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Steelers had a very rough stretch late in the postseason

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The Steelers beat the Jets to make it to the Super Bowl, and then the Steelers had the ball in hand with two minutes to go and a chance to win the Super Bowl.

The close-but-no-cigar effort becomes more impressive when considering that the Steelers went the duration of nearly one full game by scoring only three points, and by allowing 40.

From the final ten seconds of the first half of the AFC title game until the final 20 seconds of the first half of the Super Bowl, the Steelers were on the wrong end of a 40-3 score.

The Jets scored 19 unanswered points over the final 30 minutes and 20 seconds of a 24-19 Pittsburgh win, and the Packers raced to a 21-3 lead in the first 29 minutes and 50 seconds of the Super Bowl.

If the Steelers team that showed up for the first half against the Jets and the second half against the Packers had shown up for the first half against the Packers, the Steelers may have won their seventh Super Bowl.  Then again, if the Steelers with two minutes to play had played like they did in crunch time during Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers still would have pulled it off, despite that 40-3 stretch of futility.

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  1. techvet says: Feb 12, 2011 7:12 PM

    Ifs and buts…what if Holmes doesn’t make that incredible catch against the Cardinals. The Steelers offensive line played enough to win, but the secondary got taken to school, with the NFL Defensive AP Player of the Year earning an extra detention.

  2. Wisconsin77 says: Feb 12, 2011 7:22 PM

    lol, the excuses never stop. Steelers never had a chance against the Packers.

    If the Pack didn’t drop 7 balls, lose its 2nd best WR at the beginning of the game and the best defensive player towards the end of the first half, the Packers BLOW OUT the Steelers whether they played their A game or not.

  3. tominmilwaukee says: Feb 12, 2011 7:27 PM

    Would have, should have, could have………

  4. 4sacroc says: Feb 12, 2011 7:28 PM

    James Jones (aka stone hands) catches a pass at start of third he only has to beat the gimpy hair dude and it’s 28-10. Game over.

    Seriously, are you paid by the word?

  5. pmars64 says: Feb 12, 2011 7:29 PM

    The Steelers are a flawed team and were exposed somewhat. Let’s be honest, both the Ravens and the Jets did their best to give those games away. Of course, the Steelers gave some things away, too, especially in the SB. But, they really only played well for maybe 3 or 4 of the 12 quarters in their post-season games. In the end, they really weren’t worthy of being a SB champion. Let’s remember that this team needed a dropped pass in the end zone in Buffalo in OT to survive that game after blowing a 13 pt second half lead. Sorry, but that’s not championship football. They got totally blown out on national TV at home against the Patriots. They gave up late TDs to the Jets and Saints to lose those games. They needed Flacco to miss-read the blitz off the edge to escape against Baltimore late. That’s not championship football. Of course, GB certainly blew their share games (all 6 losses by less than TD) and needed help just to get to the playoffs. Maybe they were truly championship caliber either, but certainly the Steelers weren’t.

  6. igottz5onit says: Feb 12, 2011 7:34 PM

    Man are all the people from Wisconsin inbred retards, or just the ones whom speak their thought out loud?

  7. nybeez80 says: Feb 12, 2011 7:38 PM

    What was the point of this article? This is another perfect example of what a huge Steelers homer you are. What if the Packers secondary wasn’t depleted or if Jermichael Finley, Jolly, Nick Barnett, and Ryan Grant weren’t injured. You see it works both ways. Wisconsin 77 made a few great points as well.

  8. cylondetector says: Feb 12, 2011 7:41 PM

    Just goes to show; isolating statistical anomalies and drawing conclusions CAN be fun after all.

  9. arnoldziffel says: Feb 12, 2011 7:56 PM

    “IF” … a poem, by Rudyard Kipling

  10. arnoldziffel says: Feb 12, 2011 7:57 PM

    “IF” … the referees hadn’t called such a terrible game, the Seattle Seahawks would have won their first Super Bowl vs. the Steelers.

  11. igottz5onit says: Feb 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    Also to wisconsin77
    ive never seen anyone cry when their team won like wisconsin fans. “waaahh” our team woulda won no matter what! “waahh” we lost players during the game! Please give me a break you won, don’t be a bitch.

  12. fancyleague says: Feb 12, 2011 8:03 PM

    lol, the excuses never stop. Steelers never had a chance against the Packers.

    If the Pack……

    ————————-

    Clown. You cry about excuses, then proceed to list the excuses for why the Packers didn’t blow out the Steelers.

    The reality is that the Packers went down to the wire against the Steelers because they aren’t any better than the Steelers. The Packers needed a pick six to beat the Steelers and the pathetic Bears. You dorks almost got beat by Caleb freaking Hanie.

    That was one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen out of the Steelers, especially Ben. The Steelers still had the ball and plenty of time to drive for the win. That sounds to me like they had a chance to beat the Packers.

  13. akismet-6c741005d0a7c7a14ea80865d3b389e9 says: Feb 12, 2011 8:12 PM

    This is a dumb post that’s just going to conjure up some dumb comments. Lets hear about draft prospects, the CBA , and free agency. It’s mid February now and we know who won the Super Bowl let’s move on.

  14. lambeauleaper says: Feb 12, 2011 8:14 PM

    You can play the shoulda woulda coulda game all day long. There were no excuses. The Packers were clearly the better team.

  15. chunkyloverfiftythree says: Feb 12, 2011 8:16 PM

    It is amazing what happens when the refs call an even game, when the Steelers are involved, for a change. I kind of expected that to happen with Green Bay since they are one of the few franchises that are as popular as the Steelers. I suspect though, it was an even game because Steelers players were attacking the league in the week leading up to the super bowl. They went after the golden goose. It is a lot harder to win games when refs don’t give back fumbles and stop calling bogus holding penalties. I am not a Miami fan, but the end of the PIT/MIA game made me throw up in my mouth a little. The end of the PIT/BAL playoff game? Last years NFC championship game with NO and MIN? The list goes on. Maybe these teams still go on to win the games, but games that end on ticky-tack or bogus calls are bad for the sport. If you are a neutral fan watching these games it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. People will stop watching football if they think games are fixed. Can they add that to issues in the CBA? Calling even games instead of giving popular franchises an easier path. Maybe someday we can live in a football world where refs do not make up rules to give fat Ben fumbles back and defensive players aren’t flagged for thinking about sacking Tom Brady.

