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    • Sun, Jan 22, 10:20pm

      Goodwin finished the 2016 season with career highs across the board in catches (29), targets (68), yards (431), and touchdown catches (three, tied with his 2013 rookie season).

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      Analysis: Goodwin almost didn't make the team after he spent much of the year trying to make the U.S. Olympic track and field squad, yet he surprisingly ended up leading all Buffalo wideouts in snap counts with 634. That shows just how banged up the receiving corps was all season, as the speedster is more of a No. 3 or No. 4 wideout at best. He's set to hit free agency in March, so we'll see if the Bills and the new coaching staff make a pitch to bring him back.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:45pm

      Heyward-Bey (illness) failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game loss to the Patriots.

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      Analysis: The veteran speedster was targeted deep on the two passes he saw -- including one in the end zone -- but Ben Roethlisberger misfired on both occasions. In relatively desperate need of offense after Le'Veon Bell exited early with a groin injury and with Tom Brady and his receivers hitting on all cylinders, the Steelers still curiously opted to primarily rely on the young and inexperienced trio of Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton and Sammie Coates alongside Antonio Brown as the principal wideout options. Heyward-Bey appeared to only receive a handful of snaps despite his play-making ability, a somewhat fitting end to a disappointing 2016 campaign. The former first-round pick tallied the second-lowest reception (six) and yardage (114) totals of his career while appearing in a career-low 10 games. Although he has two seasons remaining on his current contract at a modest yearly cap hit of approximately $1.3 million, Heyward-Bey's status for next season likely hinges on the continued development of Rogers, Hamilton, Coates and DeMarcus Ayers, as well as the potential return of Martavis Bryant (suspension).

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:33pm

      Brown secured seven of nine targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game loss to the Patriots.

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      Analysis: The Patriots followed their proven method of focusing on limiting the opponent's No. 1 receiving threat, a task that became even easier when Le'Veon Bell was lost to a groin injury after only six carries. Brown was able to shake loose for some receptions in the short-to-intermediate passing game, but his game-long catch was a modest 18 yards. The sixth-year pro was actually second in targets to Eli Rogers on the night and shared the team lead in receptions with him and DeAngelo Williams. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Brown posted a fourth consecutive 100-reception campaign, while also notching the second-highest amount of touchdowns (12) in his career.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:27pm

      Roethlisberger completed 31 of 47 passes for 314 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game loss to the Patriots.

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      Analysis: Roethlisberger acquitted himself well considering he only had Le'Veon Bell (groin) on the field for one play after the first quarter, and the fact the Patriots unsurprisingly focused on limiting Antonio Brown as much as possible. Big Ben was also victimized by drops on the part of first-year wideouts Cobi Hamilton and Sammie Coates, including one by the former on a sure touchdown late in the first half. One of the more encouraging aspects of the last two games of the Steelers' postseason was Roethlisberger's burgeoning rapport with TE Jesse James, who he connected with another five times Sunday, and 10 times overall in the last two weeks. Roethlisberger finishes his 13th season with 3,819 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions over 14 games, and could potentially be in for a bigger campaign in 2017 with the possible return of Martavis Bryant (suspension) and having Bell active for all 16 games.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:18pm

      Williams ran for 34 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the Steelers' 36-17 AFC championship game loss to the Patriots on Sunday. He also caught all seve of his targets for 51 yards.

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      Analysis: The combination of losing Le'Veon Bell (groin) and trailing early forced Pittsburgh to become one-dimensional on offense. As a result, Williams was more of a factor in the passing game. Injuries and suspensions to Bell have required the Steelers to call upon Williams often during his tenure with the team. He'll turn 34 before next season, but the unrestricted free agent may seek a starting role elsewhere in 2017.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:17pm

      Hamilton caught two of five targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 36-17 AFC championship loss to New England.

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      Analysis: Hamilton's score came in the final minutes, with the outcome of the game already decided. He had another touchdown called back earlier for an illegal touch penalty after stepping out of the end zone before making the catch.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:17pm

      Timmons recorded a team-leading 14 tackles (nine solo) in the Steelers' 36-17 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

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      Analysis: After dominating opponents the past nine games, Pittsburgh's defense looked inept against Tom Brady, who led New England to four touchdowns and 411 yards of offense without a turnover. If the Steelers hope to overtake the Patriots next season, re-signing Timmons, who is an unrestricted free agent, will be a priority.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 9:16pm

      James caught five passes (seven targets) for 48 yards in Pittsburgh's 36-17 AFC championship loss to New England.

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      Analysis: Despite the Steelers trailing throughout the game, all but one of James' receptions came before halftime, including what appeared to be a 19-yard touchdown that, upon review, was ruled down by contact at the one-yard line. The Steelers ultimately settled for a Chris Boswell field goal, and didn't reached the end zone again until the final minutes of the game.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 7:24pm

      Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, and caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 36-17 AFC Championship win over the Steelers.

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      Analysis: Blount was a much bigger part of the game plan after playing second fiddle to Dion Lewis with only eight touches against the Texans last week. The 30-year-old veteran scored his team's lone rushing touchdown from one yard out in the third quarter for his 19th rushing score in 18 games. Finding running room in the Super Bowl won't be easy against a Falcons defense that hasn't allowed more than 34 yards on the ground to any non-quarterback this postseason.

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    • Sun, Jan 22, 7:10pm

      Hogan (thigh) caught nine of 12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC championship game.

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      Analysis: Hogan had seven catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns by halftime, showing no limitations after exiting last week's win over the Texans in the third quarter. He's one of many weapons available to the versatile Patriots offense, so it's fair to expect a less prominent role for the 28-year-old wide receiver in the Super Bowl against a Falcons secondary that ranked 11th in yards allowed per passing attempt this season.

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