The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business Sunday morning, defeating the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 30-12. The Steelers will travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round, while this means the Houston Texans will travel to face the New England Patriots.
The notable aspect of this game for San Francisco 49ers fans was Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. The Dolphins defense took it on the chin in two big ways. Wide receiver Antonio Brown had two touchdown catches in the first quarter, and running back Le’Veon Bell set a Steelers franchise record with 167 rushing yards (to go with two rushing touchdowns).
There will be some excuse to be made for Miami as injuries were a big issue. Safeties Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus were both lost for the year earlier in the season. They also were without cornerback Byron Maxwell. They can only make so many excuses, but it is still notable to some extent.
The 49ers requested permission last week to interview Joseph. They had to wait until this game wrapped before they could interview him. I don’t think this game would necessarily remove his interview opportunity, but I imagine he’ll get a question or two about it during any interviews.
ESPN reporter Josina Anderson tweeted on Sunday that Joseph did not plan on doing any interviews on Monday. The 49ers have Monday interviews scheduled with Washington OC Sean McVay and Panthers DC Sean McDermott. My guess is Joseph would want to wrap up the season on Monday before pursuing any potential interviews. The 49ers will meet with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane for their vacant GM position. My guess is they would potentially head down to Miami (or fly Joseph to New York) for a Wednesday interview, if it goes on as planned.