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JAGGED LITTLE PILL

The score: Jacksonville 45, Pittsburgh 42 The bottom line: Flops don’t come much bigger than this one. In front of their home crowd and with a chance at avenging their most embarrassing loss of the year to get a shot at avenging their most infuriating one, the Steelers were sloppy with the ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Jacksonville at Pittsburgh

AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (11-6) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-3) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. This is now the CBS No. 2 team, but they are a very distant second to Nantz and Romo, who will be making sweet love to the Patriots ...

REST STOP

The score: Pittsburgh 28, Cleveland 24 The bottom line: In what has become a familiar scene, the hapless Cleveland Browns were on the verge of closing their hapless season (and this time, avoiding infamy) with a win over the playoff-bound Steelers “backup lineup” and simply could not ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Cleveland at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-15) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta. After all those prime time games with A-list broadcasters, hearing from the CBS No. 6 team should be fun. We’ve always liked Dedes, but he ...

JOY! NO L!!

The score: Pittsburgh 34, Houston 6 The bottom line: With a national audience watching, there would be no Tomlin Trap Game this time as Pittsburgh manhandled the badly outmanned Houston Texans just about exactly in the manner fans envision they should win every game, dominantly. The no-doubt ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Houston

THE GAME: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) VS. HOUSTON TEXANS (4-9) NBC/NFL, MONDAY, 4:30 P.M., NRG STADIUM, 71,795. Announcers: Mike Tirico and Kurt Warner. Although yinzers will be rejoicing the absence of Cris Collinsworth here, the tradeoff is a lot less insight into what’s happening on the ...

WON AND…… NO!

The score: New England 27, Pittsburgh 24 The bottom line: Like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, the NFL’s ridiculous “process of the catch” rule reared its ugly head again at the most inopportune time for the Steelers and their fans as a game- and bye-clinching apparent ...

PREGAME STRETCH: New England at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-2) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. We’re really excited to see Romo work this one if the quarterback play is at the level we think it might be at. We are not really excited to ...

TRUE NORTH

The score: Pittsburgh 39, Baltimore 38 The bottom line: Step back for a second from the ugly closeup of Pittsburgh’s hapless defense and the indefensible officiating Sunday evening and marvel at the fact the entire football team worked around that mess to win a critical football game in a ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Baltimore at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-2) NBC, SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Al Michaels (maybe, Mike Tirico has been replacing Michaels on a few dates and this is NOT supposed to be one of them but Tirico was on Falcons-Saints Thursday and that ...

LAWS OF THE JUNGLE

The score: Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 20 The bottom line: If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know these days have been coming for the NFL for a long time. The insane money in the game and our love of its inherent violence have created an incentive for men to turn themselves into ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

THE GAME: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-2) VS CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-6) ESPN, MONDAY, 8:30 P.M., PAUL BROWN STADIUM, 65,515. Announcers: Sean McDonough and John Gruden. It’s interesting to us that the most interesting things McDonough says come outside the booth, where he’s been highly critical ...

VICTORY TAP

The score: Pittsburgh 31, Green Bay 28 The bottom line: As has become custom, the Steelers defense (with a big assist from the worst officiating crew in football) made a terrible quarterback look like Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, but this time the Pittsburgh offense was more than up to the ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Green Bay at Pittsburgh

THE GAME: GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-5) VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-2) NBC, SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400. Announcers: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. Skycam and Collinsworth for back-to-back games? Yinzers are gonna be calling 9-1-1. We like skycam, for what it’s worth, (if you’re ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Indianapolis

THE GAME: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-2) VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-6) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., LUCAS OIL STADIUM, 62,241. Blogger’s note: We’re departing Saturday morning for a week in the Caribbean so there will be no game blog for Indy and no pregame or game blog for the Titans. The usual ...

UNBREAKABLE

The score: Pittsburgh 20, Detroit 15 The bottom line: Between Pittsburgh missing on three easy touchdowns and Detroit failing to score any touchdowns despite a million trips into the red zone and 482 yards of offense, a game that could have been played in the 40s, ended with one final Steelers ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Pittsburgh at Detroit

The game: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) vs. Detroit Lions (3-3), NBC, Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Ford Field, 65,000. Announcers: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. These two have been the gold standard for broadcasting teams for the past three years or so, but that might be changing with the rapid ascent ...

CRUNCH TIME

The score: Pittsburgh 29, Cincinnati 14 The bottom line: For the first time in a long time, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense took control of a football game and absolutely would not relinquish it, no matter how many opportunities the team’s still-somehow-somewhat-struggling offense created to ...

PREGAME STRETCH: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

The game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2), CBS, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Heinz Field, 68,400. Announcers: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. It will be interesting this week to see how Romo’s approach changes seeing the same team two weeks in a row. Also, we were wrong last week about ...

ARROW POINTING UP

The score: Pittsburgh 19, Kansas City 13 The bottom line: In the ultimate week-to-week league, the Steelers flipped the script from last Sunday and totally dominated the lone unbeaten team in the league in all facets of the game, save scoring, which led to a nail-biting fourth quarter, decided ...