Steelers keeping hope alive… Young guns still looking good

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The makes the final games of the season extremely important to these teams. The Ravens will travel to Cincinnati to face the 10-5, Bengals. Even though the Bengals have clinched the AFC North Division and their third straight playoff, they would like nothing better than to knock the Ravens out of the playoffs. Plus a Bengal win and a Patriots loss would move them into the second slot. The Bengals clinched the division with a 42-14 beat down of the Minnesota Vikings.

Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu, left, intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) and returns it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu, left, intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) and returns it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Chargers will travel to Kansas City to face the 11-4 Chiefs. The Chiefs are in as the top wild card, so they really don’t have anything to lose, but pride.

The Denver Broncos remained the top seed, 12-3 by defeating the Houston Texans 37-13, followed by the Patriots, 11-7, Bengals 10-5, and the Indianapolis Colts, 10-5.

The Steelers once again put together a very solid game on offense and defense as they went back and forward with 7-7-1 Packers.

Antonio Brown continues to lead the NFL in receptions as he picked upk 6 for 105 yards moving him up to 101 for the season with 1,412 for the season. This makes him only the second wide receiver in Steelers history with 100 or more receptions. Hines Ward was the other.

Ben Roethlisberger played a so so game, as the Steelers chose to keep the ball on the ground. Ben was 18 of 28 for just 167 yards and two touchdowns. Le’Vean Bell carried the bulk of the load carrying the ball 26 times for 124 yards on the ground, plus an additional 5 catches for 43 yards. Charles Lacey, the rookie picked after Bell in the draft, and who is the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, had 84 yards, on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury.

The young Steelers on both offense and defense continue to look very impressive, especially the offensive line. They protected Ben all day, and opened holes for Bell in the running game.

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