Rather than a recap of the game (which has been talked about endlessly by now), I'm going for who stood out this past season. I purposely waited a couple days to avoid the fallout of the (admittedly disappointing) loss. Now...
Ben Roethlisberger - Sure he didn't play well at times, but I thought he did amazingly given the circumstances. He played behind a porous O-line, often had no help from the running game, and played hurt in several games. Say what you want about his personality, but there's no question he's a heck of a football player.
Antonio Brown - the guy really stepped it up this season. He'll be a great receiver for us for years to come. For the first time in a loong time, I was not worried about losing Hines Ward this season.
Max Starks - shouldn't have been cut to begin with, IMO. But he filled in a dire need when he returned.
Isaac Redman - again, really stepped it up. In fact, he has made a strong case to be starting ahead of Mendenhall. Plus, he's much better suited for Arians' favorite RUTFM philosophy. Sorry Mendy, I like you as a player, but you're a better outside runner.
Troy Polamalu - Even though our defense did well, Troy P was one of the few who stood out this season.
Ike Taylor - Yes, I'll say it. Sure he picked the WORST time to forget how to tackle in Denver, but he was a great CB this past season.
Ryan Clark - the guy lead our team in tackles (to my surprise).
Hood/Heyward - those two will be a great combo in the future. I can safely say that Aaron Smith's loss will not hamper this team in the future.
Kemo. There's no way this guy is around next season, unless the line needs bodies (which they may).
Bruce Arians. Already said enough about this clown.
The linebackers. I hate to say it, cause they too were hindered by injuries, but they were for the most part a non-factor this season. All the splash plays we got used to seeing were nowhere to be found.
All in all though, a great season, guys. The team did better than I had expected after the way the season started out! Yeah, the post season was a crushing loss, but you can't expect a SB every year. As always, we'll give the league a run for their money next year! GO STILLERS!!!!