Not that Bears fans needed any more salt in their wounds, but it’s worth noting that nine years earlier they drafted Boise State out of linebacker Shia McLellan instead of Jones, who would later go to New England. There were two picks for the Patriots. McClellan’s NFL career came to an end in 2016.
Unlike the Cardinals’ management of their roster, especially the Bears, the driver’s seat in Arizona is going into the final stages of the regular season.
The Steelers are not dead yet.
Props to coach John Harbaugh for giving his Baltimore Ravens (8-4) a chance to win for a 2-point conversion in the final game of Sunday’s game. Down, 20–19, at the end of a pulsating affair, the play call was perfect, but Lamar Jackson missed tight end Mark Andrews on an out-route, and the Pittsburgh Steelers got an emotional victory.
Surprise, surprise – the Steelers are still in the hunt for the playoffs, with the win putting them in a fighting position for a wild-card spot. Perhaps no team in the NFL has mentioned how wacky this season has been like Pittsburgh. Its flatline moments have been pretty bad—an overtime tie with the Detroit Lions in November, for one; An embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Bengals a week ago – that Ben Roethlisberger era appears to be coming to an end: now 39, he told former teammates last week that it would be his final season.
The Steelers entered Sunday with a two-game loss and with their hobbled quarterback looking his age. Two former team players, Ryan Clarke and Ryan Shazier, had publicly slammed the current team and strangely enough, coach Mike Tomlin agreed with their assessment.
None of this counted against Baltimore. With a fourth quarter of 17 points, Pittsburgh upset the AFC north-leading Ravens. And at 6-5-1, the Steelers are pinning on the heels of the Denver Broncos for that final playoff spot.
Steelers receiver Dionte Johnson played, bouncing back from a dropped touchdown earlier in the game, finishing with eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. His second score, third with 1:48 and a 5-yard catch on goal, proved to be the game-winner.