After a scoreless first quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers score 24 points in the final three minutes of the first half and then hang on to beat the Houston Texans, 30-23. Pittsburgh moves to 4-3 on the season.
After a stunning first half scorching of the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers came out after halftime and had to play tough, fundamental football in order to set up a game-winning field goal for Shaun Suisham. Overall, the Steelers open the 2014 NFL regular season with a favorable game grade in week one.
The New Orleans Saints played a much better game on defense as they faced off with the Seattle Seahawks this time, but there were plenty of other problems. It was a hard-fought effort and a really good season, but the road woes have got to stop.
The Indianapolis Colts were hoping to not end up having to come from behind in another huge deficit this week. Well, they didn’t have to until they got to the fourth quarter and the New England Patriots opened it up.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years and now one more year can be added onto that streak. The San Diego Chargers were able to continue their rejuvenated season by dominating the Bengals and eliminating Cincinnati from the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints had never won a road playoff game and were often marred by their road woes and the “cold curse.” Temperatures in Philadelphia were down in the twenties and Drew Brees was faltering, but the Saints left it in the hands, or on the foot, of their newest player in Shayne Graham.
If grades would have been handed out after the first half of the game, the Indianapolis Colts would have received straight F’s across the entire board. With the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history ousting the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s quite amazing what a difference just 30 minutes can make.