  16. macjacmccoy says: Feb 12, 2011 8:23 PM

    stop making excuses your team lost get over it.

  17. halftermguv says: Feb 12, 2011 8:35 PM

    The Steelers lost and as a Steelers fan I accept that and will get ready for next season.

    We’re yet to hear an explanation from the media geniuses on how two small market teams got the highest ratings ever.

  18. fumblenuts says: Feb 12, 2011 8:37 PM

    “Steelers had a very rough stretch late in the postseason.”

    Bottom Line: Whines Hard

  19. mrhappy2000 says: Feb 12, 2011 8:41 PM

    The reality is that the Packers couldn’t stop the Steelers run. Had the Steelers not gotten behind early, it was all over. Even with the three turnovers (accouting for 21 points), the Steelers still had better statistics with more first downs and greater time of possession and yardage.

    Although the Packers certainly had key injuries, the Steelers were missing three starters from the what was by far the weakest part of their team – the offensive line. Polamalu, their best defensive player, obviously wasn’t near 100%.

    Admittedly, I would have thought it would have been a blowout had someone told that the Packers would score 21 points from turnovers without turning the ball over themselves.

  20. whackman says: Feb 12, 2011 8:41 PM

    My friends turnovers killed the Steelers…

    take away the turnovers and Green Bay is not in the game…

    plain and simple.

  21. halftermguv says: Feb 12, 2011 8:43 PM

    Hey Seahawks fans…STFU. Go replay the Sea-GB playoff game where bald Matt promised they are going to score at the OT coin flip. Seattle = land of losers.

  22. thetooloftools says: Feb 12, 2011 8:45 PM

    I thought by “rough stretch” you meant a certain player was using “ribbed” condoms now.

  23. igottz5onit says: Feb 12, 2011 8:48 PM

    Omg chunky, that time of the month?

  24. beerndonuts says: Feb 12, 2011 8:51 PM

    I don’t see why there’s so much unnecessary bickering going on here.

    Green Bay made the plays they needed to in the first half, and Pittsburgh showed why they’re an elite team by not giving up and fighting their way back in the second half with a chance to win late. Then Green Bay showed why they’re an elite team by holding when they absolutely needed to.

    Both teams had a chance to win the game, and both teams represented their conference well. There’s no need to make it more complicated than that.

  25. 4sacroc says: Feb 12, 2011 8:57 PM

    The better team won.

    Deal with it.

  26. igottz5onit says: Feb 12, 2011 9:01 PM

    Kudos for beerndonuts for actually making a valid point.

  27. waccoforflacco says: Feb 12, 2011 9:12 PM

    What small college town Bar is Ben in now?

  28. vikescry1 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:14 PM

    nuff said by BEER N DONUTS……

  29. pghsteel412 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:19 PM

    this is coming from a life long pittsburgh resident and steeler fan.. packers played better than us in super bowl.. thats it. we turned it over way too much and got outplayed

  30. laxer37 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:23 PM

    Not too shabby considering they were picked to finish 3rd in their division at the beginning of the season.

    They were minus 3 in turnovers in the Superbowl and still had a shot to win in the final minute.

    The Packers were simply the better team that night.

  31. packa7x says: Feb 12, 2011 9:28 PM

    Lol do you Steeler fans REALLY believe the NFL hates you? You know….the Rooney family? One of the most well known and loved families in sports? Yeah you’re right the NFL overtly makes the Steelers lose. That’s obviously it.

    And for you sore Steelers fans stfu. If you haw ANY sort of football knowledge, you’d know that Big Ben isn’t elite or even very good. He’s a game manager on a good team. Aaron Rodgers has thrown the same number of TDs Ben has in the Super Bowl. I mean in ONE game he has the same number.

    And Mike. Good god. You know who went through a rough stretch?? THE PACKERS. Losing 16 guys to IR, another suspended then losing your number 2 WR, and 2 of your top 3 corners. There’s a reason you’ve never heard of Jarrett Bush or Pat Lee. Stop writing such biased articles.

  32. raven4life21 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:29 PM

    you can’t compare two different games like they are the same one! different injuries, different schemes, different players… WAY too many factors to put that together and compare…

    btw… it’s NOT so impressive when you take into consideration that Green Bay could have nearly doubled their winning margin (or more) if they didn’t have a “stonehands” frenzy and didn’t drop those 6 passes… and in the Jets game the refs didn’t blow that Sanchez fumble call when it should have been an incomplete pass (as the rule states, dunno about u but i saw his arm start to come forward even if it was only a smidgeon, all it has to do is start to come forward) that would have taken a TD from Pittsburgh… doesn’t seem so impressive now though does it???

  33. terrellblowens says: Feb 12, 2011 9:34 PM

    As Michael Jordan once said in one of his commercials, “Maybe, you’re just making excuses.”

    Super Bowl teams don’t deserve credit for playing like crap and keeping the game close. Nobody remembers Super Bowl losers as a part of NFL history. All that matters is who won it all, and that’s the Packers… end of story.

  34. raven4life21 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:36 PM

    chunkyloverfiftythree…. im replying to your fair refereeing comment… thank you for saying it better than i could… i hate it when refs dictate outcomes of games

  35. notlisteninganymore says: Feb 12, 2011 9:36 PM

    @raven4life21

    U R a true loser. STFU and take your losses like a man. Talk about whining hard you do it on every Steeler post.

  36. commandercornpone says: Feb 12, 2011 9:50 PM

    turnovers are part of the game.

    maybe pitt should have forced some.

  37. jamson64 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:52 PM

    Raven:

    If if if…..

    Also,

    Sanchez’s arm was not going forward. Quit crying you big baby.

