When it comes to AFC Playoff history, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins don’t have much of a past. The last time the two teams met in the postseason was when Dan Marino and Miami beat the Steelers in the 1985 AFC Championship game.
There will be a new chapter written between these two teams in the AFC Wild Card round of the 2016-2017 AFC Playoffs when the No. 6 seeded Dolphins travel to Heinz Field to play the No. 3 seeded Steelers.
There is now a date and time associated with the game, and the showdown will take place Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
This is a rematch of the Week 6 game when the Dolphins beat the Steelers 30-15 in South Beach, but this upcoming game will certainly be different in comparison. As all Steelers fans can remember, it was in the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger injured his left knee and was forced to leave the game. Although he returned to play the entire second half, he was unable to be under center due to the injury, and missed the next week’s game before their bye week. Roethlisberger is now healthy, and so are Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Maurkice Pouncey.
On the other side of the field will also be a significant difference. Ryan Tannehill, who hit several big passes to Jarvis Landry and Devontae Adams in Week 6, will likely be out with a knee injury and Matt Moore will be the signal caller in the playoffs.
This will be the second year in a row the Steelers will face a backup quarterback in the first round of the playoffs, as the were able to outlast AJ McCarron and the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2016 AFC Wild Card game.
The date and time have been set, let the preparation begin for the playoffs!