SEATTLE – When the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 30-23 on Sunday, Najee Harris rushed for a season-high 122 yards and forced his way into the end zone for a pair of touchdowns.
This victory allowed the Steelers to keep their playoff chances alive into Week 18 of the championship season.
By employing a relentless running approach that saw no opposition from Seattle, the Steelers (9-7) were able to force their way into the last week of the regular season with a chance at the postseason. This insured that Mike Tomlin’s club would once again avoid a losing record.
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As of this season, Harris had not yet reached the century mark in terms of rushing yards; the closest he had been was against Cincinnati, when he ran for 99 yards. On the other hand, he and Jaylen Warren worked together to deliver a running punch that Seattle had a difficulty stopping.
Once again reaching the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 17 of the previous season, when he was playing against Baltimore, Harris averaged 4.5 yards per run that he carried.
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Another 75 yards were gained by Warren on the ground, and he scored a touchdown on a run of 18 yards during the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Harris broke multiple tackles on his way to the goal line, which allowed him to score a touchdown on a 9-yard run. He then made one last lunge to break the plane and score the touchdown.
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During the third quarter, Harris scored a touchdown on a run of four yards, and his linemen provided a significant aid by pushing the pile into the end zone. This accomplishment gave the Steelers a lead of 24-17.
The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the game with 202 yards rushing and a season-high 468 total yards, despite the fact that Seattle’s run defense had been terrible for more than half of the season. The Seahawks were defeated by Pittsburgh, which was the sixth consecutive opponent to rush for at least 135 yards against them.
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Mason Rudolph, the quarterback, completed 18 of 24 passes for 274 yards and made big throws when they were needed. One of the most crucial of them was a completion to George Pickens for 34 yards on third-and-6 which occurred early in the fourth quarter.
Pickens made a fantastic diving finger-tip catch, which made it possible for Chris Boswell to kick a field goal from 26 yards out, giving the Steelers a 27-20 lead with 7 minutes and 7 seconds remaining.
Additionally, Rudolph connected with Pickens for a completion of 24 yards with two minutes remaining and Seattle in desperate need of a stop. Pickens managed seven receptions for 131 yards in total.
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The Seahawks (8-8) had their two-game win streak ended, and although they were not eliminated from the postseason, they will need a victory and a lot of help in Week 18 in order to reach their goal of making the playoffs.
Within the first half, Geno Smith completed passes for 290 yards and a touchdown pass of 12 yards to Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The Seahawks settled for three field goals in the second half, and Smith had one significant turnover.
Kenneth Walker III added 53 yards rushing and a touchdown of 13 yards in the first half, but the Seahawks settled for field goals.
With seven minutes remaining, Nick Herbig forced and recovered a fumble, which resulted in Smith being sacked. This gave the Steelers control at the Seattle 16-yard line, and Boswell’s field goal from 21 yards out with 4 minutes and 31 seconds left brought the Pittsburgh lead to 30-20.