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Explaining just how insane Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell’s record-breaking day was

Sometimes we love number-crunching here, and when someone (Le'Veon Bell) has record-shattering day statistically, we couldn't help but dig in and look at the stats.

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As we all know by now, Bell completed a day that only one other running back had ever had in history (and a pretty good one too: Jim Brown).

What you may not have realized is that Bell was the focus of the Steelers offense on 43 of their 75 plays. Three more plays were kneel downs, bringing the total snap count down to 72 on the day.

Taking those three plays out of the count, Le'Veon Bell accounted for 59.7% of the Steelers touches on Sunday. Furthermore, two additional plays were "no play" in which Bell was the ball carrier, but the play was called back due to a penalty.

Breaking down the Steelers offensive plays from Sunday, the highlighted plays in yellow involved Bell. The two extra, in orange, are the plays called back by flags.

Stretching from 12:05 in the 2nd quarter, Bell touched the ball (or was the intended target, in the case of one incompletion his way) on 32 of 44 offensive plays. (This does not include the two nullified plays mentioned above.)

If those stats don't jump off of the page, there are more that do.

During that stretch of 44 plays, Bell actually comes out for one play and is replaced by Fitzgerald Toussaint. Pittsburgh had previously run the ball six straight times which included two of the penalized plays where runs came back. On attempt seven, naturally, the Steelers would… run the ball again!

Toussaint would carry the ball for 6 yards, and Bell would return, this time stopped for a loss of one yard.

Ben would attempt a single pass, which was not completed, making way for Bell to carry two more times on this drive, before the drive ended with Ben Roethlisberger's intended pass for TE Jesse James getting intercepted.

Yeah, so Ben's last interception was practically his last throw!

Isn't that the craziest thing to say about a future Hall of Famer? Yet, it's true.

Following the pick, Artie Burns would get an interception of his own on the very next play, giving the ball back to the Steelers. Bell would go back to work, carrying the ball an astonishingly six straight times once again, leading to a Chris Boswell field goal.

The Bills would get on the board again, and on the next Pittsburgh drive, Bell would carry the ball on 6 of their next 8 plays: Antonio Brown would catch a Big Ben pass to the tune of a 29-yard gain, while Bell added another touch on the drive with a 14-yard catch-and-run, before another Boswell field goal conversion.

In all, Bell accounted for every Steelers touchdown on Sunday (three) 236 rushing yards on 38 attempts, and had 4 catches for 62 yards. Le'Veon also had five of the Steelers ten longest plays in the game, single-handedly out-gaining the Bills offense with 298 all-purpose yards to Buffalo's 275 total yards.

With a career day, Bell topped 1,000 yards for the season, averaging 161.6 yards from scrimmage per game.

Joe is the founder of Steel City Underground, a Pittsburgh Steelers blog and podcast. Follow SCU on Facebook and Twitter.