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Steelers Survive Titans’ Comeback Bid, Improve to 6-0

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Stephen Gostkowski’s game-tying field goal attempt in the final minute slipped wide right and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on for a 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday.

The Titans were driving late after a Ben Roethlisberger interception, but a crucial intentional grounding penalty thanks to pressure on Ryan Tannehill by Stephon Tuitt pushed them back on the last drive.

The Steelers built an early lead with a pair of impressive offensive drives. They took the opening kickoff and marched 100 yards over 16 plays in 9:18, with Roethlisberger hitting Diontae Johnson for an 11-yard score.

After a Titans three-and-out, the Steelers took over and went on another long drive, this one a 13-play, 61-yard affair that took 7:05 off the clock and ended in a 1-yard Benny Snell touchdown plunge.

The Titans responded with four-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to Corey Davis, but Roethlisberger once again found Johnson for a four-yard score and Pittsburgh went into the break with a seemingly safe 24-7 lead.

In the second half, it was all Tennessee as the Titans got a big play from Tannehill to A.J. Brown on a 73-yard coach and run and Derrick Henry scored from 1-yard out to bring Tennessee to pithing a field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers were driving and looked to be set to salt the game away before Roethlisberger was intercepted and set up the Titans’s final drive.

The Steelers are now 6-0 for the first time since 1978. They’ll visit the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

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Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Regret Punt, Will Talk to Ben Roethlisberger About Future

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin answers questions from the media following his team’s shocking defeat at the hands of the Browns in the playoffs. Tomlin explained why he decided to punt on a 4th and 1 in the 4th quarter while trailing by multiple scores. He also touched on the timeline for when he will talk to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about his future with the team.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Says He Doesn’t Regret ‘Browns Is the Browns’ Comment

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PITTSBURGH — It was repeated so often in the five days between when JuJu Smith-Schuster said the phrase on Wednesday to Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field, that it nearly became the No. 1 talking point coming into the game.

“The Browns is the Browns.”

Before the game, after the game and probably during the game, many of the Browns made it clear that they had taken exception to Smith-Schuster’s characterization of the team.

Smith-Schuster said after the game that he had no regrets about what he said.

“You know, I don’t regret what I said,” Smith-Schuster said. “I said, ‘The Browns is the Browns.’ They came out and they played a hell of a game. You know, there’s been games where we feel we lose them and today wasn’t our night and hopefully the same Browns will show up next week against the same opponent and go out and do the same thing they did tonight and have a hell of a game.”

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