NFL’s greatest games
of this century


The Steelers, Patriots and Colts have authored some of the NFL’s most unforgettable moments in the early years of this century (continue reading) ...




Greatest stat in football? The 1970s Steelers win total-yardage battle in 15 straight playoff games


Even the losses were glorious, in their own depressing way.

Everyone talks about the 4 Super Bowls of the Steel Curtain, but nobody talks about a possibly greater accomplishment: Outgaining opponents in 15 consecutive playoff games.

It began in the Dec. 22, 1974, AFC Divisional Playoffs (continue reading) ...



  

1979 AFC Championship:
How NBC tarnished one of the
Steel Curtain’s finest hours


Sometimes, the drama of one-sided playoff football games is so minimal that announcers feel compelled to invent their own.

Such was the case in the 1979 AFC Championship Game (played Jan. 6, 1980), when all 4 broadcasters from the NBC crew — Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, Mike Adamle and Bryant Gumbel — permanently marred a glorious victory and signature moment of perhaps history's greatest team by strongly implying the game was decided by officiating.

Ever since Dan Pastorini threw (officially) incomplete to Mike Renfro late in the 3rd quarter, this game has only been remembered for 1 play and to this day carries a false taint instigated by a jaded network crew desperate to avoid a repeat of (continue reading) ...




Super Bowl XIV: What if
Nolan Cromwell had hung
onto that pass?


The problem with the 1979 Los Angeles Rams is that they just weren't intimidated.

But they were far better at playing from behind than with a lead, and when they had a chance to seriously imperil the march to the 4th Lombardi, they just couldn't handle it.

Having just gone up 19-17 mid-3rd quarter (continue reading) ...




Losing with your scrubs — How stars watched from the sidelines as the 1992 Steelers, with home field advantage, took a 24-3 playoff drilling from Buffalo


When it comes to playing rookies, Bill Cowher in his first year as head coach was already about as old-school as it gets.

And so, when the Buffalo Bills came to town in a highly winnable AFC Divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 9, 1993, several players of elite talent sat on the bench while scrubs got drubbed (continue reading) ...




Lesson from how the Steelers lost Super Bowl XXX: When you have good wide receivers, use them


The Steelers showed up for Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium a little tense against the mighty Dallas Cowboys.

What Dallas didn't have was a wide receiving corps that — in terms of depth — could match the Steelers. Sadly, Bill Cowher and Ron Erhardt didn't trust their own success and decided against exploiting this tremendous advantage against a suspect Dallas secondary, conducting an astonishing 31 rushing plays (continue reading) ...




How does Mike Tomlin’s
playoff record compare?


Steelers coach has not won a wild-card playoff game but does boast a 62.5% playoff percentage (continue reading) ...




How does Roethlisberger
playoff record compare?


Steelers QB's most impressive postseason accomplishment is that the team has put up at least 20 points in every one of his starts (continue reading) ...




Was NFL sudden-death overtime
unfair to loser of the coin toss?

Home teams actually did better than teams winning the coin flip (Continue reading) ...




Is James Harrison really 5-9?

Remember when Ravens' Trevor Pryce said so? (Continue reading) ...




Who was better: Cowher or Noll?

We're huge fans of both and hate to decide, but (Continue reading) ...





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