Here's a look at the Steelers-Dolphins playoff matchup

"We are ready to go".

The Steelers are winners of seven in a row, bookended by victories over the Browns.

According to the Steelers media guide over their 84-season history, the Steelers have played six games in which the official temperature was lower than 20 degrees - four at home, including three at Heinz Field and three in the playoffs. The Dolphins are giving up an average of 23.8 points per game.

And what of Gase, the miracle-worker who has turned Miami around in his first year as a head coach, winning nine of the last 11 games. It's kind of like a whole new game for us, I would say.

And that's with a soft schedule.

Not many teams are hotter or healthier than the Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of seven straight and owners of a clean injury report for once.

"No need to sugarcoat", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after that game. Then, we get at them. "We have to remember it is about us, to get our stuff together before we worry about other people". I am excited for the matchup, I know they are excited because they love the challenge.

The Dolphins are entering the playoffs with a "nothing to lose" attitude. One prognostication gave them a 1-per cent chance to reach the Super Bowl. There are only so many teams playing. The trio of Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown is the most prolific three-headed monster in football and gives the Steelers a decisive advantage against a Dolphins defense that has surrendered 79 points and almost 900 yards of total offense the last two weeks. When he was asked about how the team can make that change, he responded, "I think it's very easy once you present (the players) with the evidence and why they have to..."

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That's some good company to keep.

The Dolphins' fate in Pittsburgh rests as heavily on Gase's shoulders as Ajayi's broad bows, but as he admits anything can happen in the postseason.

"Cold enough", said Haley, who kept alive what he said is a 15-year streak of wearing shorts to every practice.

Well, Primanti's knows that, telling one of their Twitter commenters, "We know".

The way the Steelers defense ended the season wasn't a ringing endorsement that they have a handle on stopping the run. Miami meanwhile is coming off a lopsided loss to the New England Patriots in the final week of the season. His late-season surge has been undoubtedly impressive, though it has come with help.

"As of right now, they're the standard in the league", Christensen said. We have had so many injuries in years past, it's hard to play your best football when you have guys down.

Look for Pittsburgh to load the box and focus its efforts on stopping Ajayi to force Moore to have to make more plays with his arm. Even if Maxwell plays, slowing down Roethlisberger, Brown, Bell, Eli Rogers and what appears to be a healthy group of tight ends appears to be a almost impossible challenge.


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