Pittsburgh's big three lead the way in rout of Dolphins

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Sunday was the first time the Pittsburgh Steelers had Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger on the field for a playoff game. And, oh boy, did the 'Killer B's' put on a show. 

Pittsburgh's terrific trio had huge games as the Steelers cruised to a 30-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Brown caught five passes for 124 yards and a pair of scores. Bell ran for a franchise-record 167 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns.

Over his seven-year career, Brown has scored 50 touchdowns during the regular season. But the Steelers receiver had never scored in the post-season. He quickly made up for lost time on Sunday.

 

FAST START

Brown entered Sunday's game with 26 post-season catches for 396 yards, but zero touchdowns. Two of his first three receptions Sunday went for scores. His first catch was just a 7-yarder, but then he caught a short screen pass from Roethlisberger, got a block from tight end Jesse James and bolted 50 yards to the end zone. 

On Pittsburgh's second possession, Brown caught a short Roethlisberger pass over the middle and took it to the house for a 62-yard touchdown.

Brown became just the fourth player in NFL history, and the first since Randy Moss in 2001 with the Minnesota Vikings, to have two touchdown catches of at least 50 yards in a playoff game. Thanks to Brown's long runs, Roethlisberger, who had just five incompletions on 18 attempts, became the first quarterback ever with two touchdown passes of 50-plus yards in the first quarter of a playoff game. 

Bell, featuring in a playoff game for the first time in his four-year career, took over on Pittsburgh's third offensive series. While a 26-yard touchdown run was overturned, with Bell ruled down just shy of the goal line, he punched it in three plays later to give the Steelers a 20-3 lead early in the second quarter and the rout was on.

 

TOUGH DOLPHIN

About the only positive for the Dolphins (10-7) Sunday was that Matt Moore was not seriously injured after taking a vicious hit from Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree in the second quarter.

Moore surprisingly only missed one play and finished 29 of 36 for 289 yards with a touchdown, interception and two lost fumbles while getting sacked five times. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for 204 yards against the Steelers in a 30-15 win on October 16, was held to 33 yards on 16 carries.

 

WIN AND ADVANCE

The Steelers (12-5) advance to the AFC divisional round to play the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Pittsburgh's win means the Houston Texans, who beat the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, will play at New England next Saturday. Sunday's win helped the Steelers avenge their Week 6 loss in Miami. Pittsburgh rolled to a 43-14 win over the visiting Chiefs back in Week 4 and will try to prevent Kansas City (12-4) from getting vengeance on their home turf.