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NFL Playoffs 2017, Dolphins vs. Steelers: Preview and Prediction

NFL Playoffs 2017, Dolphins vs. Steelers: Preview and Prediction”

Oh, and he broke the Steelers' record for rushing yards in a playoff game in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

He ran with patience and toughness, so Roethlisberger kept handing the ball off to him. The former Oregon State star has played very well, throwing eight touchdown passes and three interceptions in the three games he has started.

After rushing for over 200 yards in a win over Pittsburgh during the season, Jay Ajayi was held to only 33 yards in this one. On the second touchdown Brown caught a short pass in front of cornerback Tony Lippett on the sideline in front of the Steelers bench, cut to the middle past safety Bacarri Rambo, who missed the tackle, and took it to the house. Nearly a year ago to the day, the Steelers limped into Paul Brown Stadium and gutted out a playoff victory that was as much handed to them by the Cincinnati Bengals' own ineptitude as it was earned by the Steelers' toughness. The 8-yard touchdown run pushed the Steelers' lead to 30-6 with 2:05 left in the third. After the Steelers' first two drives, Brown had three catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh looked dominant in the early going, and while things got bogged down for them at the end of the first and start of the second half, the Steelers were able to regroup. Brown ranked only 19th in the league in Reception NEP per target (0.71) among 41 receivers with at least 100 targets, but certainly his high volume played a role in the decreased efficiency. Left to watch his backups take his place previous year after a season-ending ACL injury, Bell chewed up the Dolphins for 167 rush yards - the most in franchise playoff history - and two TDs. They'll have Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Big Ben healthy and rested, coming off of a seven-game winning streak.

Kansas City will have to find more answers for slowing down the Steelers' high-powered offense than the Dolphins did. Their defense never let the Miami Dolphins and fill-in quarterback Matt Moore do much of anything while it still mattered, and the Steelers coasted to a stress-free 30-12 victory in an opening-round postseason game. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree's hit on Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore was uncalled for.

On Sunday, the Steelers' risky trio, starting together for the first time in the playoffs, wore out the Dolphins.

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A game in the cold elements at a place like Lambeau necessitates examining the quarterback matchup. Throw in a Miami team which has played well, but not spectacularly in the home stretch and you can see why Big Ben's crew is a prohibitive favorite.

The Steelers' Stephon Tuitt celebrates a sack during the third quarter.

Miami ate into that a little bit with their only touchdown of the day, Moore picking out Damien Williams from four yards out in the fourth quarter.

This week's double-digit point spread left the Steelers fending off questions about overconfidence, an odd situation given they're playing a team that defeated them by two touchdowns in October.



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