‘Remember Seabiscuit? The Little Horse That Couldn’t Get It Done’
The horse was considered a long shot in the 1940s and 50s, but then he won three Triple Crown races. He became an American icon after his championship run and today his name is still used to describe what’s possible with hard work despite daunting odds.
The “Seabiscuit” is a true story about an underdog horse that was put down after it couldn’t win any races. The author of the book, Laura Hillenbrand, has written many other books including “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”
Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Steelers of 2021 are 6-5-1 and on the brink of clinching a postseason berth in the AFC. Most NFL commentators and fans could not have predicted this just a few weeks ago. Pittsburgh is now portraying “The Little Engine That Could,” or, as former Steelers great Terry Bradshaw puts it, the role of Seabiscuit, the 1938 American Horse of the Year winner.
With a win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers kept their postseason aspirations alive.
Week 13 brought out a lot of shovels from the pundits. After a presumptive defeat to AFC North foe Baltimore Ravens, they were ready to dump dirt on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 season.
Despite the fact that it wasn’t always attractive, the Steelers’ 20-19 triumph will be recorded as a win in the season’s final rankings.
Despite trailing from the second quarter until 1:48 remained on the clock, Ben Roethlisberger, T.J. Watt, and the Steelers kept the game tight the whole time. The defense unit in Pittsburgh was the most outstanding on the field. The new Steel Curtain, led by Watt’s career-high 3.5 sacks, knocked Lamar Jackson on his back seven times.
The Steelers also performed well on offense. On 21 carries, Najee Harris racked up 71 yards. Roethlisberger completed 21 of 31 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
When the chips were down in the fourth quarter, the most amazing drive of the day occurred. Big Ben spearheaded a six-minute, 21-second, 11-play scoring run from a 13-12 deficit. With 1:48 remaining in the game, the Steelers led 20-13.
As amazing as the drive was, it left Jackson with much too much time. He then went on to put together his own game-winning drive, covering 60 yards in 1:36.
Because the Ravens’ defensive backfield was in disarray due to injuries, John Harbaugh chose to go for two to win the game. However, Mark Andrews was unable to intercept Jackson’s ball, and the Steelers were victorious.
Despite the close calls, the game drove the Steelers to a 6-5-1 record and a spot in the playoffs, which is precisely what former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw warned the rest of the league about before to the game.
Terry Bradshaw predicts that his previous squad will make a splash in 2021.
(L-R) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw | Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images .
Terry Bradshaw, a four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, so he’s certain to have a soft spot for his hometown team.
However, his former club made him appear prescient this weekend when Bradshaw warned his FOX NFL Sunday co-hosts that the Black and Yellow should be afraid of them if they can make it down the stretch.
Bradshaw even likened the teams to one of sports’ most famous underdog stories:
Do you remember Seabiscuit? The small horse who was unable to complete the task. He was slammed by everyone. He’s a tad too small. He has no chance of winning. It reminds me of Pittsburgh. Consider the following scenario. They’ve given up on Ben [Roethlisberger]. They claim Ben is finished. Perhaps he is. That’s not something I’m going to say. Mike Tomlin, maybe he doesn’t have the team’s pulse. That’s not something I’m going to say. They have a 5-5-1 record. Now, they’ve given up 40 points in each of their previous two games, but let’s go back to 1989 and the legendary Steeler head coach Chuck Noll. But what happened, gentlemen, when his club also gave up back-to-back 40-point games? They progressed to the playoffs. Just a thought. It was spoken right here.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw
The Steelers were 4-6 with six games left in the 1989 season, according to Bradshaw.
Noll’s team, which was captained by QB Bubby Brister and included LBs Greg Lloyd and Hardy Nickerson, S Carnell Lake, and Hall of Fame DB Rod Woodson on defense, won five games in a row to finish the season.
They defeated the Houston Oilers in the playoffs before falling to John Elway’s Denver Broncos.
Could the Pittsburgh Steelers of 2021 replicate similar late-season magic?
Down the stretch, the Steelers have a simple schedule.
The Steelers had a difficult first half of the season. The Cincinnati Bengals (twice), Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and Los Angeles Chargers are the team’s five defeats.
Those Ls are nothing to be embarrassed of, but the Steelers’ Week 10 draw with the Detroit Lions, who are currently 1-10-1, is.
The Steelers’ playoff run begins this Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings, who are in desperate need of a win. After delivering the aforementioned Lions their first victory of the season in Week 13, the Vikings are currently 5-7.
The Tennessee Titans, who are set to be missing their three top offensive players — Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Julio Jones — in Week 15, will be substantially poorer than their 8-4 record suggests.
Finally, the Steelers will face three talented but flawed teams in the home stretch: the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens.
With two defeats to the current No. 7-seeded Bengals, the Steelers of 2021 may have to follow in the footsteps of the 1989 Steelers and go 4-1 in their last five games.
Terry Bradshaw may be correct if they accomplish it by defeating those teams. The Steel City may be the home of football’s equivalent of Seabiscuit.
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