The Steelers beat the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card 30 to 12 and as we always do here at Steel Curtain Rising, we invite you the readers to vote Steelers game ball winners.
Lead the ballot for the offense is Le’Veon Bell. No explanation needed here. If you’re a Steelers running back who breaks Franco Harris post-season single game rushing record in your first playoff game, you’re nominated for a game ball.
After that, we have Antonio Brown, who scored his first 2 post season touchdown, and led Steelers receivers 5 catches for 124 yards. Ben Roethlisberger also gets a nod with his 13 of 18 passing with 197 yards and two touchdowns. After that we’ll nominate Jesse James, whose numbers won’t make fantasy owners happy, but game up big with block and in saving an interception.
On defense, Lawrence Timmons leads the balloting as he led the Steelers in tackles and sacked Matt Moore two times. James Harrison has the next ballot position, who was instrumental in shutting down Jay Ajayi.
Ryan Shazier gets the next nod, as he was all over the field and snuffed out a drive with an interception. Another player who was all over the field was Mike Mitchell, who had a sack and seemed to be in on every play.
- Bud Dupree also gets the next defensive ballot slot, for his sack.
Rounding out the defensive ballot-place holders is Stephon Tuitt. Stephon Tuitt might have “only” had 4 tackles, but he led the defensive line, which completely shut down Miami’s running game.
Remember, Writings Not Only Allowed, but Encouraged
Remember, this poll is about who you think deserves to win a game ball, not about what I think. So if you think that Ross Cockrell, who had a solid game, deserves a game ball, write his name in. If you think that Sean Davis or Javon Hargrave deserves one, take a moment to write their names in.
- Better yet, write their names in and leave a comment stating your case.
Thanks for taking time out to vote, and please remember to come back later for our full analysis of the Steelers playoff win over the Dolphins.