STEELERS SPANK THE DOLPHINS 30-12 — CHIEFS ARE NEXT UP!

By Jack Ryan

Le’Veon Bell and the versatile Pittsburgh Steelers ran the Miami Dolphins into the ground yesterday for a 30-12 rout in the AFC wild card game..

With 167 yards on 29 carries, including two touchdowns, Bell broke the single-game franchise postseason rushing mark by Franco Harris that stood for nearly 42 years. Harris rushed for 158 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX in 1975.

Bell, sidelined by injuries during the playoffs following his first two seasons, waited a long time for the chance to make a mark on the postseason. He hardly wasted the opportunity after Antonio Brown provided the Steelers with a two-touchdown lead within the first nine minutes of the game – on catch-and-run TD jaunts of 50 and 62 yards – to allow Pittsburgh to spend the rest of the afternoon at Heinz Field squashing Miami’s attempts to make a game of it.

Pittsburgh avenged a 30-15 Week 6 loss at Miami to set up another rematch in the AFC divisional playoffs at Kansas City next Sunday. The Steelers hammered the Chiefs 43-14 in Week 4.

In blasting Miami, the Steelers put the clamps on running back Jay Ajayi to go with a timely barrage of big plays. Ajayi, who stung Pittsburgh for 204 rushing yards in October, managed just 33 yards on 16 carries on Sunday against an active, fast, sure-tackling defense. The big plays came with Miami drives thwarted by two Matt Moore fumbles on sacks deep inside Steelers territory.

Bell, meanwhile was the steadying force for an offense that effectively chewed the clock while its running back moved the chains … and set a new standard for the record book.

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