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Steelers Digest February 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.

United States
Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues


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steelers simply come up short

The Steelers defense couldn’t find a way to make plays at key moments against Blake Bortles and the Jacksonvile offense in the disappointing playoff loss. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)It was the story of this game, and because this game came in the divisional round of the playoffs, it will be the one that defines their season. And so it will be that the 2017 Steelers will be remembered as a team that failed to deliver.They failed to deliver on both their promise and their promises, and because of that it all came to an end Jan. 14 at Heinz Field. The season of DMR and “Shalieve,” the season that was finally supposed to mark the occasion of the slaying of the New England dragon, all of it came to a crashing…

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breaking down the playoff loss against jacksonville and other assorted issues

Running back Le’Veon Bell had 155 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the playoff game against Jacksonville, but it mattered little in the end. (Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)We met as a football team (the day after the playoff game) and basically the outline of that meeting was it was a very disappointing end to an outstanding season. We talked about that some. We talked about the game. We talked about how we move forward individually and collectively. We also talked about the appreciation for the journey that we were able to walk. I probably like to just start with that.I am extremely appreciative of these players and coaches of their efforts. It was a wild, challenging and fun ride as it always is. I am appreciative of the support we get…

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jaguars 45, steelers 42

The Steelers’ difficult start included this fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Telvin Smith that gave Jacksonville a 28-7 lead (Digest Photos/KARL ROSER)WHAT WENT RIGHT• Three minutes and 11 seconds after the Jaguars took a 21-0 lead, the Steelers offense woke up. A six-play, 64-yard drive was capped by a 23- yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, who made a one-handed catch in the back of the end zone even while being blanketed by A.J. Bouye. Eli Rogers caught two passes for 17 yards on the drive, and Le’Veon Bell had a 21-yard run.• To cap off an unbelievable first half — both unbelievable in a bad way for the Steelers and unbelievable in a good way for the Steelers — Ben Roethlisberger completed a 36-yard pass for a…

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inside the game

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)0 Steelers tight ends with 100-yard receiving games in the playoffs before Vance McDonald did it against Jacksonville. The previous high for a Steelers tight end was 85 yards by Heath Miller against the Jaguars in the 2007 season.3 Antonio Brown (132) and Vance McDonald (112) became the third Steelers teammates to both reach 100 receiving yards in a playoff game. They joined Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress (2002 playoffs against Cleveland, and Lynn Swann and John Stallworth (Super Bowl XIII against Dallas).10 Yards gained by the Steelers on seven offensive plays in Jacksonville territory after they had cut their 28-7 deficit to 28-21.45 Jacksonville’s point total tied for highest against the Steelers in a playoff game. The Steelers also gave up 45 in a 45-28 loss against…

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le’veon bell

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)There was a lot of offense produced by the Steelers during their divisional round game vs. the Jaguars at Heinz Field. A lot of yards. A lot of points. But ultimately, not enough of either, which meant there also was a lot of disappointment produced.Le’Veon Bell led the team in rushing with 67 yards on 16 carries (4.2 average) and he scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter after taking a lateral from Ben Roethlisberger. Bell also caught nine passes for another 88 yards, and his receiving touchdown came on a 19-yard one-handed catch that converted a third-and-9 ■…

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ben looking ahead to 2018

(Digest Photo/KARL ROSER)“I definitely have a desire to play football. I love this game. I love these guys.”Joe Haden was a bright light in a dim locker room.After the Steelers were abruptly eliminated by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the cornerback who had languished for seven years with the Cleveland Browns, was thankful, even after a loss, because of the Steelers’ quarterback.“It’s been amazing playing with a dude like that, with a leader, one of the best quarterbacks in the game,” Haden said of Ben Roethlisberger. “When you always know you have to try, no matter what, down 21-0, we never wavered. We never thought we weren’t going to win the game. You see how he did. He got us right back into it, but we weren’t able to pull it out.“Playing…