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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest December 31, 2018

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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Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues


5 min.
tomlin pushes right buttons

Let’s begin by getting some of the applicable numbers out of the way, and keep in mind that all of these are verifiable, for those who find they defy belief. Rob Gronkowski caught two passes for 21 yards. Two of Tom Brady’s completions covered 97 yards, and the other 23 covered 182, which works out to an average of 7.9 yards. The Patriots were 0-for-3 in the red zone, 0-for-1 in goal-to-go situations, and 3-for-11 on possession downs (27.3 percent). The next item of business is an explanation of the scenario that Coach Mike Tomlin chose for his team in the final two-plus minutes of a game the Steelers were leading at the time by a precarious 14-10. With 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter the Steelers faced a third-and-6 from the…

5 min.
breaking down the big victory against new england; thoughts on haden and boswell

Awesome day. I’ll start by wishing my oldest child a happy birthday. My oldest son is 18 today. Just as a parent that’s a wild thing, but on to business: Good team effort. It was going to be required, I liked the no-blink and supportive approach of the team in all three phases. We all had our moments where we didn’t get it done but we all had moments where we uplifted the other phases and that is what team is. We did what we had to do tonight to get it done, guys made plays. I think about the young guys that had positive contributions like Jaylen (Samuels), guys like James Washington, can’t say enough about their contributions. Bumps and bruises associated with play; we had a number of…

5 min.
steelers 17 | patriots 10

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 4:35 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers won the toss and elected to receive, and the change in strategy paid off. An 11-play, 75-yard drive ended with a 5-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Vance McDonald, and the Steelers took a 7-0 lead with 8:40 left in the first period. Roethlisberger completed 6 of 7 for 31 yards and the score, while Jaylen Samuels had four carries for 39 yards. 4:46 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It took the Patriots just three plays, plus a 5-yard defensive penalty, to answer the Steelers’ touchdown and tie the game, 7-7, with 6:48 remaining in the first quarter. The big play was a 63-yard pass from Tom Brady to a wide open Chris Hogan, who was left all…

4 min.
defense delivers at crunch time

Associate Editor You’re the Pittsburgh Steelers and you’re looking across the line at Tom Brady. He has the ball at his own 40 with two minutes left. You’re up seven, but you’ve seen this movie before, and no one else on your defense has been successful in stopping it. How are you feeling? “We said to ourselves, ‘Let’s eat, man,” said Cam Heyward. And eat they did. For the first time since 2011, the Steelers beat the Patriots, and they did it on the strength of their defense, 17-10. The Steelers not only proved they could win with defense, they proved they could win with defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots. But it proved more than that. The leader of the team, Ben Roethlisberger, explained. “I wouldn’t say we were at a crossroads,” Roethlisberger said, “but there…

1 min.
by the numbers - vs. new england

4 Runs of 15 yards or longer for Jaylen Samuels. New England’s longest run was 13 yards. 142 Rushing yards for Jaylen Samuels, the sixth-highest total ever for a Steelers running back with fewer than 20 carries. 13 Touchdown catches on the season for Antonio Brown after his score in the second quarter. That tied his own franchise record, first set in 2014. 13 Touchdowns on the season for Brown and running back James Conner, the first time in Steelers history they had two players reach that total in the same season. 15 Consecutive non-losing seasons for the Steelers after they improved to 8-5-1. It’s the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind New England’s 18 years. 17 Steelers point total, their lowest in a victory since Sept. 27, 2015 when they defeated the St.…

5 min.
raiders 24 | steelers 21

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 4:32 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It took the Raiders eight plays to march 74 yards through the Steelers defense to take a 7-0 lead on Doug Martin’s 1-yard vault over the pile with 10:44 remaining in the first period. Derek Carr completed consecutive passes to tight end Jared Cook for 30 and 19 yards to provide the chunk plays on the drive. 4:47 p.m. – What Went Right: Oakland’s second possession was foiled first by an illegal formation penalty and then a 10-yard sack by Stephon Tuitt. After a 57-yard punt by Johnny Townsend and a 9-yard return by Ryan Switzer, the Steelers began their second possession at their own 33-yard line. 5:03 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers tied the game with an 11-play,…