Steelers Loss Fun, But Nothing Changes

January 09, 2012 | Glenn Clark

Wild Card Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers v Denver Broncos

The New England Patriots were the best team in the AFC in 2011, as they proved by winning 13 games. They will probably defeat the Denver Broncos Saturday night and they would have probably defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers had those teams got together instead.

The most likely scenario for the Baltimore Ravens was that they would need to make a trip to Gillette Stadium this postseason if they were going to get to the Super Bowl.

That hasn’t changed one bit despite our excitement over Pittsburgh’s elimination. If the Ravens are ultimately going to find themselves in Indianapolis, they will probably have to make an earlier stop in Foxborough.

But they have their own game to worry about before that even comes into play. Make no mistake, the visit from the Texans Sunday is a game the Ravens SHOULD win. It of course doesn’t guarantee that they WILL win.

Say the same for the Pats Saturday night.

And since we’re here, let me echo the sentiments of Drew and Luke Jones Monday on “The Morning Reaction.” What happened to the Steelers Sunday very well could have happened to the Ravens had they not defeated the Cincinnati Bengals a week earlier to clinch the AFC North.

I’ve heard some say the 8-8 Broncos proved they deserved a home playoff game by winning Sunday. I still don’t agree with that. In fact, I think the Broncos’ win proves how ridiculous it is that an eight win team can host a playoff game. Home field advantage is FAR too important in this league, as was evident Sunday.

Of course, none of that matters now.

It was a LOT of fun to watch the Steelers lose, but it hasn’t changed a thing for the Ravens’ hopes of reaching Super Bowl XLVI. They need to beat the Texans Sunday, then they’ll probably need to head to New England for a showdown with Tom Brady and company.

And if they manage to win their next two games, I assure you it won’t mean ANY less that the Steelers didn’t come to town this postseason.

In fact, I guarantee it.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


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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