    Hey tell me what is the Steelers record against the Purple Browns?

    Oh I know: Steelers 21 Ravens 12 (when a team wins nearly 2/3rds of the games is it still called a rivalry?)

    They have not beat Ben R. since 2006.

    Ouch .

    No wonder your mind is so clouded.. …it is ok though.

  38. jamson64 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:55 PM

    Ravens: Did you enjoy the beautiful Monday night game in 07 when Ben torched your boys for 5 Tds?

  39. raven4life21 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:55 PM

    hats off to both teams for overcoming lots of injuries and whatnot throughout the year and getting to where they are now (not to say some teams didnt get there without a little help from other places… ::cough cough:: the refs ::cough cough:: ahem… excuse me…

  40. sacram3ntal says: Feb 12, 2011 9:56 PM

    Look- enough with the bit about “Packers only won because the Steelers turned the ball over…”
    as if those were unforced errors the Steelers made.

    The Packers TOOK THE BALL AWAY whenever they needed too- that’s what a great defense does.
    H Green destroys the middle of your line to smack Ben’s arm in the endzone, Jarret Bush baits Ben and makes a perfect break on the ball midfield, and Clay Matthews tells the whole team where Mendenhall is running before he and Pickett make him spill it.

    And face it: Ben Roethlisberger is a mediocre QB who missed WIDE OPEN receivers at the worst possible times- the Pack forced him to stand in the pocket, and he couldn’t deliver.

    Your team was helpless until Woodson and Driver went down- and even then you couldnt slow Aaron Rodgers enough to take the game.

    PS- worst 2 minute drill I’ve ever seen to end a playoff game.

    PPS- Tell Roethlisberger to stop with the looong pump fakes and just throw the ball already- especially when standing in the endzone! LOLWTF?

  41. jamson64 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:59 PM

    Funny Raven4Whatever

    How did the Ravens not get called for a penalty when Ben had his nose crushed? Do tell.

  42. jamson64 says: Feb 12, 2011 10:09 PM

    Raven so quiet.

    Also tell me. Did you see the end of the Steelers Jets game during the regular season? Do you know what Defensive interference is called. Watch the end of that game and you will see it committed by the Jets. Hmmm So yeh the Jets had some help.

    You’re truly a loser . Like your team.

  43. jamson64 says: Feb 12, 2011 10:12 PM

    pghsteel412 -Feb 12, 2011 9:19 PM

    YEP

  44. Deb says: Feb 12, 2011 10:17 PM

    @Wisconsin77 …

    After reading your post, I’m not going to bother with the rest of the thread. You’re enough for one night. None of us has made any excuses. Mike was simply stating the fact that we went 40-3 in nearly four quarters of post-season play. Don’t know how you take “excuses” from that, but I can’t will myself to drop IQ points. We all congratulated you for the win, but enough is enough. You scored off three turnovers. Instead of being the biggest unsportsmanlike ass in the universe, just shut up and be thankful for a good defense and dumb luck.

  45. packa7x says: Feb 12, 2011 10:44 PM

    Hey Mike. Know what’s impressive? Going 10-6, not trailing by more than 7 the entire year, still winning 10 games without 18 guys you had when the season started, going into the playoffs, beating 2 of the 3 QBs who got picked for the pro bowl ahead of the QB on your team who’s better, beating your arch rivals to make the super bowl, and winning the super bowl as the only 6th seed ever in the NFC.

  46. chunkyloverfiftythree says: Feb 12, 2011 10:46 PM

    raven4life you seem to be taking a little bit of a beating on a forum that is clearly filled with a ton of Steelers fans. Don’t worry, at least you can take solace in the fact that Baltimore has a thriving economy and jobs while Pittsburgh has been slowly dying over past 2 ½ decades. Actually that is not fair to the fans that live in Pittsburgh. They are usually good fans. The people who live in other states and/or have nothing to do with Pennsylvania are the annoying ones. Whenever something has that much success, there are always a ton of poser fans that follow. I have never seen a group more oblivious. I have friends that are from Pittsburgh and they can admit that popular teams get a little extra help (Steelers included). It does not stop them from cheering for their team, but they are not oblivious. Unfortunately it is the nature of things. Winning = posers love you. It is good for the Steelers and Pittsburgh though. It is a small market and if the Steelers ever go 5 years in a row with a losing record, that team is going to LA or some place like that. I am sure that will infuriate Pittsburgh fans, but think about this: The Pittsburgh Penguins are the only sports franchise to go bankrupt twice. Some how they are still in Pittsburgh, but do you think that an NFL franchise would stay in town if the team went bankrupt?

  47. steelcurtainn says: Feb 12, 2011 10:46 PM

    you packie fans are a bunch of crying whiney babies. You won the game but your barely won the game. That game could of went the steelers way and we had 3 turnovers. Funny how wisconsin 77 and 4sacroc make statements like the game was a blowout. You can take this superbowl you need it more then the steelers did.
    Steelers will be back will be in the Superbowl again. Big Ben won’t go out like that you can bank on it.

  48. mrhappy2000 says: Feb 12, 2011 10:55 PM

    Regarding the Ravens fans bitching about calls, the Steelers were consistently penalized more than their opponents all season by a significant margin. Essentially, it was open season on Ben
    (intentional and unintentional hits to the head etc.) whereas the Steelers couldn’t breath on an opponents quarterback without a penalty.

  49. JimmySmith says: Feb 12, 2011 11:15 PM

    This is what makes the game of football so fun. Outcomes of games turn on a single play and sometimes by inch or two either way.

    But if Pittsburgh wants to hold on to the theory that if this or if that, let them. For the history books will always record the game only one way; that the sexual assulting QB of the Stealers couldn’t pull in out when the going got hot and the same statement applies to his sex life.

