Steelers

Tomlin, Steelers move on

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the point in ...

Steelers among big losers

Winners and Losers. The big winners in Week 16 were the Saints, Patriots, Cowboys, Seahawks and Ravens. The big losers were the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans. But wait. Then the Texans became winners hours later, earning a playoff berth as they headed back to Houston on Sunday ...

Loss in New Orleans has Steelers rooting for Browns

NEW ORLEANS — Desperately needing a win, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin went for the jugular with a fake punt call late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. Upback Roosevelt Nix came up just short, and so did the Steelers in an excruciating, infuriating 31-28 loss Sunday that may ...

Saints get top seed in NFC

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees found a receiver who hadn’t played most of the season to sustain a late touchdown drive. The Saints’ defense found a way to force two fumbles in the fourth quarter. And New Orleans’ punt-return unit stopped a fake punt less than a yard short of a conversion that ...

Specific goals are in mind for both Steelers, Saints

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — While Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan stressed that New Orleans doesn’t fear going on the road in the playoffs, he readily acknowledged the advantages of staying in the Superdome. New Orleans can lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a ...

New Orleans activates Ginn for today’s game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster, making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh this afternoon. Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 because ...

Washington preps for fill-in role

PITTSBURGH — It’s been an uneven rookie season for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington, but he may be needed for a bigger role nonetheless. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh’s leading receiver, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, and if he can’t ...

Samuels enjoys moment

PITTSBURGH — Jaylen Samuels spent the months leading up to the 2018 NFL draft answering one question over and over again. “People were like, ‘What position (are you) going to play?’” the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie said. “And I just kept saying ‘I’m going to play running ...

Steelers top Patriots to snap skid

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to use the word “crossroads.” He did anyway. His team mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the ...

Win more important than style points

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers took a lot of mystery out of the bumpy playoff chase on Sunday. They beat the New England Patriots 17-10 in front of a rocking crowd at Heinz Field and demonstrated how simple all the math can actually be. Win and they’re in. If they take care of their own ...

Samuels provides Pittsburgh with big lift

PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie Jaylen Samuels finished Sunday both tired and satisfied. Samuels ran for 142 yards on 19 carries, and caught two passes for another 30 yards in the Steelers’ 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. The stage was big, and so was Samuels’ ...

Steelers activate WR Rogers; Conner listed as doubtful

PITTSBURGH — Looks like Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner’s balky left ankle won’t be ready to go against the Patriots. The AFC North leaders downgraded Conner from questionable to doubtful for today’s game against New England. Conner, sixth in the NFL with 909 yards ...

Patriots preparing for Bell-less team

Next opponent What: New England at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Patriots (9-4); Steelers (7-5-1) The line: Patriots by 2 1⁄2 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — If there’s been a blueprint to having success against the Patriots defense this season, it’s started with ...

Raiders’ win a highlight in otherwise down season

OAKLAND, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden ran off the field high-fiving Oakland fans on the way to the locker room. In a season with very little to celebrate, the Raiders had plenty to feel good about Sunday. Derek Carr threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left before ...

Woes continue for Steelers with third straight loss

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game. A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential game-tying kick is to blame this ...

Ridley, Samuels to sub for injured Conner

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Oakland without running back James Conner. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a sprained left ankle and will not play when the AFC North leaders take on the last-place Raiders. Conner, who is second in the NFL in ...

Steelers owning up to ugly Sunday-night loss at home

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The excuses aren’t hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them. The false start that wasn’t called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown. The apparent block in the back that helped spring Chargers ...

Mistakes still hurting Raiders

The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden knows the Oakland Raiders aren’t nearly good enough to overcome a litany of mistakes if they want to be able to beat one of the top teams in the league like the Kansas City Chiefs. So when the running backs lose three fumbles, a ...

Big month awaits Steelers, Chargers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the ...

JuJu officially in the spotlight

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. A fraction faster and ...