NFL Nation: John Clay

Quick Take: Steelers at Broncos

January, 1, 2012
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Three things to know about next Sunday's Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos wild-card game:

1. Get the offense back on track. Since Ben Roethlisberger sprained his left ankle, Pittsburgh has scored two touchdowns in 10 quarters with him as quarterback. With the injury, Roethlisberger hasn't been able to follow through on his passes because he is unable to put weight on his left leg -- and the results have reflected his struggles. He has completed 56 of 96 passes (58.3 percent) for 729 yards. He has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions for a 68.4 passer rating. Not getting a first-round bye really hurt the Steelers and Roethlisberger.

2. Figure out what to do with the running game. The Steelers will be without running back Rashard Mendenhall after he injured his right knee in the regular-season finale against Cleveland, which proved to be a meaningless game in terms of playoff implications for Pittsburgh. An MRI is scheduled for tomorrow. While the Steelers haven't relied on their running game much this season, Pittsburgh will need to lean on it more with Roethlisberger injured. The Steelers replaced Mendenhall with Isaac Redman, who scored a touchdown but fumbled twice in the second half. John Clay could also factor into the rotation.

3. Keep the pressure on Tim Tebow. The Steelers haven't faced a quarterback quite like Tebow all season. But the bigger problem is Tebow hasn't faced a defense like the Steelers, especially one on this type of a hot streak. Pittsburgh hasn't allowed a touchdown in its past two games (albeit against the likes of the Rams and Browns). These are the points allowed by the Steelers defense over the past six games: 9, 7 , 3, 20, 0 and 9 — an average of 8 per game.

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