Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Season Recap

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ collective ship had been taking water on for weeks. On Sunday night, the weight of all the extra intake ultimately overtook the structure and sunk the 2020 season down to the depths of the Alleghany River. A team that once stood 11-0 with odds of logging an undefeated season posted at online sportsbooks now finds itself home for the remainder of the NFL Playoffs after suffering an embarrassing 48-37 loss to a Cleveland Browns team making its first postseason appearance since 2002. The game was pretty much over before it began. The Steelers would commit the first of what would turn out to be a stunning five turnovers on the game’s very first play from scrimmage paving the way for the Browns to get out to a commanding 28-0 lead before Pittsburgh accrued its first points at the tail end of the second quarter. After missing out on the postseason each of the prior two seasons, a quick exit isn’t what upper management envisioned entering a tilt that saw them go off the board as 5-point favorites; especially after trouncing the Browns 38-7 when they invaded Heinz Field back in Week 6 to move to 17-0 the last 17 times they hosted their division rivals. Mike Tomlin has now overlooked the Steel City’s NFL team for 14 seasons. During that time, the franchise has only amassed one Super Bowl title and eight playoff appearances. With all the talent stockpiled on the roster during that time, shouldn’t there be more hardware in the Steelers’ trophy case?

Pittsburgh Steelers Season Recap

While Pittsburgh went on to win the first 11 games of its 2020 regular season campaign, it dodged a number of bullets to get to that point. Who will ever forget the team fighting tooth and nail just to win against a Dallas Cowboys outfit it was favored to beat by two touchdowns?! What ensued because of it was a historic meltdown when it mattered most. From weeks 13-17, the Steelers would log 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS marks with the lone triumph coming in the form of a miraculous comeback win over Indianapolis that saw it outscore the Colts 21-3 in the second half to score the 28-24 win and cover as short 1-point home dogs. Though it fought back to cover against Cleveland the following week, things still didn’t look right. That was clearly apparent this past Sunday night when the team shockingly fell into a 28-0 first quarter hole with the fumble pounced on for a touchdown putting them behind the proverbial 8-ball right from the outset.

Though Pittsburgh would make a run at making things interesting pulling to within 35-23 at the tail end of the third quarter and the defense coming up with a stop on the Browns very next possession, Tomlin elected to punt the ball away at midfield early in the fourth quarter after the offense failed to move the chains. On 4th and 1, Tomlin called some gimmicky play with his special teams in an attempt to get Cleveland to jump offside. It didn’t work. If taking that approach, why not try to get them to jump with your offense instead? He then punted the ball away. A handful of plays later, Pittsburgh would give up a 40-yard dump-off pass touchdown to Nick Chubb to allow for the Browns to reclaim a commanding 42-23 lead. Those that teased the Steelers just to win the game saw their hopes and dreams of the impossible occurring come crashing down.

Mike Tomlin on punting on 4th-and-1: "We had some stops. Want to pin them down, provide short field for offense ... I just wanted to keep momentum going in terms of field positioning."

Along with many decisions to be made about player personnel for the 2021 season, upper management must have a sit down with Tomlin and the coaching staff to see where their collective heads are at. Remember, this is the second time in as many tries that the Steelers allowed a heavily dogged opponent go into their house in the playoffs and hang a crooked number. The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled the feat the prior time in the Division Round back in 2017 when they put 45 on the board to defeat the Steelers by a field goal as touchdown underdogs. The 48 points Cleveland scored on Sunday night goes down in history as the most points allowed by the Steelers in the postseason. As great Tomlin has been throughout his stay in Pittsburgh from a W/L perspective, a trend has developed and it won’t sit kindly with the Yinzers who pride themselves on the team playing hardnosed defense regardless of how many tallies the team has in the win column.

Is it the end of an era? Only time will tell, but it would be a shame if Ben Roethlisberger’s last game saw him hang up the cleats after being held accountable for all five of the Steelers turnovers. “Obviously you can’t turn the ball over and it kills your team, kills your chances,” Roethlisberger said. Still, the future Hall of Famer went on to throw for 501 yards and 4 TD by completing 47 of 68 pass attempts with the latter output now a playoff record. There’s still plenty of tread on the tires so hopefully he’s back to give it another go in his age 39 season. “A lot of praying, a lot of talking,” Roethlisberger said. “I still have a year left on my contract. I hope the Steelers want me back if that’s the way we go.”

With the 24th pick in the upcoming draft, Pittsburgh should look to find a difference maker in the backfield. Unfortunately, James Conner isn’t the same player he once was and the Steelers running game grossly underperformed because of it this season. Without a ground game to rely upon, Pittsburgh is beatable on both sides of the ball as evidenced by the shellacking the team just absorbed from the Browns. While it might take some tinkering with Ben’s contract to improve the roster, it must be done. Mason Rudolph isn’t the future of this franchise!

Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule & Results

WEEK MATCHUP RESULT RECORD
Week 1 at New York Giants W 26-16 1-0
Week 2 vs Denver Broncos W 26-21 2-0
Week 3 vs Houston Texans W 28-21 3-0
Week 4 BYE WEEK
Week 5 vs Philadelphia Eagles W 38-29 4-0
Week 6 vs Cleveland Browns W 38-7 5-0
Week 7 at Tennessee Titans W 27-24 6-0
Week 8 at Baltimore Ravens W 28-24 7-0
Week 9 at Dallas Cowboys W 24-19 8-0
Week 10 vs Cincinnati Bengals W 36-10 9-0
Week 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27-3 10-0
Week 12 vs Baltimore Ravens W 19-14 11-0
Week 13 vs Washington L 17-23 11-1
Week 14 at Buffalo Bills L 15-26 11-2
Week 15 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17-27 11-3
Week 16 vs Indianapolis Colts W 28-24 12-3
Week 17 at Cleveland Browns L 22-24 12-4
Wild Card Round vs Cleveland Browns L 37-48 12-4
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Steelers Past Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2020 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2019 8-8 None
2018 9-6-1 None
2017 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2016 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2015 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2014 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2013 8-8 None
2012 8-8 None
2011 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 12-4 Lost Super Bowl
2009 9-7 None
2008 12-4 Won Super Bowl
2007 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2006 8-8 None
2005 11-5 Won Super Bowl
2004 15-1 Lost Conference Championship
2003 6-10 None
2002 10-5-1 Lost Divisional Round
2001 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2000 9-7 None

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