- PIT 396
- 324 DEN
- PIT 1
- 0 DEN
- PIT 16
- 19 DEN
- Denver, CO 80204
- Line: EVEN
Martavis Bryant and Bradley Roby earn game balls
Denver's defense rises to the occasion
Brandon McManus 28 Yd Field Goal
5 plays, 20 yards, 1:57
Brandon McManus 41 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 8 yards, 1:26
Fitzgerald Toussaint 1 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick)
5 plays, 80 yards, 2:18
Chris Boswell 43 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 60 yards, 3:53
Brandon McManus 51 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 62 yards, 3:14
Chris Boswell 28 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 69 yards, 2:19
Brandon McManus 41 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 30 yards, 3:08
C.J. Anderson 1 Yd Run (Peyton Manning Pass to Demaryius Thomas for Two-Point Conversion)
13 plays, 65 yards, 6:52
Brandon McManus 45 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 3 yards, 0:56
Chris Boswell 47 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 51 yards, 0:34
Ben Roethlisberger posted a 53.2 Total QBR in the Steelers loss Sunday. It was his highest QBR in any of his 5 postseason losses in the last 10 seasons.
Peyton Manning posted a 35.9 Total QBR Sunday, his 2nd worst in a playoff game in the last 10 seasons. It was his worst QBR in a playoff win in that time.
Manning was 3-of-5 for 45 yards when under duress, including his 34-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders early in the 4th quarter after Manning had fallen down avoiding a sack. Sanders gained 19 yards after the catch, the most on any Broncos reception Sunday.The reception was 1 of 3 passes that Sanders caught at least 15 yards downfield, tied for his most such receptions in a game this season. Sanders also caught 3 passes of at least 15 air yards in Week 15 against the Steelers. Manning was 3-of-4 targeting Sanders deep downfield Sunday, compared to 1-of-6 targeting all other receivers.
DROPSBroncos receivers dropped 6 passes Sunday, including 5 in the first half. That is tied for the most by any team in a postseason game in the last 10 seasons, and the most for the Broncos in ANY game in the last 6 seasons.In the last 10 postseasons, teams with 5+ drops in a game are a combined 2-6. The 2 wins have come in the last 2 days (Patriots on Saturday, Broncos on Sunday).THIRD DOWNSPrior to the game-winning touchdown drive, the Broncos were 1-of-12 on 3rd down, including 0-of-8 on 3rd and 5+ yards. On the game-winning drive, the Broncos were 2-of-2 on 3rd down, converting on 3rd-and-12 (31-yard completion to Bennie Fowler) and 3rd-and goal (1-yard Rush TD from C.J. Anderson).ALLOWING EXPLOSIVE PLAYSThe Steelers had 4 plays of 30+ yards Sunday, the most the Broncos have allowed in a game in the last 3 seasons including playoffs, including 3 in the 1st half. 3 of the 4 big plays led to Steelers points.The Broncos allowed 16 such plays during the regular season, tied for 2nd fewest in the league (Buccaneers - 14).
Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed 4 times for 7 yards in the 2nd half Sunday, lowering his 2nd-half rushing average to 2.33 yards per rush for the season. Only 1 running back (DuJuan Harris of the 49ers) was worse in the 2nd half this season.
Martavis Bryant had 194 yards from scrimmage Sunday (154 Rec yds, 40 Rush yds). It's the most by a Steelers player in a postseason game in the Super Bowl Era.
The Steelers weren't able to close Sunday rushing 6 times for 7 yards in the 2nd half Sunday, including a crucial lost fumble by Fitzgerald Toussaint. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant was the Steelers' leading rusher Sunday.
The Steelers went 2-of-12 on 3rd down (16.7%) which was actually worse than the Broncos (3-of-15, 20.0%). The Steelers went 4-of-25 (16.0%) on 3rd down this postseason.
Steelers have won their last 14 playoff games when leading entering the 4th quarter ... last loss, 1994 AFC title game to Chargers
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tried his hand at auto racing on Wednesday, doing a few laps with former Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti.
Broncos offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo will get a shot at guard this season, but the coaches know he also has the ability to play tackle.
New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson is keeping a positive attitude regarding his offseason workouts and possible discipline from the NFL.
ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini says that with Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned, Geno Smith led the first-team offense and looked sharp on Wednesday and Smith said he sees this as an opportunity.
ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards explains that kicker Blair Walsh will be able to put last year's wild-card field goal miss behind him because the Vikings will provide the opportunity for him to get back in similar situations over and over again.
Undrafted rookie Claudell Louis relishes the chance to play for Buffalo, an opportunity he didn't think possible on his accidental path to football.