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Winning in the NFL isn't easy. Winning on the road is even harder. When you face a sub-.500 club and have a history of beating them in their house, the odds get even longer. The Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in Georgia faced those long odds as the Atlanta Falcons came in 5-8 but still tied for first in the dreadful NFC South.
Pittsburgh saw two individual single-season records broken in their 27-20 victory over the Falcons. Ben Roethlisberger broke his own passing-yards record, set in 2009, and Antonio Brown's 113th catch broke Hines Ward's 12-year-old record.
Pittsburgh saw its defense get another touchdown from William Gay, a new team record for interceptions returned in a season, as they struggled to run the ball effectively. Atlanta got an excellent performance from quarterback Matt Ryan after that interception, but the Steelers were able to get a three-and-out on the Falcons' last offensive drive. This set up a clock-killing drive for the Steelers, highlighted by a third-and-short pass to Heath Miller that sealed it.
The Steelers used their first two drives for a combined 19 plays and 132 yards, but only were able to settle for a pair of Shaun Suisham field goals of 38 yards each and a 6-0 lead after one quarter of play. They held the ball for a total of 10:53 in the first quarter.
It became clear early on that the Falcons were not going to let Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell beat them on the ground, as they focused their attack on stopping No. 26, holding Bell to just 38 yards. What the Falcons failed to do with Bell, however, was to keep him from getting into the end-zone twice, as he managed to run for a pair of scores.