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STEELERS ON 11: Steelers clinch first-round bye with win against Texans

26 December, 2017, 06:03 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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One player the Steelers may have left in the game too long, however, is rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt.

Pittsburgh was never seriously challenged by the 4-11 Texans in a game they led 10-0 after eight minutes and 20-0 at halftime. He had a pair of turnovers in the loss.

What this means for the Texans: Houston trailed within five minutes of starting this game, so getting some early points were paramount to the team's upset chances. Yates left the game for a drive to start the second half as he was in concussion protocol, but returned to throw for 7 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers will close out their 2017 regular season with a home game against the Cleveland Browns, whose offense enters Week 17 having already allowed 44 sacks.

While the Texans should have run the ball, what made the play calls even worse was that neither pass was intended for Houston's best receiver - DeAndre Hopkins. One team that hopes to thwart their plans is the Houston Texans who have been struggling in recent weeks due to a number of injuries - particularly in the quarterback position. Hopkins finished with four catches for 65 yards and a score. That rematch, however, would take place at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots have won nine straight playoff games.

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