  50. reedhof20 says: Feb 12, 2011 11:21 PM

    Hey Deb – YOU are the unsportsmanlike ass. When Pittsburg scores off of three turnovers it is because they are the greatest defense of all time – but when someone does it to you it is because…why? Because “you” turned it over? Rightttt. No, it is because they took it from you – like when someone finally beats up the bully in the school yard – it is because the 2010 version of the Steelers was a fraud. They were seriously OVERRATED. And yes Deb – the Ravens were a fraud this year too – way overrated. The reality is that many years someone gets there that is in over their head…see Seattle 2005 and Chicago 2006. I do not care how many wrings they have – this year the Steelers were a fraud – and as soon as the rest of the league catches on that Big Ben is smoke and mirrors – his demise will commence as well. The chinks in the armor just get bigger once they are established – Manning will never be the same after his picks against the Saints – nor will your beloved Big Ben and the rest of your squad as presently constructed. Have a nice offseason

  51. goldsteel says: Feb 12, 2011 11:48 PM

    The short version of this article. If the Steelers had made more plays then the Parkers did then the Steelers would have won the Superbowl. BUT THEY DIDN’T!

    GO STEELERS!

  52. richm2256 says: Feb 13, 2011 12:11 AM

    40-3 over that span of time shows they really weren’t Super Bowl worthy.

    It all comes down to one simple thing:

    Going into that game, idiots in Pittsburgh and around the country were putting Roethlisberger in Canton with his third ring and comparing him to the “greats”.

    Roethlisberger had the chance, with two minutes left, to look as “elite” as everyone was talking him up to be, and he failed.

    The truly “great ones” shine at moments like that, and people now look at two of his three Super Bowl appearances as the poor performances they really were.

  53. scytherius says: Feb 13, 2011 1:20 AM

    And if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a wagon.

    Every single team has 100s of “ifs”. Doesn’t mean a lot.

  54. sigma1932 says: Feb 13, 2011 2:11 AM

    “James Jones (aka stone hands)…”

    I think I’d call him slick-fingers more than stone-hands… he doesn’t usually have balls ounce off his hands, and he did make that key stop-route catch later on. The passes he usually drops are the ones that skitter across his face when he’s running a post… I may have only briefly played at the D3 level, but even I know you need to square up to the ball a little and catch with your hands on those routes… it’s only the over-the-shoulder catches where you make the “basket”.

    “…GB certainly blew their share games (all 6 losses by less than TD) and needed help just to get to the playoffs.”

    Agreed, and I’ll add that 5 of those 6 were by only a field goal, and the other by 4 points, IIRC. What I don’t understand is why people are still saying GB needed help getting in the playoffs? After the division champs were settled, GB was never in a position more complex than “win and you’re in”, and they did, so where did this help come from?

    “It is amazing what happens when the refs call an even game, when the Steelers are involved, for a change.”

    Say what? There were at least two plays where the refs made blatantly bad calls in the Steelers’ favor, and one was even after McCarthy made them review it: the bullcrap “facemask” penalty– where the edge of the guy’s index finger barely grazed the bottom of the facemask and ultimately was a clean tackle– that resulted in 15 yards, and the Brett Swain catch-and-fumble that was recovered by Jennings that would’ve resulted in a Packer 1st-down– he clearly caught, established control, and then took at least a step and a half before even being hit. If there were any blown calls that favored GB, please fill me in, but I honestly don’t remember any.

    As for the article, if the packers had played the entire SB like they played vs. Atlanta instead of only 2 and a half quarters of it, and Jordy Nelson/James Jones would’ve caught their 4 drops alone, GB would’ve won by 3 touchdowns+, and Rodgers would’ve potentially tied Steve Young for the most touchdowns in a super bowl.

  55. 30ptbuck says: Feb 13, 2011 2:27 AM

    If pervyharvin and igottz5onit had vaginas they would be women wait bad example
    If Deb wasn’t such a hater she would be smart whoops another bad example
    If big Ben wouldn’t of got into a motorcycle accident he would be pretty ….dang it
    If Troy Polamalu was the NFL Defensive POTY he wouldn’t of blown a coverage so bad…….
    If Ted Thompson were a good GM he would have been able to get replacements for a team devastated by injuries…..whoops
    If the Packers would have turned the ball over more they would have turned the ball over more
    If the Steelers would have scored more points than the Packers they would of won the Super Bowl.
    IF IF IF what stupid speculation and could be said of every play of every game ever played
    The only thing that counts is scoreboard everyone so GET OVER IT AND STFU

  56. keyth629 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:29 AM

    Oh but dont forget the pitt miami game when big ben fumbled the ball and miami had it and the ref who lives in pa called it pitts ball when a miami guy handed it to him yeah pitt got in the super bowl buy bs calls its all good cuz there team is nothing without them calls

  57. keyth629 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:33 AM

    Pitt should of had a worse record than baltimore and not even been in the spot they were in anyway wirh that miami game but you won’t talk about that what are you going to say when they dont make it to the playoffs…right

  58. keyth629 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:36 AM

    Lol jamson is the biggest baby i have ever seen on pft and it is sad grow up and maybe you will be able to understand that a good football team doesn’t have to cry after getting tackled. Cry cry cry baby

  59. katmanduu says: Feb 13, 2011 6:50 AM

    Any idiot who watched the game could see that the Steelers had the game in control going into the 4’th quarter. Had they scored and put the Packers behind, that game was over. But Mendenhall fumbled that away. Let’s be honest guys, the Packers got the breaks, but they were dominated sans the turnovers. Take your trophee and go home….still got a ways to go to catch the premiere franchise in the NFL….

  60. Moxie says: Feb 13, 2011 7:19 AM

    Here we go….whining Steeler excuses. Knew they would be coming.

    If ifs and buts were chocolate and nuts….EVERYDAY would be Christmas baby!

  61. jimmysee says: Feb 13, 2011 7:30 AM

    “There are lies; there are damn lies; and there are statistics.”

    — Mark Twain

    Steelers lost. Get over it.

  62. gbsparks says: Feb 13, 2011 8:42 AM

    So, all in all, there really is a reason they play the game, eh?

