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Final Verdict: Things are starting to become uncomfortable in the Steel City, and it's not just because of the weather.
In a city where the fan base isn't accustomed to losing, Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins drops the Steelers to 5-8. A second straight year of missing the playoffs is all but assured now.
The Steelers actually held a 28-24 lead in the 4th quarter thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but that lead, and any chance the Steelers had of making the postseason, fell by the wayside late.
ESPN: Steelers (12-1)
CBS Sports: Steelers (6-2)
Fox Sports: Steelers (5-0)
USA Today: Steelers (5-2)
Bleacher Report: Steelers (9-3)
Overall: Steelers (37-8)
It's been a weird season for the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Dolphins started the season 3-0, but things were already headed south before the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito affair engulfed the team and decimated an already bad offensive line.
The Steelers lost their first four games of the season, and just when it seemed the team was back in the playoff hunt, Pittsburgh suffered a crushing Thanksgiving loss to the Baltimore Ravens that included a bizarre sideline scene with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with Jacoby Jones' kick return, and now Pittsburgh is officially in a spot where they cannot afford another loss.
Luckily for the Steelers, most of the experts, including Bleacher Report NFC West Lead Writer Tyson Langland, don't think the Steelers will lose:
As badly as I want to pick the Dolphins, I simply can’t. They have been awful on the road as of late and their linebacking play is atrocious. Yes, the Steelers are far from perfect, but they have won three of their last four and three in a row at Heinz Field.