Gano field goal lifts Panthers over Patriots 33-30
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Graham Gano hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired, helping the Carolina Panthers stun the New England Patriots 33-30 on Sunday.
The winner served as redemption for Gano, who missed an extra point in the third quarter.
It was the second home loss this season for the usually unbeatable Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The defeat marked just the second time since 2012 that Tom Brady has lost two home starts within a season.
Steelers Preview Capsule
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-6)
New faces: CB Joe Haden, LB T.J. Watt, TE Vance McDonald, RB James Conner, WR Juju Smith-Schuster, CB Cam Sutton.
Key losses: LB Lawrence Timmons, RB DeAngelo Williams, TE Ladarius Green, WR Markus Wheaton, WR Sammie Coates, LB Jarvis Jones.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers veteran running back Jonathan Stewart isn't concerned about losing carries to Christian McCaffrey, the team's first round draft pick.
In Stewart's eyes, the more talent on the Carolina roster the better.
Le’Veon Bell was hurt heading into AFC championship game
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell was bothered by a groin injury even before he was forced to leave the AFC championship game in the second quarter of Pittsburgh's 36-17 loss to New England.
Bell had only six carries for 20 yards, and his absence was felt by an offense that sputtered near the goal line. DeAngelo Williams had a touchdown run for Pittsburgh, but the Steelers rushed for just 54 yards.
Bell knew during warmups he wasn't close to 100 percent.
Healthy Steelers eager for rematch with Dolphins
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The last two Januarys, the Pittsburgh Steelers walked into the stadium for a playoff game hoping there were enough warm bodies to go around.
Steelers without Tuitt, Coates and Green against Ravens
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without two of their best deep threats for their AFC North showdown with Baltimore.
The Steelers made wide receiver Sammie Coates and tight end Ladarius Green inactive due to injury. Coates left practice this week with a hamstring issue. Green remains in the concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit in last Sunday's win over Cincinnati. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt is also out with a sprained knee.
Luck, Geathers both inactive for Colts against Steelers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts deactivated quarterback Andrew Luck and safety Clayton Geathers for Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Both went into the concussion protocol after Sunday's victory over Tennessee and had not yet been cleared to play. Luck is expected to be replaced by backup Scott Tolzien, whose most recent NFL start came in 2013.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is still in the mix to return to the lineup Sunday in Baltimore.
The Steelers (4-3) listed Roethlisberger as questionable on Friday's injury report. Roethlisberger is less than three weeks removed from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He practiced in a limited capacity all week. Swelling has not been an issue and Roethlisberger said his biggest concerns are pain tolerance and the ability to protect himself in the pocket.
Roethlisberger questionable for Steelers as Ravens loom
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still in the mix to return to the lineup on Sunday in Baltimore.
Even without Roethisberger, Pats defense wary of Steelers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Defensive end Chris Long and his New England teammates know enough about the Pittsburgh offense to realize the Steelers can be potent even without Ben Roethisberger.
"One of the best, maybe the best wide receiver corps in the league, best 1-2 punch at running back in the league, good tight ends, best offensive line in the league, up there, ... a ton of weapons," Long said Thursday, as the Patriots prepared for Sunday's visit to Pittsburgh. "Really good offense."
Bell eager to get back to work as 3-game suspension ends
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell stood at his locker, his face covered in sweat and his eagerness to kickstart his stalled NFL career palpable.
His three-game suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy over, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is ready to get back to work, particularly after spending Sunday afternoon watching his teammates get clobbered across the state in Philadelphia.
Keystone Konfrontation: Unbeaten Steelers at unbeaten Eagles
Here come the unbeaten Steelers from Western Pennsylvania, crossing the Keystone State to meet the unbeaten Eagles.
They only play every four years, but how cool it is that each is 2-0 and looking strong when they meet Sunday?
Williams hardly acting his age for Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — DeAngelo Williams isn't obsessed with his numbers. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back isn't really keeping track of them anyway, though if he's being honest he's getting a little tired of his age coming up in nearly every conversation.
Steelers grind their way past Bengals 24-16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No chaos this time. No meltdowns either.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals stuck to football this time.
And Ben Roethlisberger's sharp second half gave the Steelers an early leg up in the race for the AFC North title by shaking off a pair of first-half interceptions to finish with 259 yards and three scores and Pittsburgh held on for a 24-16 win on Sunday.
ON FOOTBALL: No getting around importance of running game
They get downgraded in the draft and told their NFL lifespan rarely goes beyond their 30th birthdays.
In the pass-happy pro football world, running backs sometimes become afterthoughts. Then, guys like C.J. Anderson, DeAngelo Williams, Matt Forte and Carlos Hyde go wild on the field.
Steelers’ Williams defends 75-cent tip to pizzeria server
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is defending his 75-cent tip to a server at a Maryland pizzeria.
WUSA-TV reports (http://on.wusa9.com/2cI9uzD ) that Williams ate dinner Sunday night at Ledo Restaurant in College Park and left the small tip on his $128.25 bill.
Steelers will continue to ride with DeAngelo Williams
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Two more weeks without Le'Veon Bell doesn't sound so bad for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh's starting running back wasted no time tweeting "1-0" after the Steelers' 38-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. That came with Bell serving the first game of his three-game drug suspension and DeAngelo Williams filling in more than admirably like he did last season.
Steelers turn gambles into points in rout of Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Let the other NFL coaches take the safe, conservative route. Mike Tomlin prefers to be aggressive, and sometimes that means taking risks.
With the Steelers facing a fourth-and-1 at the Washington 29 on Monday night, Tomlin could have a) kicked a field goal; b) sent DeAngelo Williams into the line or c) call for a short pass.