  63. notlisteninganymore says: Feb 13, 2011 8:48 AM

    @Moxie, @jimmysee,

    The Packers won. No excuses, they won. There were opportunities for the Steelers to win and they did not seize them. You a-holes just are so jealous

    @raven4life21 – You are still the biggest whining, jackass ever. Look at the record between the two teams. Yea, I thought so! Sit in the corner, Suck on your pacifier and STFU! You are wrong abou the Sanchez call and still cannot get over it internet tough guys,

    @keyth629 – Calling you illiterate would be an understatement. Do you know how to use punctuation?

    @30ptbuck, @sigma1932, @sacram3ntal and wisconsin77
    BeerNDonuts summed it up best and congratulations on the win. Your commentary is delusional and your all a bunch of pricks in a sea of great fans.

  64. jc1958cool says: Feb 13, 2011 9:14 AM

    if the dog wouldn’t have stopped to take a S%*T, it would have caught the rabbit!!

  65. jamson64 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:25 AM

    Keyth- You sound like you are 10.

    Let me see if have this right. Idi ots like you can spout how some calls went the Steelers way and I point out the ones that did not and I am wrong for doing so? Gotcha!

    The Packers won . They played the better game . No ifs and or buts.

    Dude you really need to grow up and learn to spell your name. Pathetic.

  66. packa7x says: Feb 13, 2011 9:30 AM

    @Katmandu

    Usually the team that is LOSING doesn’t have CONTROL. It’s called momentum. That momentum was LOST when Clay Matthews FORCED a fumble. Great play by him, not much Mendenhal could have done. Had the Packers scored on those 2 deep balls were looking at 45 points for the Pack. So no “ifs”. Forcing turnovers is a plus too idk what you don’t understand. Ben stared down his WR on the first INT, Howard Green hit bens arm…Collins read it the whole way. Textbook. Ben threw a bad pass over the middle, Bush was aggressive. Textbook. Mendenhal was stood up by Pickett, Matthews comes in and lays a perfectly placed hit on his arm. Textbook. Idk what “breaks” you’re talking about. But I guess I’ll take my “trophee” and go home. I’ll put it with my other 12 “trophees” and cry about the fact that even with 13 titles, the Packers aren’t “premiere”

  67. stellarperformance says: Feb 13, 2011 9:33 AM

    When a running back that has only two fumbles in nearly three-hundred carries gets utterly pasted by the guy that SHOULD have won the DPY, with the game on the line, puts the ball on the ground, only to be recovered by GB, which led to a powerful drive for a TD and substantial cushion, that tells you all the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s that you need. The Packers weren’t “lucky” and the Steelers didn’t give it away “by not playing their game.”

    They got beaten….by a better team. It’s that simple. That doesn’t mean the Steelers aren’t any good…just not good enough.

  68. stellarperformance says: Feb 13, 2011 9:44 AM

    katmanduu says: Feb 13, 2011 6:50 AM
    Any idiot who watched the game could see that the Steelers had the game in control going into the 4′th quarter.
    AND THE PACKERS HAD CONTROL FOR QUARTERS 1, 2, AND 4….

    Had they scored and put the Packers behind, that game was over.
    THEY DIDN’T

    But Mendenhall fumbled that away. Let’s be honest guys, the Packers got the breaks, but they were dominated sans the turnovers.
    THE PACKERS CREATED THE TURNOVERS

    Take your trophee and go home….
    WE WILL

    still got a ways to go to catch the premiere franchise in the NFL….
    AND WHO WOULD THAT BE?

  69. packersrule12 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:46 AM

    “Big Ben won’t go out like that you can bank on it.”
    —-
    I was thinking more like hand cuffs.

  70. countyk66ers says: Feb 13, 2011 9:53 AM

    Steeler fans need to get it straight, the Packers caused the turnovers not the Steelers made turnovers.

  71. jamson64 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:01 AM

    Packa7X

    Most of your points are right on but I take exception to your point that those are your trophies. Puhleez. The players won them.

  72. jamson64 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    Stellar your point is correct.

  73. tdurk34 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:08 AM

    Curious, will there be a follow up post to explain why this matters? It is sort like, between the Super Bowl and the draft Mike has a rough time coming up with things to post so he makes crap up!!

  74. jamson64 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:10 AM

    Reed-Hello -you act as if the Steelers were posers but the Packers won by less than a touchdown.

    If the Steelers were so undeserving the score differential should have been wider.

    So is your point a slam against the Steelers? The packers? Or both?

    BTW the Packers won and deservedly so.

    Go Steelers.

  75. nickynick04 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:13 AM

    If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle……

  76. richm2256 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:18 AM

    They don’t award trophies for “ifs”……. they award them for “did”.

    The Packers DID force three turnovers, they didn’t just “happen”.

    The Packers DID keep Roethlisberger contained in the last two minutes of the game.

    The Packers – whether they were “dominated” or not – DID score more points than Pittsburgh.

    The officials called a pretty even game, both sides had key players out, and Pittsburgh coughed up the ball three times when the Packers forced them to.

    Steeler fans need to stop whining and making excuses and “but, but, buts”. Your team lost, accept it and stop looking for excuses why they weren’t the better team on Sunday. Roethlisberger – your “elite” hero – failed to get the job done, and in the end THAT is the reason they lost. He had two minutes, and couldn’t get it done like the great ones do.

  77. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 10:45 AM

    @reedhof20 …

    Oh, I’m the unsportsmanlike ass? Guess you missed the part in that post where I credited Green Bay’s defense with causing those turnovers … just like I’ve always praised Ed Reed even when Ravens fans said he was washed up … and was on last night defending Stallworth. You have no idea what sportsmanship is.

    @30ptbuck … You’ll find plenty of posts on PFT where I’m defending the Steelers but not one where I’m hating on anyone other than Roger Goodell or making excuses for a loss. And one thing I don’t worry about is whether people think I’m smart … just like I’m sure pervy doesn’t worry about whether you think he’s a man. :roll:

    @keythe629 … Reality check. The side judge blew the whistle early because he couldn’t see the ball pop out from his vantage. But the camera showed the last person with hands on the fumble before the pileon was Roethlisberger. If the refs hadn’t wrongly told him to let go, it still would have been a Steelers TD. As it was, the Dolphins got the ball back with two and a half minutes needing only a field goal to win. You went three and out, and have only yourselves to blame for not getting it done. Man up and stop whining.

