Pittsburgh was never seriously challenged by the 4-11 Texans in a game they led 10-0 after eight minutes and 20-0 at halftime. 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.
During the fourth quarter, second-string quarterback Landry Jones came into the game.
NOTES: Texans QB T.J. Yates cleared concussion protocol after being removed from the game late in the first half. He had a pair of turnovers in the loss. He was ruled out for Monday's game against the Texans with a "significant contusion" in his leg and is expected to sit out the regular season finale against the Browns.
They held a comfortable 34-6 lead late against the Texans, and chose to take out several of their key players.
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.
DeAndre Hopkins made arguably the catch of the year Monday. That rematch, however, would take place at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots have won nine straight playoff games.
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