Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers run over Miami Dolphins 30-12
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jan 09, 2017,
Jan 09, 2017, 0:10
The Steelers don't exactly have a group of cornerbacks that strike fear into the opposing offense, and the Dolphins don't have a group of wideouts that scare easily anyhow.
After Brown controlled the first quarter, Bell dominated the second.
Yet as Ryan Shazier dropped back into coverage with 6:32 left in the third quarter, Miami remained in a game it never looked ready for. Bell, meanwhile, racked up a massive 167 yards off his 29 carries.
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The touchdown gave the Steelers a quick 14-0 advantage with 7:14 left in the first quarter, and the route was on from there. Brown beat man-to-man coverage.
It took Roethlisberger just five plays to link up with Brown for the Steelers' opening touchdown. They played as if trying to make up for lost time.
Roethlisberger and Brown didn't do much in the second half.
At halftime, when the Steelers led, 20-6, Roethlisberger was 11 of 12 passing for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Pittsburgh did not let the young running back fun free today.
The Miami offense could not keep up. The Dolphins have sunk a lot of money into their defensive front seven, including more than $100 million on Suh, but it hasn't produced results. According to Team Rankings, Pittsburgh's defense was one of the most stingy in the red zone, allowing 45.6 percent of touchdowns to opponents when they reach the 20. His toughness was also on full display during this game. With high winds gusting in from the Allegheny River, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell missed the extra point. The veteran signal caller scrambled out of the pocket to extend a play and took the hit after he released the ball. Moore stayed on the ground feeling his back, but ultimately was able to rise to his feet without any assistance. And Ajayi was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after he pushed Dupree. He went through the NFL's "concussion protocol" and was deemed OK to return to action.
T.J. Yates is the Dolphins third-string QB. But Steelers linebacker James Harrison chased down Moore and knocked the ball from the quarterback's hand.
In the second half, Moore led Miami down the field on its first possession.
Moore threw for 289 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception. There have been a ton of changes since these two teams squared off in Week 6, so don't be surprised if things go very differently this time around.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin cheers on his team's impressive playoff victory.
The Kansas City Chiefs now know who they'll play in next week's divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The loss of Maxwell will hurt as the Steelers are loaded at wide-receiver. The Dolphins had relied on Ajayi for most of their 9-1 stretch in the season, but he was not able to get anything going in this one.