Green gets it done: When the Steelers signed tight end Ladarius Green as a free agent in the offseason, they did so with days like today in mind.
Green had six receptions for 110 yards and a 20-yard touchdown. Green also had a big 37-yard grab over the middle.
"I thought he played great today with still a little work that we need together, and he knows that," said Ben Roethlisberger. "He wants to be great, and you know, we left a little bit out there today, but I can't say enough for the way he played and stepped up, and I hate that I missed him on that last one. We had an opportunity and I just put a little too much air on it."
Green has been seeing more playing time each week after coming back from an ankle injury that had him sidelined until Nov. 12, when he was activated from the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
"I'll keep saying the same things every week," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "We'll keep giving him more snaps and you saw what he was able to do with more tonight. I appreciate his efforts. Not only tonight, but throughout the process. Having your health is one thing, being football ready is another, like we've repeatedly been talking about. He's getting up to speed. He's finding a comfortable seat on a moving train. And we need him to."
Special delivery: Randy Bullock went from a kicker with no team, to hitting three field goals in the Steelers 24-14 win over the New York Giants. Bullock was signed on Saturday after Chris Boswell suffered an abdominal injury on Friday during post-practice drills. Bullock hit on all three of his field goal attempts, from 34, 38 and 44 yards out.
"When you talk about special teams, you got to highlight the efforts of Randy Bullock to come in here under those circumstances and deliver the quality play that he gave us tonight," said Tomlin. "We're just really appreciative."
Tomlin didn't wasn't sure if Boswell would be out longer than one game, as the focus was on getting a healthy kicker in for today's game.
"We really hadn't had a great deal of time to evaluate that it happened after practice on Friday," said Tomlin. "We were doing some clean up, game prep things that we normally do regularly scheduled on Fridays. So I hadn't had a lot of time to analyze it. Really just been working our tails off in terms of identifying Randy and getting him up to speed. And getting him to Pittsburgh. So we'll see where we are with some of those things tomorrow."
Bell keeps ringing: Just call him the Energizer Bunny because Le'Veon Bell never slows down, never stops. Bell was once again a workhorse for the offense, carrying the ball 29 times for 118 yards and catching six passes for 64 yards. Bell finished with 182 yards from scrimmage.
"He is one of the best in the business, so we knew he needs to get his touches, and you know, we called some no-huddle, I called some plays for him and toward the end of the games especially, we are grinding it on them and those are big carries for him," said Roethlisberger.
It's Bell's third straight 100-yard rushing game, becoming the first Steelers' running back with such a streak since Willie Parker did so in 2006-07 (four game streak). Bell also has four straight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, and has done so in eight of the nine games he has played in this season.
Bell currently ranks 10th overall in yards from scrimmage in Steelers' history (5,422), passing Dick Hoak who had (5,417).
They said it:Sean Davis on reacting and not thinking: "he game is starting to slow down. I've got my confidence up."
Le'Veon Bell on if it felt like he was running downhill in the fourth quarter: "You have to give a lot of credit to the guys up front. We were going against a good group up front. Their defensive line is really good (and) big. You have to give credit to our line. They kept churning and wearing them out over the course of the game. I just wanted to make sure that I kept running hard. Then, in the fourth quarter, holes got a little bigger. I started running through a couple of tackles, and starting breaking some big runs."
Stephon Tuitt on if he was in coverage against Odell Beckham Jr. in the first half: "Artie (Burns) and I, we've got a system going. And we are continuing to work that system. Artie is playing well. Sean Davis is playing well. We are going to need those rookies to continue to play like veterans for us."
Game action from Week 13 against the New York Giants on December 4, 2016