The Steelers were in must-win mode against a very good Giants team and did just that, dominating for much of the game. When it was over, Pittsburgh won, 24-14, though the score makes it seem closer than it was.
The Steelers move to 7-5 and remain tied with the AFC North-leading Ravens (Baltimore holds the tiebreaker), while the Giants drop to 8-4, which takes a little of the luster of next week's matchup against the 11-1 Cowboys. New York remains a wild-card team, though it's hard to take many positives from their performance in Pittsburgh. See the playoff standings here.
The good news: The defense was able to pressure Ben Roethilsberger at times, and rookie cornerback Eli Apple earned his first career interception, but the unit was also unable to stop the four-headed monster of Big Ben, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and newcomer, tight end Ladarius Green, who was signed in the offseason to replace retired Heath Miller.
The bad news: The Giants' offense is a mess, and that conversation starts with Eli Manning. Odell Beckham Jr. is his most dangerous weapon, which makes it easy for defenses to game plan against them. Stop Beckham and force Manning and the running game to beat you. The results, at least this season, has resulted in one of the league's most anemic offenses.
Against what is generally regarded as a suspect Steelers defense, Manning finished 24 of 39 for 195 yards, with 2 touchdowns (one came in garbage time) and 2 interceptions near the Steelers' goal line.
Roethlisberger, meanwhile, was an efficient 24 of 36 for 289 yards, with two touchdowns and a pick. Bell added 118 rushing yards, and 64 receiving yards as Pittsburgh is making their annual December run to the postseason.
Next up: Pittsburgh travels to Buffalo and New York travels to Dallas.