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Comeback puts Steelers in line for playoff berth

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 21, 2015 3:09 AM
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after making a catch and going out of bounds in the Denver Broncos bench area during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Steelers won 34-27. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

(Pittsburgh) -- Pittsburgh rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Denver 34-27 and put itself in position to earn a playoff berth.

The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's top defense.

"I made the statement before the game to the team that this is our last game at Heinz Field (in 2015). We know our fans bleed for us and we want to go out and give them a show and have fun doing it for our last game here," he said. "I think they got their money's worth." 

Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two scores as the Steelers moved into the AFC's second wild-card spot by dominating the Broncos defense.

The Steelers controlled the second half, finally taking the lead when Ryan Shazier intercepted Osweiler to set up a 23-yard dart from Roethlisberger to Brown with 3:34 to go.

Pittsburgh's defense made it stand up, twice stopping the Broncos over the final minutes.

Denver's Brock Osweiler threw for 296 yards with three touchdowns passing and another on the ground but struggled in the second half as the Broncos (10-4) lost their second straight and failed to lock up the AFC West title.
 

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