  78. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    richm2256 says:
    They don’t award trophies for “ifs”…….
    The Packers DID force three turnovers
    The Packers DID keep Roethlisberger contained in the last two minutes of the game.
    The Packers – whether they were “dominated” or not – DID score more points than Pittsburgh.
    The officials called a pretty even game …
    Roethlisberger – your “elite” hero – failed to get the job done, and in the end THAT is the reason they lost. He had two minutes, and couldn’t get it done like the great ones do.
    ————————————————-
    Excellent comments for the most part. I haven’t made any excuses, or seen many other Steelers fans making excuses. We’ve pretty much universally said we were beated and congratulated the Packers. You commented on that yourself the other night. People like Wisconsin77 get old after a while. They’re like the Jets were when they beat the Pats, you should be able to relate to that. At some point you just want to spray a fire hose on them.

    The only thing I’d disagree with you about is placing all the blame on Roethlisberger. You win as a team, you lose as a team. It’s never one person’s glory or one person’s fault. Ben had a lousy game. Other than that drive in SBXLIII, the Super Bowl just doesn’t appear to be his game. But I’m not one who’s been arguing that he’s Hall-worthy … yet.

    The only Steeler I have hard feelings toward is Keyaron Fox. When your team is down by six and gets the ball back at the two-minute warning needing to drive the length of the field in the Super Bowl, that is not the time to hit an opponent. That personal foul pushed us back halfway to the goal line. No, I don’t think that cost us the game. We started with similar field position on the last drive of SBXLIII. But his behavior was completely self-centered with no thought for the team or what was happening in the game, and I have no patience with that.

  79. packa7x says: Feb 13, 2011 11:52 AM

    @Jamson64

    Haha I know dude…figure of speech…pretty much threw that in to point out his gross misspelling of trophy.

  80. holeinone09 says: Feb 13, 2011 12:04 PM

    Wow. I wonder if this is the first time in the history of football that a team didn’t score for almost 4 quarters while giving up points? And, only lost the Super Bowl by one score? Guess what, the season is over, the Steelers unfortunately didn’t play well enough to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers committed 3 turnovers and gave up 21 points off of them, the Packers made less mistakes and won by 6, and that is about it. The rest of it is just noise.

    I was happy to watch the Steelers play in that many meaningful games this year, as most teams are done after 16. From what I have seen, most Steeler fans have made no excuses and have taken things in stride. The ones that still moan about games that were played years ago, or whose teams didn’t smell the playoffs but continue to bash the Steelers, now they appear to have a problem.

    The Steelers have a pretty good young nucleus still on the roster. The WRs look like they can be rally good. Ben needs to have a nice relaxing quiet offseason and come back focused with another year of maturity. And they need to get some help at OL, DB and DL in the draft.

    GO STEELERS!!

  81. CKL says: Feb 13, 2011 12:08 PM

    Just a general comment this story made me think of : so many cliches in the NFL/beliefs I have had seem to have taken a beating recently. For example, “it’s good to be a hot team going into and through the playoffs”. Well last year’s Saints lost 3 in a row to close out the season and won the SB. This year’s Steelers weren’t exactly dominant down the stretch but got to the SB. My Pats finished well this year winning every single game after the Cle game (and most of them decisively) & got utterly manhandled in the playoffs.

    One of the only cliches that stands the test of time (besides defense wins championships) is “any given Sunday”.

  82. gairzo says: Feb 13, 2011 12:16 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Responses from a DIE HARD Steeler fanatic…

    thetooloftools says:
    Feb 12, 2011 8:45 PM
    I thought by “rough stretch” you meant a certain player was using “ribbed” condoms now.

    I don’t care who you root for, that is hilarious, my brother, almost fell off my chair laughing.

    HEY STEELER FANS:

    Please stop being whiny biotches, pleeeeeease…

    Read this guys post:

    sacram3ntal says:
    Feb 12, 2011 9:56 PM
    Look- enough with the bit about “Packers only won because the Steelers turned the ball over…”
    as if those were unforced errors the Steelers made.

    The Packers TOOK THE BALL AWAY whenever they needed too- that’s what a great defense does.
    ============

    Well said, I’ve always believed good defensive coordinators should determine if any given turnover is a Giveaway or a Takeaway. That breakdown would give any DC a much cleare picture of his squad’s performance and effectiveness

    The Packers seized that game from the opening coin toss and Ben or our defense could never make the signature play to take it back.

    The Packers FORCED 3 turnovers. They dictated what Ben could and couldn’t do. They took the game away from Pittsburgh.

    They deserved to win. Congrats to the Pack.
    =============

    Stop whining Steeler Nation…It’s sounds so wimpy. Even this heartbreaking defeat cannot negate any of the following:

    In the last 40 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers…

    Have won…

    More AFC Championships and Super Bowls than any other team…

    The Black & Gold has been in more play-off games…

    Had more winning seasons…Division Titles…Regular Season & Playoff Wins than any other NFL Franchise.

    Pittsburgh also has earned the best regular season and playoff winning percentage. They have also sent the most players to the Pro Bowl.

    The Cowboys have had exactly one more playoff berth than the Steelers.

    The above data strongly indicates the Steelers are the Gold Standard of the NFL.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_standings_since_AFL-NFL_merger

    No team has ranked higher team defense over the last 40 years than the Men of Steel.

    Since the merger, The Steeler fielded…

    The NFL’s best defense in 7 different years

    2 of those top ranked defenses rank as the greatest of all-time.

    21 Top Five Defenses

    25 Top Ten

    Steeler fans….You can’t win every year. Green bay outplayed and outcoached us.

    GIVE THE PACK THEIR DUE. THEY EARNED IT!

