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Steelers use defense to clinch postseason bye

26 December, 2017, 06:05 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Dec 10 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrates a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Heinicke of the Houston Texans.

The Steelers will have an extra week to get Antonio Brown healthy for the playoffs. In the first of the two, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to build off clinching the AFC North and move towards locking down a first-round bye in the playoffs. This game is going to be bell to bell in the Steelers pocket.

While the game played out in the same disastrous fashion as their season, there were two things for the Texans to savor from Sunday's game.

The Steelers (11-3) will visit the Texans (4-10) at 4:30 p.m. ET Christmas Day before closing the regular season at Heinz Field against the winless Browns (0-14).




They held a comfortable 34-6 lead late against the Texans, and chose to take out several of their key players.

T.J. Yates completed 7-of-16 passes for 83 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Monday's Week 16 loss to the Steelers.

DeAndre Hopkins made arguably the catch of the year Monday.

Houston squandered back-to-back plays from inside the Steelers 1-yard line, forcing the ball into Yates' hands instead of a more conservative handoff call. Instead of taking the safe route - in several regards - head coach Bill O'Brien put his hopes on a quarterback who was unsigned just weeks earlier.

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