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Chalk Talk – at Broncos (Playoffs)

Bob Labriola and Tunch Ilkin take a closer look at a few of the key plays from the Steelers 29-23 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos.

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Tebow, Broncos boot Steelers from playoffs

Tim Tebow and Demariyus Thomas hooked up for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play in overtime as the Denver Broncos beat the Steelers.

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The burning question as playoffs start: Can they win it all?

The Steelers' playoff journey could end abruptly at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium today. Or they could navigate the choppy waters in Baltimore or New England and finish triumphantly in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Agree to Disagree – at Denver (Playoffs)

In this episode, the guys argue about that regular season finale in Cleveland, the impact of Tim Tebow's passing on the Wild Card Game, and whether there are any teams to fear in these playoffs.

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2011 NFL Playoffs Facts and Figures

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* Though it may seem like this year's field of NFL playoff teams is less than stellar, it's worth noting that 2011 marks just the second year ever that at least six teams enter the playoffs with 12 or more wins (New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, San Francisco, New Orleans). The only other time as many 12+ win teams qualified for the postseason was in 2003.

* Perhaps being in the wild card round isn't such a bad thing for the Steelers. After all, winners in the opening round of the playoffs have gone on to win it all seven times. And in five of the past six seasons, at least one of the two teams participating in the SB has been forced to win three games beginning in the wild card round to punch their ticket to SB Sunday.

* With the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions both qualifying for the postseason this year, Buffalo now becomes the lone team in the NFL not to have made the playoffs since realignment in 2002. Yes, even Cleveland has been invited to the postseason party. Just once though back in the very first year of realignment ('02).

* Speaking of realignment, the Steelers have made seven playoff berths in the past 10 years since 2002. Those seven playoff appearances are tied with the Green Bay Packers for second most among playoff teams in 2011, trailing only New England who's been playoff bound eight times in the past ten seasons. Interestingly and impressively enough, the Patriots won the AFC in each of those eight seasons. This will be the second time the Steelers have entered the postseason as a wild card rather than the AFC North champion. The last time, of course, was in 2005, and we all remember how they fared that year.

* And to round out the realignment related tidbits...for the first time since 2002, there were seven new divisional winners. Only the Patriots were repeat winners of their division.

* Exactly one half of this year's field has won a Super Bowl since 2000. They are? The Steelers ('05, '08), the Patriots ('01, '03, '04), the Ravens ('00), the Giants ('07), the Saints ('08), and the Packers ('10). With the Steelers and Pats winning multiple Lombardis, a total of nine of the past 11 Super Bowls have been won by teams in this year's playoff field.

* The Steelers qualified for their 27th playoffs, tied for third most with Green Bay, and trailing only the Cowboys (30) and the Giants (31) for most in league history.

* The Steelers may not have been able to gain any ground on the Packers in the previous category, but they can inch closer to the all-time winningest playoff record if they can fare better than the defending champion Packers. Entering this year's playoffs, the Steelers sport a 33-20 record (.623) compared to Green Bay's record of 29-16 (.644).

* There's only one team that can catch the Steelers in all-time SB wins this year. That team is the San Francisco 49ers, who, along with the Cowboys, have captured five SB titles. Green Bay, who seeks to become the ninth repeat champion in NFL history, has four SBs. Their remaining nine league titles came in the pre-SB era.

* I'm not sure this will make for a quality football game, but Saturday's matchup between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati will be the first time in NFL history that two rookie quarterbacks will face off. T.J. Yates aims to return to lead Houston to a victory at home against the Andy Dalton led Bengals in what will be the first playoff game in franchise history for the Texans.



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Young Steelers receivers Wallace, Brown look to playoffs

Steelers receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are not expecting a decline in production in the AFC wild-card game.

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Terrible Towel Talk, Ep. 22: NFL Playoffs Preview w/ Dale Lolley

At 8:30 est I'll be joined by Bill Priatko and Dave Villiottti for our usual early week conversation about the Pittsburgh Steelers, who of course are playoff bound for the fourth time in five seasons ince Mike Tomlin was hired as head coach.

At 9:30, Dale Lolley will join us to answer some of our questions about the team heading into their wild card matchup with the struggling Denver Broncos. Leave your question here for Lolley if you'd like and tune in beginning in about 30 minutes if you're able to.

Go Steelers!



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Mendenhall reporedly out for playoffs

The Pittsburgh Steelers journey through the playoffs won't include running back Rashard Mendenhall.

A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that Mendenhall has a torn ACL in his right knee and is out for the entire postseason. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an official announcement about Mendenhall's status.

The severity of the injury was first reported by ESPN.com and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mendenhall hurt the knee while being tackled late in the first quarter of Sunday's 13-9 victory over Cleveland. He did not return and coach Mike Tomlin said after the game the injury was ''not good.'' Mendenhall will have surgery before the end of January.

Second-year back Isaac Redman and rookie John Clay will fill in when the Steelers face Denver in the AFC Wild Card on Sunday.

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Steelers Gut Out Win at Cleveland, Clinch 5 Seed in AFC Playoffs, Will Travel to Denver

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It seemed almost fitting for a year in which the Steelers couldn't exploit opportunities to get past AFC North Rival Baltimore.

At approximately the same time, Pittsburgh's Isaac Redman fumbled during a drive that could have sealed a win and Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham fumbled for Cincinnati, who was driving on Baltimore down 17-13.

Pittsburgh ended up taking home a 13-9 victory, but Baltimore used that turnover to grab a 24-13 lead. Cincinnati's comeback fell short, and the teams flipped playoff positions from a year ago.

The Ravens have the week off, while Pittsburgh will prepare to travel to Denver to take on the AFC West champion Broncos. The time and date of the game has not yet been announced.

Cincinnati also clinched a playoff spot despite the loss. It is the first time three teams from the AFC North have been in the playoffs. The Bengals will travel to Houston in the Wild Card round.

The Steelers suffered another rash of injuries, the most concerning to RB Rashard Mendenhall, who left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Early reports on his status do not look good, as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Mendenhall is "doubtful or worse" for next week.

It was a tough defensive battle, unfortunately marred by injuries to Mendenhall, TE David Johnson, RG Ramon Foster and CB Cortez Allen. Even with that pall hanging over the 12-4 Steelers, they did lock up the league's top scoring defense, besting San Francisco by just two points (227 to 229). Pittsburgh has allowed nine points or less in each of their last five victories.

The injuries will be the compelling story this week, and much of it will surround FS Ryan Clark (who became the team's top tackler for 2011. Clark has a blood disorder which reacts poorly in high altitude environments. It flared up during a game in Denver in 2007, and the result of it was Clark missing the rest of the season and losing his spleen and gall bladder.

Clark did not make the last trip the team made to Denver in 2009. It stands to reason he won't be at this game either, moving Ryan Mundy into the starting lineup.

Clark and the defense thoroughly dominated Cleveland for much of the game, and more the issue in the win was the lack of explosion and movement from the offensive side of the ball. QB Ben Roethlisberger did not look comfortable, failed to step into many of his throws and missed open receivers several times. It didn't seem like the plan was to have Roethlisberger throw 40 times (he completed 23 of them), but Mendenhall's injury seemed to shift that plan to the forefront.

It did help Steelers WR Hines Ward get his historic 1,000th career reception - a shovel pass for -3 yards - in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers survived a last-second hail mary pass from Seneca Wallace, but their post-season fate was already sealed after Cincinnati's last-second pass also fell incomplete.



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Steelers win, playoffs up next

CLEVELAND -- The Steelers tonight won the battle but lost the holiday bauble that would have brought them the gift of a first-round bye and a home playoff game.

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