The Steelers (13-3) went a ideal 6-0 against the AFC North while wrapping up their third division title in four years. Smith-Schuster, the team's second-round draft pick this year, beat out outside linebacker T.J. Watt for the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award", given annually to the Steelers top rookie.
"I felt completely confident in terms of the guys that we played with today in terms of their ability to do the job", Tomlin said. "I'm kind of exhausted of so many people saying - even within the organization - that we don't have the guys or we need more guys".
Instead, the Steelers were able to run out the clock, and the botched play will be remembered as emblematic of the entire dispiriting season. Alvin Kamara scored on a 106-yard kickoff return and had a second touchdown rushing for the Saints. "Jacksonville, you lose by a field goal (17-14)". Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, starting in place of Alex Smith, handed off a 24-10 lead to No. 3 QB Tyler Bray midway through the fourth quarter but came back with the score tied 24-24 and less than three minutes left. "The people we put on the field, we'll expect them to play and play winning football". Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles struggled in one quarter, going 4-for-11 for 39 yards with one interception. The Eagles rested several starters on a frigid day and played others briefly after securing the NFC's No. 1 seed Monday night.
Lions 35, Packers 11: Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes as host Detroit (9-7) beat Green Bay (7-9). Harrison has since offered up his thoughts on his exit from the Steelers and claims he asked the team to play him or cut several times during the season as he was under the understanding that he would have played more than he was playing. The Packers have a losing record for the first time since 2008, which is also the last time they missed the playoffs. Regardless of if Cleveland wins or not on Sunday their head coach Hue Jackson has already agreed to jump into Lake Erie being as he promised that his team wouldn't go 1-15 again this year. The Browns have lost 20 straight road games and 16 straight games against the AFC North since then.
"It hasn't been brought up team-wide, but at the end of the day we all know, " said cornerback Jason McCourty. "I'll continue to have faith in our players that will happen at some point for this organization". Tim Couch threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in a 33-13 win.