Steelers

Jones trying to make most of shot at starting

PITTSBURGH — Landry Jones will be looking for a job in March. Consider Sunday’s regular-season finale against Cleveland the Pittsburgh Steelers’ backup quarterback’s last best chance at landing an interview. Nearing the end of his fourth season behind Ben Roethlisberger, Jones ...

Tomlin chides Bradshaw for comment

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t mind Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw criticizing his performance. It comes with the job. Bradshaw likening Tomlin to a “cheerleader,” however? Well that’s another matter entirely. Tomlin said Bradshaw’s comments ...

Legendary QB lacks insight

PITTSBURGH — Terry Bradshaw was right. He was correct at least to this degree — Mike Tomlin is not a great coach. If the term “great” is to have any meaning, there’s only one current NFL coach who could be considered in that category. It’s everyone’s favorite villain, Bill ...

Role players growing up on the job

PITTSBURGH — The image of Antonio Brown’s seemingly elastic left arm fighting off a pair of tacklers to stretch the ball across the goal line and send the Pittsburgh Steelers into the playoffs will live on. One more highly GIF-able moment in the star wide receiver’s weekly dance with the ...

Stretching for seven: Brown’s effort clinches AFC North

PITTSBURGH — The clock ticking and a season filled with promise evaporating, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the snap, turned to his left and put the AFC North title in the hands of Antonio Brown. The star wide receiver caught the ball at the Baltimore 1 and waited for the hit ...

Game-winning play makes for happy holiday

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are in the playoffs, never mind the tightrope they walked for three hours to get there Sunday evening. They won the AFC North with a come-from-behind last-second 31-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. It will be remembered as one of the most classic games ever at ...

Steelers stick together

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger helped bail out the Steelers and propel them into the playoffs with a 31-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. But he also wanted to make it clear he was a big reason that rescue was needed. Roethlisberger threw a couple of costly interceptions on first ...

Steelers, Ravens ready for showdown

PITTSBURGH — When safety Mike Mitchell arrived in Pittsburgh in 2014, it didn’t take long to get indoctrinated into his new team’s particular distaste for the Baltimore Ravens. “It was just you don’t like Baltimore,” Mitchell said. “It was like growing up in the Cold War, you ...

Steelers are minus two targets on Sunday

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likely will be without two key targets Sunday night against Baltimore. Wide receiver Sammie Coates and tight end Ladarius Green were listed as doubtful on Friday. Coates, who has played through two ...

Brown hoping other wideouts step up

PITTSBURGH — The previous time Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown were in uniform together for the Steelers at Heinz Field against the Ravens, Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six touchdowns in a 43-23 romp midway through the 2014 season. It’s still Pittsburgh’s ...

WJAC TV won’t carry Steelers-Ravens game

WJAC-TV reiterated on its Facebook page Wednesday that it will not be carrying the Steelers-Ravens game on Sunday. Its post read: “The NFL Network has exclusive rights to the Christmas Day game between the Steelers and Ravens at Heinz Field and is only allowing the home markets of ...

Pittsburgh’s Mitchell playing by the rules

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The midweek letters from the NFL league office indicating he’s been fined have stopped popping up in Mike Mitchell’s locker. So have the penalty flags for unnecessary roughness that used to follow the Pittsburgh Steelers safety around ...

Flacco throwing much more this year

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens usually talk all week about establishing the run, then end up throwing the ball for most of the game. Fortunately, Joe Flacco has been up to the task. Flacco has already reached career highs in attempts and completions. With the Ravens (8-6) ...

Steelers’ Tuitt is hopeful

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt politely shooed away reporters on Monday when they approached his locker, saying he needed to go get an MRI on his achy right knee. Tuitt then walked away without any sort of noticeable ...

Steelers showing resiliency

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers put themselves back in the playoff conversation by stringing together four convincing victories in which they never trailed. They put themselves on the cusp of the AFC North title by showing the kind of resilience they’ve lacked this year when things get ...

Steelers’ Boswell accounts for 18 points on 6 kicks in win

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The defending champions have been eliminated. An AFC North title is now one victory away for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are on their best regular-season surge in seven years. Chris Boswell tied the club record with six field goals, and Ben ...

Another Bengals meltdown

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — No points in the second half. More penalties than first downs. The Bengals’ playoff chances were extinguished with a fitting meltdown. A 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday took care of the defending division champions. Cincinnati (5-8-1) ...

Tomlin hardly reveling in his success

PITTSBURGH — The moment called for celebration, maybe even a hint of introspection. Mike Tomlin was having none of it. Minutes after becoming just the eighth coach in NFL history to collect 100 victories in his first 10 seasons on the job, a one-sided 27-20 clinic in snowy Buffalo last ...

Steelers can knock Bengals out of playoff race

CINCINNATI — The previous time the Steelers came to town, they knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs with a stunning last-minute rally. They’re headed back with a chance to inflict another loss that will leave a lasting mark. The AFC North leaders would unseat the defending champions ...

Steelers giving Big Ben time to throw

PITTSBURGH — When Ben Roethlisberger returned to the field in Baltimore on Nov. 6, just 20 days removed from surgery on his left knee, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin sent a message to his offensive line: protect Roethlisberger or else. “He said ‘we can’t let him get hit,’” ...