Steelers’ playoff run ends early

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Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass during a game against the Washington Football Team at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA on December 7, 2020. Monday, Jan. 3 could be Roethlisberger’s last game at Heinz Field.

Matthew Scabilloni, Sports Editor

The Steelers season ended Sunday night by getting blown out by the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Chiefs, 42-21.

The Steelers weren’t really given that much of a chance to win this game being the biggest underdog (12.5 points) in the history of the wildcard.

The Steelers didn’t seem too outmatched at the beginning. They took a 7-0 lead on a T.J. Watt scoop n’ score with 10:41 to go in the first half. Although, this was the only time of the game that the Steelers seemed as if they were in charge.

After that, it was a downpour of Chiefs TDs on a tired Steelers defense. The Steelers offense couldn’t stay on the field for longer than six plays in the entire first half.

The Chiefs scored five TDs on five straight drives. And as soon as it seemed like the Steelers might actually be in this game, they were out of it. With 9:14 left in the third, the score was Chiefs 35 Steelers 7.

All of Steelers Nation knew it was over after that because the Steelers non-explosive offense could not score 35 points.

The rest of the game was pretty boring with the Steelers getting two more TDs and the Chiefs getting one.

These TDs were pretty pointless for the Steelers, but it definitely still meant something to Ben Roethlisberger with these being his two last TDs of his Hall of Fame career.

The Steelers still beat all odds to make this game but were not able to make the most of it.

On to the offseason for the Steelers where it will definitely be interesting to see what this team will look like next season. They will need a new QB and most likely a different OL.

Perhaps we may see Pitt QB Kenny Pickett as the Steelers’ next franchise QB.