The Steelers and Dolphins these days barely resemble what they were back in Week 6, when Miami dominated Pittsburgh at home in the regular season.
Sunday’s wild-card playoff matchup featured a different venue with evolved teams and much higher stakes… and the opposite result. The Steelers took care of the Dolphins relatively easily, 30-12.
Pittsburgh entered the game a 10-point favorite, a spread SN’s Vinnie Iyer figured the Steelers would cover, and they did. SN’s David Steele agreed and predicted a Pittsburgh win, though not as convincing a win as that of Iyer’s pick.
Pittsburgh with its win will face Kansas City in the divisional round. Houston will travel to New England.
We know Brady, Roethlisberger and Rodgers are up to the challenge. Ryan has to prove he’s ready now, having fallen short in a 2012 home loss to the 49ers in which he committed two costly turnovers. This time he’ll have to out-play the hottest quarterback in the league.
I’ve always believed conference championship games are the toughest to win. My Vikings and Titans teams went to six conference title games and lost four times. Those defeats were the most agonizing of my NFL management career, especially the Vikingsovertime loss to the Falcons that ended our 15-1 season in 1998, which had earned us the NFCs top seed.
Losing in two Super Bowls was easier. At least we got to the big game.
The four remaining teams will have up to eight staff members in Houston this week to Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys prepare for their possible Super Bowl trips. Theyll check out hotels, meeting rooms, practice Cheap Jerseys America facilities and computer hook-ups, and theyll work on their ticket allocations and distribution plan.