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Three takeaways from Steelers' win over Texans

26 December 2017

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.

The Texans needed a touchdown to keep pace with the Steelers early in their Christmas Day showdown.

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Hilton and Heyward combined for five sacks of Houston quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Taylor Heinicke as the Steelers (12-3) limited the Texans (4-11) to 51 net passing yards. More importantly, however, it will be our first look at the Steelers offense this season without star wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is not expected to be healthy until the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

In the fourth quarter of the Texans' matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, DeAndre Hopkins corraled his 13th touchdown catch of the season with a mindboggling grab. Taylor Heinicke made his National Football League debut and played two series before Yates returned early in the third quarter.

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Houston squandered back-to-back plays from inside the Steelers 1-yard line, forcing the ball into Yates' hands instead of a more conservative handoff call. Yates six times and Yates was knocked out of the game briefly for a concussion evaluation. Steelers CB Mike Hilton became the third defensive back in franchise history with at least three sacks in a game, joining Troy Polamalu (Sept. 18, 2005) and Carnell Lake (Nov. 30, 1997).

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Three takeaways from Steelers' win over Texans