I really enjoy being the head coach here, O’Brien said. I think we have the makings of a good football team with the core players that we have here. I really think there’s a bright future for this organization, no doubt about it.
Steelers fans might remember 2008, when they played a meaningless final game against the Browns. The team was favored to reach the Super Bowl that season, but used Roethlisberger in the final game with the idea of keeping him sharp. Instead, he was hit hard by two Browns defenders and didn’t get off the ground for 15 minutes.
He was able to play when the Chargers came to town 15 days later, but the Steelers didn’t mount a scoring drive until the final possession of the first half. It didn’t seem playing that empty game against Cleveland did much to keep the offense in rhythm, and it almost cost Roethlisberger the chance to compete in the playoffs.
Assistant coach John Anderson took control for the remainder of the game, and the team said afterward that Boudreau was OK.
In the other AFC wild-card game, the Chiefs are 7.5-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans.
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