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A HUGE gold star thank you goes out to Barry Blyler for generously contributing the 2018 season for the rest of us to enjoy. Kudos, Barry!

 2018 Regular Season 

2018 Steelers 30 at Buccaneers 27 MNF
TE Vance McDonald sets the tone early when he gathers in a Roethlisberger pass, turns upfield and delivers a BRUTAL "sit down, son!" stiff arm to DB Chris Conte, rumbling 75-yds down the sideline for a score. After an early pick, Big Ben has a nearly flawless game, hitting 30 of 38 for 353 yds and 3 TDs. The Bucs score first on a short Fitzpatrick TD pass, but Fitz soon implodes, throwing INTs on 3 consecutive drives in the 2nd quarter, lncluding a back-breaking pick-6 to Bud DuPree as the Steelers open up a 30-10 halftime lead. The Steelers sleepwalk a bit in the 2nd half and Tampa fights back, closing to within a FG late in the game. But it's too little, too late as the Steelers muscle down the clock to preserve the win.

2018 Steelers 20 at Jaguars 16
For 3 quarters, the Steelers get their butts kicked, repeatedly giving up big runs and being manhandled in the trenches. Jacksonville only has 3 FGs to show for their first half dominance until late in the 3rd when Roethlisberger throws his 3rd pick of the day, setting up a seemingly effortless 80-yd march to give the Jags what appears to be an insurmountable 16-0 lead. But with a minute left in the 3rd, Ben finally lets the lightning out of the bottle, pump-faking and launching a bomb to a WIDE open Antonio Brown for a 78-yd TD. As the offense wakes up, so does the defense, holding Jacksonville without a single 1st down for the rest of the game. While James Conner suffers a pair of HUGE dropped passes -- one on 4th down and another that was a sure TD -- Juju Smith-Schuster bails him out with a pair of spectacular acrobatic grabs, and with 2:28 remaining, Ben hits Vance McDonald with a touch pass placed perfectly over coverage in the back of the end zone to narrow the score to 16-13. The defense forces another 3-and-out, and Ben coolly drives the Steelers 68 yds to the J-ville 2. The Jags appear to thwart the comeback with an INT in the end zone, but a blatant facemask overturns the play. With 5 seconds left, Ben rolls right and suddenly dives into the line, reaching the ball just beyond the goal line to complete a remarkable comeback.

2018 Steelers 17 vs Patriots 10
With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, the Steelers suddenly find a running game behind rookie backup Jaylen Samuels, who surprises with a punishing 19-carry 142-yd performance, spearheading Pittsburgh's first win over New England in 7 years. The Steelers also foil two perennial tormenters, limiting Gronkowski to only 2 catches for 21 yds, and forcing Tom Brady into a costly red zone INT by Joe Haden. Haden's leaping INT at the Steeler 4 thwarted a potential go-ahead score and led to a critical 48-yd FG by the struggling Chris Boswell to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 17-10. Brady drives to the Steeler 11 in the final seconds, but the Patriots turn it over on downs after 3 straight incompletions and the Steelers live to fight another day.


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