The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins went head-to-head in the AFC Wild Card game at Heinz Field, and the Dolphins had to feel as if they were on another planet, in terms of the weather. The kickoff temperature in Pittsburgh was around 17-degrees, with a wind chill near zero degrees. Quite the difference between the warm conditions of southern Florida.
Miami won the opening kickoff, and chose to defer to the second half, and Pittsburgh wasted little time putting points on the board. The first drive of the game resulted in Antonio Brown taking a wide receiver screen pass 50-yards to give the home team a 7-0 lead. After a forced Miami punt, Roethlisberger hit Brown again for his second touchdown of the game, putting the Steelers up 14-0, all in the first quarter of the game.
Matt Moore would answer on the Dolphins’ second drive, but the drive stalled and Miami would have to settle for a 38-yard Andrew Franks field goal. The kick finally put the ‘phins on the board 14-3. To answer, the Steelers drove the ball down the field featuring nothing but Le’Veon Bell. The drive went 83-yards and resulted in a one-yard Bell touchdown run, the first of his career, but Chris Boswell missed the point after giving Pittsburgh a 20-3 lead.
After another Dolphins field goal made the score 20-6, Pittsburgh looked as if they were going to put more points on the board inside 2 minutes left in the half, but an untimely Roethlisberger interception gave Miami the ball back. Moore led the Dolphins down the field, but James Harrison had a strip sack, causing a fumble, which was recovered by Stephon Tuitt. The play eliminated the threat of Miami putting more points on the board, and kept the halftime score at 20-6.
To start the second half, Moore was moving the Dolphins’ offense again, before a Mike Mitchell sack caused a fumble, which was recovered by L.T. Walton. Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers’ offense took the ball into the Miami redzone, but had to settle for a Boswell field goal. The kick made the score 23-6 with 6:32 left in the third quarter.
On the next play from scrimmage, Moore was intercepted by Ryan Shazier, setting up the Steelers offense in Miami territory. After a Miami offsides on a Boswell field goal attempt, the Steelers were given a first down, which turned into Bell’s second touchdown of the game to give Pittsburgh a 30-6 lead.
The fourth quarter consisted of several punts by both teams, and the Dolphins added to their point total after Moore hit Damien Williams with a swing pass for a score; however, the team went for the two-point conversion and failed, making the score 30-12 with 5:57 left in the game, which would be the final score.
The win advances the Steelers to the AFC Divisional round, and they will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs for a 1:05 p.m. ET kickoff.