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Steelers Digest December 30, 2017

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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classic was all about three passes

Tight end Jesse James prepares to try to reach for the end zone at the end of a play that will be talked about for a long time. (AP Photo/DON WRIGHT)It was billed as the regular season game of the year, and in terms of back-and-forth sustained action, it lived up to that billing. There were 119 snaps of the ball during almost three full hours of suspense, and there was plenty riding on the outcome, maybe most importantly the site of a rematch in the postseason that today seems inevitable.Months of work went into getting to the point where this game would mean what it did, and then once it began there was a lot of blood and sweat invested in achieving the desired outcome. There can be many…

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inside

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP FEELING: The Steelers celebrated their second consecutive AFC North title after their 39-38 victory against Baltimore in a Sunday night thriller at Heinz Field. (Digest Photos/RYAN MEYER) ■…

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breaking down the new england game and always playing with an aggressive mind-set

Wide receiver Eli Rogers could only watch as New England safety Duron Harmon made his game-clinching interception in the end zone. (AP Photo/DON WRIGHT)It was a tough, hard-fought game. We came up short. I appreciate the efforts of the guys. Obviously, New England is a good group. You know, we’ve got to be better in an effort to finish it. But a lot of good effort (and) things there.On the injury front, Antonio Brown is getting his lower leg injury evaluated. I don’t have a lot of information there. James Conner has an MCL injury on his left knee. Other than that, bumps and bruises associated with playing. But I thought the guys played hard. I thought they made plays, obviously, in all three phases, just not quite enough to…

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patriots 27, steelers 24

Linebacker Vince Williams set up the touchdown that gave the Steelers a 24-16 lead when he picked off a Tom Brady pass in New England territory. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)WHAT WENT RIGHT• It took the Steelers just 3:28 of clock time to tie the game after New England scored on its opening possession. Ben Roethlisberger completed 5 of 7 for 68 yards on the drive, including the touchdown that came on an 18-yard pass to Eli Rogers. Roethlisberger converted a third-and-4 with a 19-yard pass to Antonio Brown, and a thirdand- 10 with a 13-yard touch pass to JuJu Smith- Schuster.• A sack by Cam Heyward for a loss of 8 yards ruined New England’s second possession, and New England was forced to punt on a fourth-and-9 from their own 36-yard…

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le’veon bell

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)In the absence of wide receiver Antonio Brown, there were a few guys who stepped up, but maybe none more than Le’Veon Bell, who ended up as the game’s leading rusher with 117 yards on 24 carries (4.9 average) and a 3-yard touchdown run, and he also was the No. 2 receiver with five catches for another 48 yards.Bell ended up with 29 touches for 165 yards from scrimmage and one of the Steelers’ three touchdowns. Bell is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week. ■…

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by the numbers - vs. new england

10Sacks on the season for Cameron Heyward, who became the first Steelers player since 2010 to reach double digits.9Consecutive home victories in December for the Steelers before the loss against New England.80Career games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better for Ben Roethlisberger, who is 71-9 in those games after the loss against New England.33Field goals on the season for Chris Boswell, who moved within one of the franchise record set by Norm Johnson in 1995.3Steelers players with 1,200 rushing yards in consecutive seasons after Le’Veon Bell joined Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis.168Receiving yards for Rob Gronkowski, the most allowed to a tight end by the Steelers since 2002 when Baltimore’s Todd Heap had 197.69Yards gained by JuJu Smith-Schuster on his late reception; it was the longest non-touchdown reception…

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