  83. steelernation1 says: Feb 13, 2011 12:42 PM

    @Wisconsin77 says: Feb 12, 2011 7:22 PM

    lol, the excuses never stop. Steelers never had a chance against the Packers.

    If the Pack didn’t drop 7 balls, lose its 2nd best WR at the beginning of the game and the best defensive player towards the end of the first half, the Packers BLOW OUT the Steelers whether they played their A game or not.

    are you serious?obviously you watched the game while wasted.if the Steelers didnt give up 3 turnovers the Packers are the ones who woulda lost that game…only reason the had 21 points to start the game is because of 2 bad throws and a fumble.so dont come off making the packers as though they completely dominated that game cause they didnt…and that goes for any other pathetic Packer fan and anti steelers out there…

    stats speak for themselves total yards steelers time of possession steelers..so how do you cal that outcoached?lol…..and chances of packers repeating will never happen so get that out of your head already..

    oh and you can all say all you want we kicked your ass or this or that..was far from asskicking…they also let the steelers back in the game even after the 3 blunders ..so quit acting like they dominated when they didnt,,

    because for one if the packers woulda lost we all would hear oh we dropped 7 passes or the refs helped the steelers..so stop with the pathetic comments already…its over its done just be ready for a long layoff…cause that my friend is coming…

    so get over the game already they won they celebrated grats to the Packers but not the fans they didnt win anything..

  84. brockington42 says: Feb 13, 2011 12:58 PM

    Steelers only played 2 teams with top-10 passing offenses and lost them both (GB and NO).

    Their D is built to beat teams like Baltimore, with Flacco-like QBs. That’ll win you a weak Div but not much more.

    Don’t know what their schedule is like next year, but they better get ready for lots of 4- and 5- wideouts coming at them. Polamalu might want to brush up on his coverage skills this off-season.

  85. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 2:00 PM

    @brockington42 …

    Like I said … all the props in the world to your defense for netting you 21 points on turnovers. Glad I actually watched the game.

  86. fancyleague says: Feb 13, 2011 2:39 PM

    Man, I used to have a ton of respect for Packer fans. That has all dried up and rolled away like a moldy cheese.

    You can say the Packers beat the Steelers fair and square. You can’t say the Packers are clearly the better team and there was no chance the Steelers could’ve won. It was a six point win in which the losing team had the ball with two minutes left. One drive would’ve made the Steelers “clearly the better team”.

    Packer fans need to celebrate a close win and feel good about the season. Steeler fans aren’t making excuses. They are pointing the finger at their own team, the way the fans of any losing team should do (this means you too, Seahawk fans). Don’t spoil the moment with crap like this. You’re assuming that you’ll be in the Super Bowl every year for the next decade. I know that feeling. It’s false though. For all we know, neither team could reach the Super Bowl for another thirty years. Enjoy this Super Bowl. No one is taking anything away from the accomplishment.

  87. badfish6907 says: Feb 13, 2011 2:47 PM

    The team that makes more plays is usually the one that wins right? That was the Packers last Sunday. They made more plays and less mistakes and they are the Super Bowl champs.

    I do give the Steelers credit for not giving up. Great teams come back from adversity. They fought back into it, but when a big play was needed on 3rd down, Rodgers made it, and the defense stepped up and stopped Big Ben.

    Excuses are for poor losers.

  88. debthebusybody says: Feb 13, 2011 3:12 PM

    “The only Steeler I have hard feelings toward is Keyaron Fox. ”

    “But his behavior was completely self-centered with no thought for the team or what was happening in the game, and I have no patience with that.”

    Good post…I am sure he cares what you think. Poor kid is probably losing sleep thinking about YOUR post.

  89. brockington42 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:59 PM

    GB WRs owned Pgh’s DBs. That’s why they played them as they did, blunting P’malu and the LBs.

    All I’m saying is that vs top-11 passing O’s last year, Pgh was 0-3 – and it wasn’t even very close. (NE is no. 11)

    Just trying to help. They’re awfully good vs Flacco, though, I’ll hand em that.

  90. axespray says: Feb 13, 2011 6:27 PM

    Pretty sure it’s Football, every team has to overcome the rough stretch….I’m pretty sure Green Bay had a tougher stretch, having to go on the road to philly (nfc’s no.1 ranked offense), go to atlanta(matty ice? lol), and then go to chicago (cold as crap), and then line up and have to beat the Freaking Steelers(no.1 defense) in a Superbowl…..

    I don’t see any of our dudes complaining….and I’m sure none of pittsburgh’s guys are complaining….it’s great getting to the superbowl, I’ll take the rough stretch any time as long as we win the big one.

  91. mrhappy2000 says: Feb 13, 2011 8:21 PM

    @sacram3ntal

    Ben himself took a lot of blame for the loss – he missed wide open Heath Miller and Mike Wallace for what would most likely have been touchdowns (the Wallace play easily would have) or it would definitely have been a different game. Other than the Mendenhall fumble, the other turnovers were pretty bad gaffs by Ben.

    However, he has also been spectacular in many big games (many of them while playing with significant injuries) so it’s difficult not to categorize him as a top quarterback.

  92. richm2256 says: Feb 13, 2011 8:56 PM

    @Deb; for the most part, Steeler fans have indeed been pretty good about the Super Bowl loss, as were many Pats fans to the Jets. But I’ve been seeing more and more of the “ifs and buts” crowd popping up, and that just won’t fly.

    Regarding Ben….. normally you could say “you win as a team”, but really, Steelers fans had him enshrined in Canton before the game was played. He was tabbed an “elite” quarterback on a par with Brady, Montanna, Bradshaw et al. Saw many, many comparisons before the SB.

    If the fans and the press are going to lay that mantle at his feet, then sorry, you have to lay the failure of that final drive there as well.

    We have seen countless great quarterbacks over the last 50 years make that final drive a dagger into the opponents hearts. That’s what makes them “elite”.

    Roethlisberger failed on that drive …. no two ways about that. he didn’t step up and make the plays to sustain a game winning drive.

