STEELERS ON 11: Steelers clinch first-round bye with win against Texans

STEELERS ON 11: Steelers clinch first-round bye with win against Texans

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a first-round National Football League playoff bye Monday by routing the Houston Texans 34-6. They are already without wide receiver Antonio Brown for at least the rest of the regular season with a calf injury, and the rest of linebacker Ryan Shazier's career is in question after suffering a spinal injury.

Bell finished with 14 carries for 69 yards and Smith-Schuster had six receptions for 75 yards.

Taylor Heinicke of the Houston Texans. The Steelers won 34-6.

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One player the Steelers may have left in the game too long, however, is rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Yates left the game for a drive to start the second half as he was in concussion protocol, but returned to throw for 7 yards and a touchdown.

Roosevelt Nix scored on a one-yard run to cap an 11-play, 80-yard march that put Pittsburgh ahead 17-0 and Boswell added a 36-yard field goal to lift the Steelers ahead 20-0 at halftime.

The Steelers hurried and harassed Yates all day with Mike Hilton leading the way with three sacks and three quarterback hits, Cameron Heyward adding two and forcing a fumble.

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