The Pittsburgh Steelers came up with a 30-12 victory on Sunday but lost starting quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger to an ankle injury in the AFC Wild Card Playoff. The Steelers advanced to the next round to face the Kansas City Chiefs and Roethlisberger vowed to play next week despite the injury.
Roethlisberger, who was in a walking boot after the game, had 197 passing yards on 13-of-18 completions for the Steelers, which lost their regular season matchup against the Dolphins earlier. The Dolphins were playing without the injured Ryan Tannehill. Miami’s offense sputtered as backup quarterback Matt Moore struggled. The veteran QB had 289 passing yards on 29-of-36 passes with one touchdown, but had an interception and was sacked five times.
Steelers avenged regular season loss vs. Dolphins
The Dolphins beat the Steelers, 30-15 back in October but that happened with Tannehill under center. Pittsburgh took advantage on the short-handed Dolphins Sunday and never gave them a chance.
Roethlisberger did not need big numbers with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are playing well versus the Dolphins. Bell had 167 rushing yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns while Brown had 124 receiving yards on 5 catches with two TDs as well.
Bell is making up for lost time for the Steelers after missing the last two Pittsburgh’s postseason runs with his injury. This was Bell’s first playoff game in his NFL career. Pittsburgh is now hoping their “Big 3” will be complete next week against the Chiefs and that Roethlisberger is 100% healthy to play that one.
The Steelers dominated Moore and the Dolphins early. Pittsburgh had the 14-3 lead after the first quarter and a 20-6 lead at halftime. A fumble and an interception to start the third quarter from Miami gifted the Steelers the comfortable margin and win.
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