Last game of the Wild Card


The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Denver Broncos in the last playoff game on Sunday. This matchup is interesting because there are many factors that will make this game a close call. Typically the Steelers are known for their strong defense and their proactive offense who seem to regularly get things done even if it’s a little messy and close. This game will be a little different because they are playing in Bronco territory. Despite the absurdity of the location of this game being hosted by a team who had 4 less wins than their opponent the Steelers have no choice but to maintain their focus and play their hardest. The difficulty that the Steelers team has to face is their laundry list of injuries. The Broncos are playing with good health and no injuries to report which is a great advantage aside from being in their own venue.

One too many great Steelers players will not be seeing the ball today. This includes Clarke who was ruled out of the game by Tomlin due to his sickle cell disease and the impact that playing in this high atlitude previously had on his health. Tomlin has made the right choice by protecting the health of his player but Clark is not happy about this decision. Running back Mendenhall is out with a season ending knee injury and Moore is also out with a knee injury as well. Pouncey missed both practices at the end of the week and his status is questionable but game time doesn’t look promising for this center. Therefore, Legursky most likely will be the back up center.

There are also several players who are probable: Harrison, Kesisel, Scott Polamalu, Legursky and Woodley. These gentleman will more than likely be playing against the Broncos this Sunday because all of which have been practicing to some extent. Most importantly the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Big Ben is still having issues with his high ankle sprain which will take a toll on his mobility in the pocket. This is a potentially disasterous situation because the limited mobility will not allow him to maintain his QB flow and style to break away from defenders and make plays happen. Big Ben is a quarterback that is active in the pocket and occasionally runs the ball for himself.

Tim Tebow may have helped to give the Broncos a chance to play in the playoffs but the magic is about to run out. Tebow is no match for this veteran team and quarterback. The Steelers haven’t given up 40 points since 2006 but the Broncos have given up at least 40 points in 4 games this season. As for the Steelers offense, this year Big Ben averages 37 pass attempts per game and 40 on the road and he has yet to lose a playoff road game. The Steelers defense is going to challenge the Broncos run plays and put extreme pressure on Tebow and force him to throw.

The Steelers are going to steal the night away from this novice quarterback. It has been a great run Denver but the Pittsburgh Steelers have all the experience and tools to come out on top of this game.

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