NFL playoffs preview: Miami @ Pittsburgh

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Sunday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins faces the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. The game will be on CBS at 1:05 pm EST.

The Dolphins are 10-6 this season and the Steelers are 11-5. Miami is 4-4 on the road and Pittsburgh is 6-2 at home.

Antonio Brown (Getty Images)

Antonio Brown (Getty Images)

According to Consensus Analysis, the Dolphins have a 53% chance to win the game.

This is a rematch from the Oct. 16, 2016 game, which the Dolphins won 30-15 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.

The Dolphins had Ryan Tannehill as their signal-caller in the Oct. game, and he had 252 passing yards in the game. However, in this game, while Tannehill has practiced, he may not be the starter as he’s been injured the past several weeks.

Matt Moore, Tannehill’s back-up, could start for the fourth-straight week. The former starter in the National Football League is 15-13 all-time – but is 2-1 as the starter with the Dolphins this season.

The Dolphins have won their last two games against the Steelers, including a 34-28 win at Heinz Field on Dec. 8, 2013.

Pittsburgh has not won in this series since Jan. 3, 2010 when they won 30-24 in Miami.

In the past 10 games between these two teams, Pittsburgh has won six times. Besides the past two wins by the Dolphins, they also won 21-0 on Sept. 20, 1998 and 23-10 on Sept. 18, 1995.

The Dolphins are 20-20 all-time in the playoffs. They; however, are 6-5 in the previous 11 Wild Card Round games.

They have lost their last two Wild Card Round games, both against the Baltimore Ravens. They have not won a Wild Card Round since they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 23-17 in overtime on Dec. 30, 2000.

They last lost a playoff game in the Wild Card Round when they lost 27-9 to the Ravens on Jan. 4, 2009.

The Steelers are 34-23 in the playoffs. They are 5-5 in their previous 10 Wild Card Round games.

They defeated their rival, the Cincinnati Bengals, 18-16, in the Wild Card Round in Cincinnati, Ohio on Jan. 9, 2016.

They have not lost a playoff game since Jan. 17, 2016 when they lost 23-16 to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round.

Miami lost their regular season finale, as they lost 35-14 to the New England Patriots on Jan. 1. They have not won a game since Dec. 24, 2016 when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-31.

Pittsburgh has won seven straight games. They have not lost a game since they were defeated 35-30 by the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 13, 2016.

Tannehill leads the Dolphins attack with 2,995 passing yards. He has 19 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.

Jay Ajayi has 1,272 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Jarvis Landry has 1,136 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers attack with 3,819 passing yards. He has 29 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

Le’Veon Bell has 1,268 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Antonio Brown has 1,284 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

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