The Steelers came back with their final score on a 5-play, 79-yard drive that took 3:04 to move the final score to 34-6. Pittsburgh moves to 12-3 on the year while Houston drops to a dismal 4-11. It seems certain that at least some of the assistant coaches will be fired after the final Houston game in Indianapolis this Sunday, but most pundits believe Bill O’Brien will survive and that owner Bob McNair will give him another year due to all the injuries the team has had this season. In reality though, O’Brien should get the hook, and hopefully, that will be the case. The word is that the New York Giants have a major interest in hiring O’Brien as their new head coach if he becomes available. There are also rumors that the Arizona Cardinals, who are expected to fire Bruce Arians and the Indianapolis Colts, who are expected to fire Chuck Pagano, are interested in him as well. The greatest majority of Houston fans would love to see him gone after next week.
Pittsburgh got on the scoreboard with 10:40 left in the first quarter on their first drive of the game when Chris Boswell hit a 34-yard field goal at the end of an 8-play, 59-yard drive that took 4:20, giving the visiting Steelers a 3-0 lead.
They added to the lead when Roethlisberger connected with Justin Hunger with 6:59 left in the opening frame at the conclusion of a drive that was 6 plays, 54 years and took 2:04. Boswell added the PAT, and Pitt led 10-0.
The Texans appeared to be about to make a game of it with 10:21 left in the half, but Tom Savage threw an interception to Artie Burns on a fourth-and-goal play to end the threat.
Pittsburgh added another TD when Roosevelt Nix ran into the end zone from the 1 with 4:14 left in the first half. Boswell added the extra point and the Steelers had a blowout in the making at 17-0. The drive was 11 plays, 80 yards and consumed 6:07.
With just 53 seconds left in the half, Boswell capped off a 6-play, 10-yard drive that took 1:52 with a 36-yard field goal, leaving the score at 20-0 at the half.
The Steelers added another TD with 1:48 left in the third quarter when Le’Veon Bell got into the end zone on a 10-yard run on a play that took 3:55 off the clock and consisted of 42 yards in 7 plays. Boswell was once again true on the PAT kick, and the lowly Texans trailed 27-0.
Then the Texans got their only score of the game, followed by the final Pittsburgh score of the game, leading up to the 34-6 rout by the visitors.
As has been the case all year long, Bill O’Brien had no explanation of why his team was never in the game. He gave the same ridiculous answers he gives after each loss:
“Yeah, just not a good day. Not much to say. Not a good day.” Come on Bill, those do not sound like words from an NFL head coach. SURELY you can do better than that!
It was brought up the Texans had just lost their fifth straight game. And what intelligent response did wild Bill have? “No kidding.” Come on man, grow a set!!
And finally, he was asked how tough it was for him and the team now. “It’s brutal. Not good. (It’s) been a tough year.” Bob McNair, it is time for a change NOW. Come on man, grow a set and pull the plug! Houston fans deserve more after the terrible fate they suffered earlier this year with Hurricane Harvey. Don’t let Hurricane Bill hang around any longer. Give your fans a reason to continue to support your team. Just fire the man!
Have you ever wondered what the difference between a losing coach’s comments and a winning coach’s comments sound like. Check out the opening comments from Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. “I want to start by saying ‘Merry Christmas.’ We view it as an honor to have an opportunity to play this game in front of our nation on a day like today. Thankfully, we were able to get the job done. A lot of good effort. We’ve got to compliment Steeler Nation. We really felt their support in a road environment today. A significant day for us—our last regular season road game, finishing 7-1, getting our 12th win, securing a ticket to the second round (a first round bye)—all very positive things, but it’s just the culmination of being singularly focused on the next opportunity. With all those things being said, we are going to get singularly focused on our opportunity next week. AFC North football to finish it off versus the Cleveland Browns, and then go from there. That will be our mentality. A lot of good effort. Nothing significant from an injury standpoint to mention. Really appreciate the efforts of the men. We were able to get some guys back that helped us in a significant way—guys like Joe Haden and Marcus Gilbert. For that, we’re thankful.”
It is very simple when comparing the two pressers what a winner looks and sounds like compared to what a loser looks and sounds like.
Mercifully for their fans, Houston closes out a season to forget next Sunday against another team that almost certainly WILL make a change at head coach before next season, and you can bet the Colts ownership will do what needs to be done there. Maybe a similar miracle will happen in Houston. Texans fans certainly hope so, and they deserve for it to happen!