The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to achieve a comeback win for the memories by defeating the Denver Broncos 34-27 in Week 15. After every game there are players who could be labeled 'Winners' and those who could be dubbed 'Losers'.
See who gets labeled as winners, and losers, after the Steelers' 9th win of the season.
Ben Roethlisberger: After a struggling first half, the two-time Super Bowl champion led his offense to a huge 17-point comeback against the Denver Broncos' defense that was ranked as the best defense in the league. In back to back weeks, the Steelers have faced the NFL's top-ranked defense and dropped more than 30 points on them to knock them from their title of best defense. Despite the two interceptions, Roethlisberger is such a winner today. 40 completions on 55 attempts for 380 yards and three touchdowns in the midst of an onslaught of pressure from the Denver's
Antonio Brown - The best receiver in the NFL broke the Broncos' secondary over his knee. Whether it was stiff arming a defensive back to the ground, making a big catch in the end zone or closing out the game, Brown had his way. He was the biggest weapon for Roethlisberger with 16 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Harris' Jr. had not yielded a touchdown to a receiver for almost two years coming into this game, today Brown scored twice on him.
Martavis Bryant - Ten catches for 87 yards with multiple very good receptions that kept drives alive; one of which was a GROWN MAN GRAB with Aqib Talib hanging right onto the ball on third down. Bryant is also a big reason why no defense can afford to rotate their full coverage to stop Brown, because he is such a threat as a playmaker any time he's on the field.
Ryan Shazier - The second year player had a huge second half interception that contributed to the team's shut out after halftime. He showed his ability to cover the field and made the big play he was drafted to make.
Brandon Boykin - The fans have talked up the hype on Boykin ever since he was traded to Pittsburgh from the Philadelphia Eagles and the past few weeks he has showed up to play. You saw the Steelers put Boykin in for Antwon Blake during the second half as Pittsburgh posted a second half shut out after allowing 27 points in the first half. He may have punched his card to have a more permanent spot in the defense.
Will Allen - The forced fumble and several other big hits made him a big player today. When the defense was allowed to play tighter he stepped up with the rest of the unit.
Cameron Heyward - This guy could be a winner every week with the way he plays, his sack in the second half rattled Brock Osweiller and continues to be a true leader for this team's defense.
Antwon Blake - He finally lost his spot today, and possibly for good. Maybe now he will stop appearing on this list.
Ross Cockrell - Early in the game Emmanuel Sanders was taking everything Cockrell had to give and he did not look good. He improved his play in the second half but he was victimized too often in this game.
Cody Wallace - Sub-par blocking today combined with a bone-headed late hit that erased a huge gain for Antonio Brown in the first quarter. The guy is fiesty but he has to keep his head in the game.
Shamarko Thomas - Though it was just one play, it's another in a long line of mistakes that has been part of his career in Pittsburgh. The punt return which he thought he had downed could have been a lot worse had it not been for the penalty (he did step out of bounds but it is still a mental mistake that should not happen). He has made it a question as to whether the team should even keep him on after his rookie contract expires.
T.J. Ward - The Broncos' safety that did not even touch the field today poked the bear when he made comments about the Steelers earlier this week. Saying the only reason the Steelers were hot was because they had not seen the Broncos defense seems silly after the Steelers drop their sixth straight 30+ point game on the team that was supposed to have the NFL's best defense.
Coaching Staff - Mike Tomlin, Keith Butler, everybody that had a hand in the 17 point comeback victory that is a signature win for this team, they all deserve a hat tip. What a win.