4 quick takeaways from Texans' miserable loss to Steelers

Dec 10 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrates a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

If Pittsburgh can secure one of the top two seeds in the AFC, the team will lock up a bye during the wild-card round and get an extra week of rest before beginning its playoff run.

It was a complete win for the Steelers (12-3), who got big games from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, cornerback Mike Hilton and defensive end Cam Heyward.

Pittsburgh was never seriously challenged by the 4-11 Texans in a game they led 10-0 after eight minutes and 20-0 at halftime.

Harrison shared an Instagram post of his son's new rifles they got for Christmas - Harrison's family opened gifts early because he expected to be in Houston on Monday playing the Texans. With two sacks, Steelers DE Cameron Heyward increased his season total to 12, the most by a Pittsburgh player since Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley recorded 13.5 sacks in 2009. Heyward sacked Yates three plays later and caused a fumble recovered by Bud Dupree to give the Steelers the ball right back.

While the touchdown made no difference in terms of the eventual outcome of the game, Hopkins' miraculous catch was just another reminder he is one of the most talented wide receivers in the league. Houston placed Savage on injured reserve on Saturday.

However, Heinicke's National Football League debut did not last long.

Heinicke finished that possession and remained in the game for the first drive of the third quarter while Yates was being evaluated.

Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates cleared concussion protocol a couple minutes after the second half started.



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