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Winners and Losers from Steelers loss to Ravens

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The Steelers' season ended with a disappointing home playoff loss to the Ravens.

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Winners

Ben Roethlisberger - Baltimore did a good job taking away the Steelers' explosive players by bracketing high and low coverage all game. That kind of a defense is usually countered with underneath passing, but the lack of a running back with receiving ability hindered much of Roethlisberger's ability to attack down the field. He finally got a big play, and we won't dock him for the interception.

Martavis Bryant - With the Ravens playing a strong deep zone, taking away the big play, Bryant operated well in short space, and came up with a few big catches in a game where offense was hard to come by. A great play on his touchdown catch.

Shaun Suisham - Suisham capped off an excellent season with three field goals (45, 22, 47).

Honorable Mention: James Harrison, Ryan Shazier

Losers

Marcus Gilbert - Far too much pressure came off the edge, which we wrote about multiple times this week. If the Steelers could not protect Roethlisberger, they would lose the game.

Maurkice Pouncey - He, too, was dominated at the point of attack often. The Steelers' running game was hindered by many things, but the interior of the line failed to establish forward momentum often.

Ben Tate - His career totals in Pittsburgh will go down as five carries, 19 yards, one fumble and one dropped pass that sealed the game for the Ravens.

Mike Mitchell - a personal foul penalty on a deep throw and getting burned on a critical 3rd and 12 play qualifies for inclusion here. Not sure if he plans to threaten me or not.

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