With the Indianapolis Colts‘ stunning loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Steelers' win keeps them alive pending the result of Sunday Night Football. The Steelers will make the playoffs if the Raiders–Chargers game does not end in a tie.
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Ben Roethlisberger didn't change much about his game in Week 18, as he continued to get the ball out quickly and target the short areas of the field.
However, he did lead the team on two late-game drives — one late fourth-quarter touchdown drive and the game-winning field-goal drive in overtime — to virtually secure the playoff berth.
Ben Roethlisberger by Target Depth
Benny Snell Jr. was given one more carry than Najee Harris, but neither back found much success. Snell went for 22 yards on 12 carries, with 17 yards after contact and two forced missed tackles. Harris carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards, with 31 yards coming after contact.
Diontae Johnson saw 10 targets and came down with seven catches for 51 yards. Tight end Pat Freiermuth and wideout Ray-Ray McCloud III each saw nine targets, with Freiermuth catching six balls for 53 yards and McCloud hauling in four for 37 yards.
The Steelers' offensive line gave up five total pressures and no sacks on first review. Trai Turner was the only player to give up multiple pressures, with two.
T.J. Watt tied Michael Strahan’s NFL single-season sack record with his lone sack of the game, but he also generated nine total pressures to lead the team.
No linebacker gave up more than one catch. Devin Bush allowed an 11-yard catch for a touchdown but denied the other two targets sent his way.
Terrell Edmunds claimed the other Huntley interception and gave up three catches on five targets for 31 yards, one of which went for a touchdown.
Huntley threw for 146 yards and added 65 on the ground. In total, 27 of his 65 rushing yards came after contact, and six runs gained first-down yardage, but he did fumble once.
Latavius Murray broke off a huge touchdown run and finished with 150 yards on just 16 carries. He forced seven missed tackles and gained 125 yards after contact.
Tight end Mark Andrews led the team in targets with 15, and he recorded eight catches for 85 yards.
No wide receiver surpassed the 1.00 yards per route run mark, with Marquise Brown’s 0.69 standing as the high watermark.
The line barely troubled Ben Roethlisberger, as only three players managed a single QB pressure.
Chris Board pressured the quarterback three times and allowed just one first down in pass coverage. Patrick Queen was the most targeted linebacker, as he saw three targets in his coverage and allowed three catches for 22 yards and two first downs.