The Pittsburgh Steelers closed their season with a win, hurting their draft pick while getting them to .500 on the season, leaving a confusing taste in the mouths of Steelers fans.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns in the 24-10 win, although the time to beat the Cleveland Browns was a month and a half ago, when they lost 20-14 with Roethlisberger unavailable. Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain realized the game wasn't going to be terribly important, as blogger Anthony DeFeo wrote after the team's "business-like" win:
When it was announced late in the week that Browns' starting quarterback Brandon Weeden and back-up Colt McCoy were both ruled out for the Week 17 game on Sunday, and Thaddeus Lewis would be making his first pro start against Pittsburgh, the first thing that popped into my head was "Really?"
That said, the site eventually got over the apathy surrounding the game to enjoy the win - with a caveat - in a postgame recap.
A win is a win, even if it's only against the lowly Browns, and meaningless for the playoffs.
Gotta love a good cliche early in the morning.
Blogger Neal Coolong praised Roethlisberger as well as Isaac Redman, who played well in a season where he was sometimes forced into a starting running back role. With the season over, Behind the Steel Curtain has already begun focusing on which players enter the free agency market this offseason.