Steelers Loss Fun, But Nothing Changes

January 09, 2012 | Glenn Clark

Wild Card Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers v Denver Broncos

(Note from Glenn: With there no longer being enough football happening for me to make 22 observations about the weekend, I have since transitioned from the 15-7-0 to a weekly column reacting to SOMETHING that happened over the weekend. It’s a big step for me because I don’t know if I’ll be able to work half-dressed women into the column.)

As of 12pm Monday, I’ve officially heard every Tim Tebow and/or Ike Taylor related joke. The Taylor jokes mostly came courtesy of our own Drew Forrester and were honestly fantastic.

I know that Tim Tebow’s name sounds like “TiVo.” I know that God may or may not have had something to do with Tebow’s victory and I believe there is nothing else to be seen from a Google image search of “burnt toast.”

It’s all been put on the table, and much of it was quite funny.

As Baltimore Ravens fans, we took great joy in seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Denver Broncos Sunday in an AFC Wild Card playoff showdown. We especially took great joy after Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger lead his team to a 2nd half comeback only to see it blow up directly in his face on an overtime TD from Tebow to WR Demaryius Thomas.

It was a lot of fun to see Pittsburgh fans experience the same time of misery that we have experienced ourselves (unfortunately a few times at the hands of the Steelers) in recent years. I loved every moment, even offering a buddy a high-five after things were final in the Mile High City.

But that was about it for me. I offered a silly halftime observation on Facebook (“If the Steelers lose, CBS should do the decent thing and not put Bill Cowher on camera postgame. You could tell he was choking back tears at halftime.”), but I didn’t spend the evening and morning texting everyone I’ve ever known from the Steel City.

Not that I’m judging anyone who did. In fact, I’m totally understanding of anyone who did. Opportunities like this have been unfortunately rare in recent seasons, so taking advantage of this one in particular is more than fair.

Perhaps I didn’t react the same way because I quickly noted that the Ravens’ reality hadn’t changed one bit when Thomas hit the end zone 11 seconds into overtime.

Before the Steelers lost, the Baltimore Ravens were slated to play host to the Houston Texans Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game. After the Steelers lost, the Baltimore Ravens are still slated to play host to the Houston Texans Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game.

Before the Steelers lost, the Ravens were likely to visit the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game with a win over the Texans. After the Steelers lost, the Baltimore Ravens are still likely to visit the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game with a win over the Texans.

I’ve heard a lot of goofy comments about the Pats somehow not being as good as their record this year. I’ve heard some people say things like “the Pats can’t win, they have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.” It’s a statement of fact (New England statistically had the 31st ranked defense in the NFL this season), but yet those same people never seem to say the same thing about the Green Bay Packers, who had the 32nd (that’s dead last) ranked defense statistically in 2011.

The Number 1 defense in the National Football League in 2011? The Steelers. So there’s that.

I’ve also heard some people point out that the Patriots haven’t won a playoff game since the 2007 season. This is also accurate. Of course, those same people never use the argument that “the Ravens haven’t won a home playoff game since the 2000 season” as a reason why the Ravens won’t win next weekend.

They also ignore the fact that the arrival and emergence of TE’s Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez make the Patriots a completely different offensive team.

I’ve also heard about how the Patriots’ AFC East campaign wasn’t as “tough” as the Ravens’ trip through the AFC North. Of course both divisions have one playoff team standing at this point.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Jeff Says:

    First, I don’t see how Pittsburgh deserved a home playoff game. They let Flacco throw not one but two game winning TD passes at the end of that game in Pittsburgh. If they win that game they not only win the division but get the #1 seed.

    Second, it would have been special to beat the Steelers on our road to the Super Bowl, for the same reason it was so hurtful that the Colts beat us in 2006 on their road to glory. It’s personal with them. Beating the Steelers then winning the Super Bowl would just stick it to them even more. This year especially I am 100% sure we would have crushed an overrated, aging Steelers and then the in breds wouldn’t be able to say Flacco can’t beat them in the playoffs.

    (Edit from GMC: If the Ravens had lost their last game, would you think an 8 win Broncos team deserved a home game more than an 11 win Ravens team that had swept the Steelers? I wouldn’t.

    For the record, I think the Ravens would have defeated the Steelers a third time myself. But getting to and winning a Super Bowl to me will not feel any less amazing at all without a 3rd win over the Steelers.)

  2. Franchise Says:

    Steelers OUT of the tournament…..Can the Broncos defeat the Patriots??

    Game plan versus the Texans—Hit Foster early and often and make him quit so that his replacement Tate has more carries….Double team Johnson and force the rookie Yates to beat you with his arm.


    Fu-Manchu Franchise

  3. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    In the final analysis, the Steelers proved to be the team we annhilated in week one – old, slow, injury riddled and with a very suspect secondary, including Palomalou who can no longer cover! In fact, it was their downfall last year and they decided to stand pat with it this year. It will be interesting to see how successful they are at rebuilding. As for “home field” advantage, it really became important years ago when the league, which used to penalize home teams whose crowds who were so boisterous that visiting teams couldn’t hear their cadence, decided that pro football was more entertainment than sport. Many of the ensuing rules changes seem to confirm that notion. Home field advantage is even more so in domed stadia where the noise levels are truly deafening. As for Sunday’s game, assuming it’s Yates and not Delhomme, who would be more of a challenge for us because of his experience, it will be a defensive struggle with the team that can run the ball and stop the run prevailing. That scenario would appear to favor the…..Ravens!

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