good both on offense and defense in Sunday’s wild card win over the Miami Dolphins, 30-12. Ben Roethlisberger and the offense got off to a hot start, and never looked back. With Antonio Brown having a huge first quarter, including over 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Le’Veon Bell was there later in the game to close out the win. The Steelers could do just about anything they wanted on offense, whether it was quick screen passes, throwing it deep, or running the ball, the Dolphins had no answer. On defense, Pittsburgh had three turnovers and five sacks, and harassed Matt Moore all game long.
Poor Matt Moore
Matt Moore was beat up the entire game, but I think most people are surprised he was even able to finish. Bud Dupree almost took off his head with a huge hit in the first half, but he quickly returned to battle with his team. He also had a problem hanging on to the ball. With two costly fumbles, the offensive line struggled to pick up the blitz, and Moore struggled to get ride of the ball. The Dolphins had a great opportunity to get the game back within one possession going into halftime when Moore lost his first fumble. A touchdown there and the Dolphins would have gone into halftime with a lot of momentum, and that could have changed the game.
We all want to be the coach
With Pittsburgh basically having the game won when the fourth quarter started, Twitter began to blow up with tweets saying Mike Tomlin should sit down Ben, Brown, and Bell. While I didn’t join in, I wondered when we would see them be done for the game. Tomlin ended up leaving them in for almost the entire game, and with about four minutes left we finally saw DeAngelo Williams come in for Bell, but Ben was still out there. Not only did Pittsburgh call a pass play, but Ben scrambled around, took a big hit, and threw a pick. While the interception wasn’t a huge deal, the hit Ben took was.
I understand letting Ben finish out the game, and really don’t have a big problem with it. Would I have liked to see Landry Jones come in? Yes, but Ben deserves to finish out the game if he wants. However, I have a huge problem with the Steelers deciding to call a pass play and let Ben take a hit when the game is clearly over. The Steelers finally have the their stars healthy and get through their first playoff game without injury, so why let Ben stand back there and throw when the game is over? For those who haven’t heard, Ben left the locker room after the game with a walking boot on his right foot. We are still unsure how serious it is, but this could mean trouble for the offense. There’s no doubt that this weeks hot topic will be whether or not Tomlin should have taken Ben out or not. Hopefully, it is nothing serious.
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