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Steelers roll into 2nd round of NFL playoffs

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 9, 2017 4:15 AM
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs throw a tackle by Miami Dolphins free safety Bacarri Rambo (30) during the first half of an AFC Wild Card NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

(Pittsburgh) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers deserved to be in a celebratory mood following their 30-12 victory over Miami.

But there was some concern in the Steel City after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger  showed up at the postgame news conference wearing a walking boot.

Roethlisberger didn't have one of his better playoff games, but it didn't matter as Le'Veon Bell rushed for a team playoff-record 167 yards and two touchdowns. Bell's eight-yard scoring run put the Steelers ahead 30-6 late in the third quarter.

Antonio Brown had five receptions for 124 yards, most of it coming on touchdown grabs of 50 and 62 yards in the first quarter. Brown turned short passes into long TDs while the Steelers were scoring 20 points on their first three possessions.

Roethlisberger threw just 18 times the entire afternoon, completing 13 for 197 yards and a pair of interceptions. He tweaked the ankle while throwing an interception on Pittsburgh's penultimate drive. He sprinted off the field afterward and said he will be ready to go against the Chiefs.

The Steelers never allowed Matt Moore to get comfortable in the pocket. The Dolphins quarterback fumbled twice and threw an interception while completing 29 of 36 passes for 289 yards and a score. Moore's fumbles came in Pittsburgh territory with the game still in doubt.

Pittsburgh carries an eight-game winning streak to Kansas City, where they will battle the Chiefs next Sunday.

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