Steelers Wash Dirty Birds in Georgia Dome
In what was just another “must win” situation, the Pittsburgh Steelers came out on top of the Atlanta Falcons 27-20 earlier this afternoon. A score that was much closer than it should have been, due to a roughing the passer penalty called on linebacker Jason Worilds, turning a would be 4th and long into a “referee aided” 6 points in the 2nd quarter. But no matter.
After a couple Shaun Suisham field goals, making the score 6-0 in the 1st quarter, Steelers cornerback William Gay came up with a 52 yard “pick 6”, giving the Black-and-Gold a 13-7 lead just 2 seconds into the 2nd quarter.
Has it finally clicked for the Steelers? Pittsburgh has puzzled at times this season with flat showings that kept the team from building momentum. On Sunday, they delivered a strong overall performance on both sides of the ball, improving to 9-5 on the year. They’ll win the AFC North if they can protect their home field over the next two weeks. The Falcons, now 5-9, remain in contention in the woeful NFC South.
This was by far not just a needed win, but an “under the radar” win for Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell.
Bell finally looked mortal after three weeks of absurdly productive play. The second-year back found little daylight and was held to just 47 yards on 20 carries. But, he did score both of Pittsburgh’s offensive touchdowns, while adding 72 yards on five receptions. Which proves that the Steelers do not have to rely on one single player to gain a victory.
Production by receivers Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Martavis Bryant, along with tight end Heath Miller aided in quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger’s 27/35, 360 yard outing. Although without any touchdown passes he also threw “zero” interceptions, which is also a plus to win in the National Football League. Ben did just enough at the right time to guide his team to it’s ninth victory of the season. One more than they had all last year.
Still, it’s not over yet. The Steelers have to now head back to Heinz Field and take on the Kansas City Chiefs(8-6), who just embarrassed the Oakland Raiders 31-13. Then finish up at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, who will be looking for payback for the 42-21 alley ass kicking they took in week 13. Will they get that? I highly doubt it.
In short, the Pittsburgh Steelers are showing resiliency, focus and dedication. Three traits that make them a very dangerous playoff contender. So I see them fighting the hard fight, and taking their season deep into the post season and beyond. #PS4L