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No Words: Steelers Fall Flat in Divisional Playoff Loss to Jaguars 45-42 to End Another Failed Season

To say the Steelers would lose to the Jaguars at home in a Divisional Playoff game isn’t as far fetched as how it took place on Sunday – a game in which the Steelers scored 42 points – yet at the end looked confused and inept in what has to be one of the worst losses in team history – 45-42 to end the teams’ season.

There’s so much blame in this disgusting loss to go around, it’s hard to figure out where to begin. From a defense that gave up three touchdowns before the Steelers crossed the goal line, to a coaching staff that put the team in position for two awful 4th down calls, and NOT kicking it deep after the Steelers closed it to 42-35 with 2:18 left.

They let Leonard Fournette again run all over them for over 100 yards, and they made Blake Bortles at times look like Joe Montana with clutch throws on third downs to keep drives alive.

A 13-win season wasted – it’s still hard to believe – but for now, here’s some immediate thoughts on the Steelers latest playoff collapse, one that will hurt for a very long time.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Dan

    January 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I’m a life long fan. This team is unwatchable as long as Tomlin, Haley, and Butler are on the payroll. If any of those three are still coaching this team, then shame on the ownership. This talented group of athletes has been coached into mediocrity. Shame, Shame, Shame.

    • BB

      January 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Dan…they all need to be fired, but you know the shame of the Rooney family to a fault. They keep head coaches forever and this does not bode well for this day and age where you need new visions. Kevin Colbert has done a great job getting talent, but the coaching staff has not lived up to the expectations of this talented team.

  2. Rocky Falleti

    January 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    After blowing several years of failing to win the big one we failed again. Its about time The Rooney’s take a good hard look at our coaches. With the talent on this team the last 5 years the necessary steps to correct it has not been addressed by our coaches. We lose games we should win during the season, win the rest then lose the ones that can count in the end. This is a recurring problem with these coaches and has wasted the best years of our talented team.  This team is only short a few defensive players short of being a powerhouse. I know we have had a few good seasons win wise but the grand prize has eluded us because of our defense. The Offense is the best in The NFL but the defense is laughable. We make average QBs look like Gods picking us apart. A NFL franchise noted for defense is now the laughing stock of the league. Where were our safeties and linebackers this year? Where is the discipline? If we cannot draft what we need then go free agency to get them. Tomlin is accepting mediocrity with his coaches and players. Don’t be a player coach, be a team coach and demand we get what we need! If we want to be the best, then get it anyway possible. Offensive and defensive coaches have got to go and Tomlin needs to be a Drill Sargent  instead of a buddy. Joe Hayden was an improvement but not enough. Mitchell has got to go, he can’t stop the deep passes and takes bad angles on the run. Where was Dupree? I feel a good safety a inside linebacker and a nose tackle would make this team unbeatable. Mr. Rooney this is not fair to the fans and the entire city to let this go and not address it. Just not my opinion but the opinion of all Steeler fans.

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