8-8 = Steelers out
PITTSBURGH — Forget the 0-4 start. Forget the remarkable finish, the one that kept the Steelers in the playoff picture until the final minutes of the regular season. There's no such thing as partial credit in the NFL.
"We were an 8-8 team," safety Troy Polamalu said.
One that will miss the playoffs for a second straight year despite a 6-2 second-half record.
Le'Veon Bell ran for 90 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers drubbed the lifeless Browns. But Pittsburgh's unlikely playoff bid ended when San Diego earned the AFC's sixth spot.
"We are going to build on this," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "I think we have put together a good foundation."