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Steelers Qualify for the 2011 NFL Playoffs

The first win of the 2011 Indianapolis Colts‘ season means the Pittsburgh Steelers will be at worst a wild card in the post-season.

One of a few playoff-clinching scenarios for Pittsburgh was a Tennessee loss. Considering how poorly Indianapolis has played the last few weeks, it seemed a Colts win was very unlikely.

And somehow, it happened. Pittsburgh will advance to the post-season for the fourth time coach Mike Tomlin’s five-year reign as the Steelers head coach. They can win a second consecutive AFC North championship by winning out and a Baltimore loss at some point in the next three games. The Ravens are in San Diego for tonight’s prime time game.

On the same day the league lost its last undefeated team – Kansas City scored a 19-14 upset over visiting Green Bay – the Colts avoided becoming the first winless team since the 2008 Lions.

The Steelers were the AFC’s 5th seed heading into Week 15. The Ravens are in control of their own fate for the AFC North title, but Pittsburgh hasn’t faltered despite two losses to the Ravens this season.

Pittsburgh will be short-handed for Monday Night’s game with San Francisco, but the question now becomes whether today’s postseason berth and tonight’s Ravens game will change the Steelers personnel strategy.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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The Fantasy Fool: Next stop — the fantasy playoffs

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are either: making plans for your postseason march; wondering where everything went wrong in a season once so full of promise; or an Indianapolis Colts player who has decided to look into a potentially more rewarding career as a fantasy football enthusiast.

Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL

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Happy Birthday Myron Cope

Today is the birthday of legendary Pittsburgh sportscaster / journalist  Myron Cope.  Myron Cope was the creator of the Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel.  Watch the below Myron Cope video being interviewed about the story of the Terrible Towel and it’s creation.

Planet Steelers Q&A With JetsFan.com

1.The Steelers came back last week after being down two touchdowns.  What did they do differently in the second half that allowed them to come back against the Ravens?

Most people think the Ravens lost the game due to the 2 turnovers that resulted in 14 points and another that resulted in 3.  However, those same people forget the Steelers basically gave the Ravens 14 points in the first half with turnovers deep in their own territory.  This was the main difference between the 1st and 2nd half.  The Steelers defense and offense alike were very opportunistic.

2. Ben Roethlisberger always seems to convert key 3rd down plays.  What is it about him and their passing game that allows him to be successful in these key situations?

That’s a really difficult question.  I think certain players just have a knack for making clutch plays and he’s one of those guys.  I compare him to a Derek Jeter in this aspect.  Jeter, like Big Ben, has historically made big plays in clutch moments.

For example, if I need a run to win the World Series and there is a runner in scoring position, Jeter is the guy I want at the plate regardless if he’s in a slump at the time.  I can say the same thing for Big Ben.

3. Troy Polamalu has been hindered by Achilles and ankle injuries late in the season and does not appear to have his normal burst.  Is that still the case and do you think he is healthy enough to make an impact in this game?

I think the Achilles and ankle injury is still bothering Troy Polamalu.  He missed a few tackles last week and wasn’t a huge factor against the Ravens.  With that being said, I always think Troy makes an impact on the game.  He’s a guy that must be accounted for on every play regardless of if he’s 100% healthy.  When offensive players get fixated on where Troy’s at, this opens up plays for Harrison, Timmons, Woodley and our other playmakers.  In that instance, Troy isn’t actually making the play but he’s still having an impact.

4. There are some good match ups in this game.  Which one would you rate as the most critical in determining the outcome of this game?

There are several great match-ups in this game.  I see the following as the most critical:

1)Steelers offensive line vs. your defense line and linebackers
2)Steelers secondary vs. the Jets solid wide receiving corp
3)Steelers young receivers vs. Cromartie and Revis
4)Sanchez vs. Polamalu
5)Steelers outside linebackers vs Jets tackles
6)Special Teams

5. Break down this game for us.  What does each team need to do to prevail?

I think turnovers and penalties are going to have a big effect on the outcome of this game.  Ben Roethlisberger and Sanchez will need to protect that ball.  Aside from that, the Jets could see a huge advantage in the special teams and offensive lines area.  I’m very interested in seeing how the Steelers passing attack matches up to the Jets defense.  Most people aren’t giving the Steelers WR’s any credit but they have 3 young, fast players in Mike Wallace, Emmanual Sanders, and Antonio Brown.  Let’s not forget veteran WR Hines Ward and TE Heath Miller.

Cowher Picks The Jets

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Bill Cowher picks the New York Jets to upset the Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Cowher, although still pro-Steelers has had a history of predicting the Steelers to lose in big games.

Cowher could be doing this for a variety of reasons such as:

1. He doesn’t want Mike Tomlin, his successor to win 2 Super Bowls in 4 years when he only won one Super Bowl in 15 years

2. He’s trying to add a little extra motivation to his former team since they typically play better as underdogs compared to favorities.
3. He’s trying to add a bit more spice to the game since he currently anchors for CBS.

4. He’s trying to “get in good” with the New Yorkers and their media since Cowher has publicly admitted his desire to coach the New York Giants.

This is all speculation but regardless, it makes you wonder…

The AFC Championship Game is set for 6:30 est time, Sunday, January 23rd in Pittsburgh.

Steelers Losing 21-7 at Halftime

The Steelers are losing at home with a score of 21-7 at halftime.

For the Steelers to win, they need to stop the mistakes. The Ravens are being opportunistic off of Steelers turnovers. The Steelers already have 2 fumbles and 6 penalties. That is way too much against a tough Baltimore team.

The Steelers get the ball at the half. The Steelers need to score quick but they can’t get impatient. The Ravens offense has done little but they have capitalized off of Steelers mental mistakes.

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