Review Steelers at Dolphins – AFC Playoffs

In a game that both teams had to win in order nurse any hope of reaching the post season the staked were high. The Steelers (9-7) ultimately pulled out a fourth quarter win but watched their playoff hopes evaporate as the teams with identical 9-7 records but better conference marks snuck in instead.

This AFC matchup proved to be one of the more entertaining games of the week, as the Steelers games have been of late, but only because the team once known for its defense hasn’t been able to keep opponents out of the end zone late in the game. The same was true on Sunday as the Steelers stepped out to a comfortable 27-10 lead late in the third quarter.

But TD strikes in less than three minutes put the Dolphins in striking distance, 24-27 and a Big Ben fumble near the Steelers on ten-yard line looked as if the Dolphins would take the lead for good. But the Steelers roller coaster D came up with a Tyler Thigpen pick in the next play from scrimmage and a few Willie Parker first downs later led to a game clinching field goal.

For Miami the loss was a costly one as not only were its playoff hopes dashed but the team also lost is starting QB Chad Henne but back up Pat White as well. Neither injury seemed severe and third-stringer Thigpen actually proved to be the most successful of the three with two TD drives, but ultimately threw the INT that sealed the game. Both teams will watch the postseason from home.

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