KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 16: T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers recovers a fumble and runs the ball for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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The Bolts won their last four games in 2020 and came into ’21 with high expectations. But it was an up-and-down year for the team once again. The defense was poor vs. the run and made life easier for opposing quarterbacks as well.
The Chargers were a so-so 5-4 at home but 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert did pick up where he left off. Relentless Joey Bosa was another bright spot for first-time NFL head coach Brandon Staley.
In 2020, the Steelers won their first 11 games and then collapsed down the stretch. This past year, the team got off to a 1-3 start and battled to stay above .500 all year. But Mike Tomlin’s team earned a wild card berth with a 9-7-1 record.
It proved to be quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s final season after 18 years with the franchise. The bright spots for the team were rookie running back Najee Harris and 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt.
Despite the fact that the team reached the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the Cardinals once again faded after a strong start. Kliff Kingsbury’s club was the last undefeated team in the league this season at 7-0.
But Arizona would drop seven of its final 11noutings, including the playoff loss to the Rams. Quarterback Kyle Murray came up big early but the offense slumped late. The defense also had its issues after getting out of the gates fast.