Steelers Stroll Past Dolphins in AFC Wild Card 30-12
The last time these two teams met in October, on a humid day in south Florida, the Dolphins embarrassed the visiting Steelers in a one-sided affair. Jay Ajayi went off for over 200 yards rushing, as the Steelers had no answers for the Dolphins that day.
Fast forward a few months later where the teams met again, allowing the Steelers to exact a measure of revenge, this time with a lot more at stake.
Granted, the Dolphins were missing their starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, and the Steelers were at home, where Big Ben seems to excel, but nobody was expecting it to be this much of a cakewalk, as the Steelers easily handled the Dolphins 30-12.
As predicted, the Steelers were led by the big three(Brown, Bell and Ben), who all had big days, despite the arctic conditions. Le'Veon Bell had 167 yards on 29 carries, with 2 touchdowns, and Antonio Brown had 124 yards on 5 receptions, also with 2 touchdowns. The Dolphins had no answer for either, as they continued to dominate Miami all afternoon, starting from the opening drive.
It would've been a perfect day for the Steelers, if it hadn't been for the scare they got with four minutes left in the game, after Ben Roethlisberger threw a pick and got injured in the process. After the pick, he was steamrolled by Cameron Wake. He got up and ran off the field, but was later seen with a boot on his right ankle after the game.
Big Ben should be able to go next week, and the Steelers will need him as they travel to Kansas City, where they haven't had much success. The Steelers did beat the Chiefs earlier this season, 43-14 at Heinz field, so they are hoping that the scenario between them and the Dolphins doesn't replicate next week in Kansas City.
The Steelers are looking to reach the AFC title game for the first time in six years. Meanwhile, Miami's playoff victory drought has been extended to 17 years.
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