the pittsburgh steelers, your afc north division champions.
man, that feels good.
the steelers showed up in prime time last night, even with a quarterback who had to keep running to the bathroom with a case of the browns, and beat the bungles for the second time this season, this time for all the divisional marbles. steelers 2, bengals 0.
but it wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. just as the kickoff was approaching, twitter starting going crazy with the news that ben wasn't out for warmups and that he had some sort of stomach bug, and all of the sudden you start to worry that ben won't be able to play. and then when he comes onto the field, he looks like, well, like a guy with the stomach flu who would struggle to get off the couch, let alone play professional football. but ben gutted it out (sorry), and played well enough to win, adding yet another chapter to the epic story that is ben's career with the steelers.
and the mvp of the game was antonio brown. yes, we had some great play from some backup defensive backs, but none of it matters if brown doesn't do what he did. the picture below is from his punt return for a touchdown after the bengals first series. antonio brown is ridiculous good, and has made all the difference in so many games for the steelers this year.
there is no doubt that this victory and subsequent division championship comes with a certain amount of anxiety, due to the left knee of le'veon bell, who suffered a hyperextension which could have been much worse. he never returned to the game, and it remains to be seen if he will even return to the field this year. the steelers did enough to win following the deflating injury (see antonio brown above), but you could tell that the injury hurt the steelers morale for a bit. here's hoping that he heals quickly.
so, congrats to the pittsburgh steelers, the afc north champions. now they get to host a playoff game this saturday night, against (who else?) the baltimore ravens. here we go steelers, here we go!