Steelers vs 49ers: 5 Things We Learned from Pittsburgh's 20-3 Loss

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Steelers vs 49ers: 5 Things We Learned from Pittsburgh's 20-3 Loss
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To borrow from the slang of today. This was an "epic fail" by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The offense couldn't move the ball. The defense couldn't stop the 49ers consistently. The Steelers reverted to their turnover-prone, leaky defending ways of Week 1.

And they lost. They deserved to lose the game. With so much on the line, the Steelers simply withered.

Hurt quarterback or no, this was a game they simply needed to win. Now, they'll almost certainly go on the road in the playoffs. They haven't been a very good road team either, with three of their four losses there.

Let's take a look at the lessons. I'll warn you now, it's not pretty at all.

I will make one comment on the officials right up front: You know it's a badly officiated game when the announcers analyze every penalty as a bad call.

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