Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Steelers rout Texans to clinch playoff bye

Steelers rout Texans to clinch playoff bye

It's prediction time. Let' get bold (well sort of bold), for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week as they prepare to take on the Houston Texans.

The Texans will be hoping Deshaun Watson provides that next season while the Steelers are moving on to more immediate goals.

Pittsburgh was never seriously challenged by the 4-11 Texans in a game they led 10-0 after eight minutes and 20-0 at halftime.

After pounding the ball on the ground to get it to the Steelers' one-yard line, O'Brien had Yates pass twice. The drive ended with zero points, and Pittsburgh's less-depressing field position has helped spark a scoring drive Ben Roethlisberger has pushed deep into Houston territory. Yates left the game briefly on Monday to be evaluated for a concussion, and his replacement, Taylor Heinicke, sustained a concussion on his only full possession.

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He noted that a lake effect storm system will bring heavy snow, gusty winds and dropping temperatures in those areas. Bridges and overpasses were slick in spots but the recent warm weather limited the affects on road surfaces.

Hopkins did not have a reception until the final play of the third quarter and finished with four catches for 65 yards.

The Steelers hurried and harassed Yates all day with Mike Hilton leading the way with three sacks and three quarterback hits, Cameron Heyward adding two and forcing a fumble.

Former Clemson (and current Texans) WR DeAndre Hopkins may have just made the NFL's catch of the year, although it will unlikely affect the outcome of the game. That rematch, however, would take place at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots have won nine straight playoff games.

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