The Steelers thrilling AFC North Clinching win over the Baltimore Ravens capture the imagination of Steelers Nation if our Steelers-Ravens game ball poll participation is any indication. In total, the poll drew of 195 votes, by far the largest of the year and perhaps in the history of the poll.
And the voting for the top spot was fierce, as Ben Roethlisberger edged out Antonio Brown by a vote of 39 to 34.
That’s not surprising, since the Steelers dynamic duo was unstoppable all night. Down the ballot, Chris Boswell claimed third place which should come as no surprise as he kicked four field goals, including a 52 yarder and of course the 46 yard game winning field goal.
Le’Veon Bell cam in 4th with 21 votes, on the heels of a very strong, 100 yard from scrimmage performance against a tough Ravens defense. T.J. Watt, whose strip sack of Joe Flacco sealed the game, was close behind earning 50 votes which was enough for 5th place.
#Shalieve50 came in with 19 votes19, as support for Ryan Shazier and his inspiration to the team was very evident both on the field and in the stands at Heinz Field. Jesse James, who just missed a 100 yard receiving game and came up with several clutch catches throughout the night came next, with 19 votes.
- After that, the voting dropped off markedly.
Vance McDonald came in with four votes, despite a plea by staff writer Tony Defeo in favor of the Steelers tight ends, and a nod from the Steelers Ravens Report Card, which named both tight ends as unsung heroes.
- Cam Heyward got two votes while Vince Williams got 1.
There were also write in votes for a “Total Team Effort” which polled the support of 7 write-in voters, as well as three for the Steelers offensive line, who got 3 write-ins.
As always, Steel Curtain Rising offers its sincere thanks to everyone who took the time out to vote, and gives a special nod of thanks to any and all who took the time to write in their choices.
Now Go Steelers! Let’s beat the New England Patriots!