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Postgame Takes

Tomlin appreciates the all-around effort

All-out effort: It was a game the Steelers needed, and it was one where they needed all 60 minutes to secure the win.

The Steelers broke their three-game losing streak with a 27-19 win over the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field, the game ending on an interception by James Pierre in the end zone with just 11 seconds left on the clock.

"I'm appreciative of all the effort in all three phases to produce it," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "It was not without its challenges, but that's what we expect on this Sunday level of football. But we needed this one today. It was a big one and the guys responded in a big way from start to finish.

"I just like the way we came out of the locker room and just continued to fight and complement one another. The offense got started fast. We needed that. The defense supported the offense when we turned the ball over and got a stop and made them settle for a field goal. We needed that. We hadn't done that. We were able to finish strong at the end. Offensively drive the length of the field, kick a field goal. On defense get stout there with our backs up against it. It's a lot to build upon hopefully as we move forward, but not looking big picture at all just what we were able to do today. I'm appreciative of that."

On the run: The Steelers ground game got rolling against the Broncos with Najee Harris rushing for 122 yards on 23 carries, a 5.3-yard average, and his first 100-yard game of his young career.

"He's getting better every week, but I think that's a reasonable expectation," said Tomlin. "We're talking about a guy who has some talent, but who is getting acclimated to the professional game. The learning experience is what it is. He's a sharp guy and he's learning quickly. So, it's reasonable to expect him to continue to put together increasingly better performances, particularly in the short term."

Short memory: If it's been said once, it's been said 1,000 times. A cornerback in the NFL has to have a short memory.

And for James Pierre, the lasting memory will be the end of the Steelers-Broncos game.

Pierre came through with a game-sealing interception in the end zine with 11 seconds to play after having some ups and downs in the game, including having the Broncos come after him multiple times.

"Just young guys. He stayed in the fight," said Tomlin. "Young guys, they are going to come after you. They're going to get some plays. You're going to have to make some plays. It's an education of a corner in the National Football League.

"I appreciate his mentality. He was tough-minded about it and stayed in the fight. I appreciate some of the veteran leadership that he has and support that he has. A guy like Joe Haden talking you through those moments and helping you through a football game is significant. I just can't say enough about Joe's efforts in terms of nurturing him and helping him grow in those ways as well."

Pierre also had a huge play when he tracked down Javonte Williams at the one-yard line following a 49-yard run. The defense ended up stopping the Broncos, holding them to a field goal instead of what could have been a touchdown.

"Big time," said Tomlin. "Big-time hustle play."

Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field

Injury Update: "Had a couple of injuries. Devin Bush had a groin. JuJu Smith-Schuster has a shoulder injury. He's being evaluated at the hospital. A couple guys cramping and so forth, Najee. Just the regular bumps and bruises associated with play." – Coach Mike Tomlin

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