    It’s on HIM.

    And coupled with the first ring he didn’t earn, he’s been exposed as a pretty good QB at making busted plays work on the fly, and benefitting from a traditionally solid defense.

    An “elite” quarterback, he ain’t.

  93. richm2256 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:13 PM

    Deb says:
    Like I said … all the props in the world to your defense for netting you 21 points on turnovers. Glad I actually watched the game.
    ————————————————–
    Oh, I beg to differ, again ….. is THIS how Steelers fans see the world today???

    The Packer’s defense didn’t “net” them 21 points, Steelers fans …. they only “netted” them 7.

    The Packers offense had to go out and EARN the rest themselves, which they did, as the Steeler’s defense failed to stop Aaron Rodgers & Co.

    Kind of a skewed vision of reality, Steelers fans. Almost absolves your defense of any blame for the points off of those turnovers.

    Not quite the way it really happened, is it?!!

  94. dmobey says: Feb 13, 2011 9:26 PM

    +99999999999999999999999999999999999

    Except, haven’t you heard? Deb’s a football expert. Just ask her.

    **************************************8

    reedhof20 says:
    Feb 12, 2011 11:21 PM
    Hey Deb – YOU are the unsportsmanlike ass. When Pittsburg scores off of three turnovers it is because they are the greatest defense of all time – but when someone does it to you it is because…why? Because “you” turned it over? Rightttt. No, it is because they took it from you – like when someone finally beats up the bully in the school yard – it is because the 2010 version of the Steelers was a fraud. They were seriously OVERRATED. And yes Deb – the Ravens were a fraud this year too – way overrated. The reality is that many years someone gets there that is in over their head…see Seattle 2005 and Chicago 2006. I do not care how many wrings they have – this year the Steelers were a fraud – and as soon as the rest of the league catches on that Big Ben is smoke and mirrors – his demise will commence as well. The chinks in the armor just get bigger once they are established – Manning will never be the same after his picks against the Saints – nor will your beloved Big Ben and the rest of your squad as presently constructed. Have a nice offseason

  95. dmobey says: Feb 13, 2011 9:34 PM

    For a self proclaimed football expert, Deb, you really don’t know the game very well do you?

    You see, a touchdown is only worth 7 points, which is what the GB defense scored.

    All the other points were scored by the GB offense.

    In fact on 1 TD the GB offense had to drive 50 yards and on the other about 70 yards.

    But keep making excuses for the rapist who lost the game for you.

    ************************************
    Deb says:
    Feb 13, 2011 2:00 PM
    @brockington42 …

    Like I said … all the props in the world to your defense for netting you 21 points on turnovers. Glad I actually watched the game.

  96. dmobey says: Feb 13, 2011 9:38 PM

    Let’s just hope Karma keeps punishing the team and city who protects and celebrates a rapist.

  97. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 9:45 PM

    @richm2256 …

    Oh good grief, I’m not getting into that whole “elite” debate again. Labels are silly. My opinion of Roethlisberger as a player is the same as it’s always been. He has natural gifts that can’t be taught. Take those gifts, surround them with the right talent, and you have a winning combination. As a QB, he’s been good for the Steelers and they’ve been good for him. It was a perfect pairing.

    But for Ben to step up to the next level as an elite talent in his own right–separate from the talent that surrounds him–he has to take those natural gifts and polish them. You do that by studying film and working on technique. Those are things Ben hasn’t been willing to do, in part because his early success made him think it wasn’t necessary and in part because he was afraid of screwing up the funky ad libbing that’s been a big element of his success. The work he did with the QB coach during his suspension taught him that he can fine-tune his throwing motion without undermining his ability to improvise. If he takes this loss and his other issues seriously and starts studying film and doing the work, there’s no limit to where his talent can take him.

    You sell him short because you don’t like him. But no one gave him SBXL. He had a bad game, but we wouldn’t have gotten there without him. He made the clutch play to win SBXLIII. And he did what was necessary to get us there this year. It’s unfortunate that people got caught up in that Hall of Fame nonsense before the Super Bowl because he probably tapped into some of it. But at least now he knows he still has more to prove.

  98. steelcurtainn says: Feb 13, 2011 9:46 PM

    “an “elite qb Big Ben isn’t “YET”. I do for one agree he could of won the game on that last drive and didnt.

    Big Ben against Seattle did have a poor game but people keep forgetting that was only 2nd year and the steelers were able to win the bowl. Big
    Ben isn’t in elite status yet but 3 superbowls in his first 7 years is a great accomplishment.
    He’s on track to elite status. IMO 1 more superbowl win before his career is over will put him in that status. Big Ben will win another superbowl before its all over. 3 superbowls is the magic # to elite status and he has plenty of years to do it.

  99. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 10:03 PM

    rich …

    We all sincerely congratulated Green Bay. I’m particularly happy for Darren Perry and Kevin Greene because that 1995 Steeler defense was very special to me and it warms my heart to know they finally got Super Bowl rings. But what more do you want?

    Nothing has creeped into our conversation. We’re doing what we do every year at this time: evaluating the health of our players going forward and our needs at various positions as we head toward the draft and free agency. I can’t help it if Green Bay fans want to interpret a report on Harrison’s surgery as Steelers fans making excuses. I have no idea why Pats and Packers fans are trolling our threads on draft needs and injury status. Couldn’t care less about your teams in those regards. But we’re not going to remain silent about injuries and draft needs just to make you happy. Life goes on.

    As for my comment … that’s the way I saw it. I thought we were flat on offense, defense, and special teams, so that wasn’t intended to as any kind of excuse about the Steelers. It was simply props to the guys I felt deserved it. Told my brother after the game I was shocked to hear Rodgers had over 300 yards because he made absolutely no impression on me while the game was in progress. All I noticed was their defense, and I came away feeling their defense won the game. If you don’t like that, too bad. I’m entitled to my opinion.

  100. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 10:24 PM

    @rich and dmobey …

    Incidentally, since literacy clearly isn’t your strong suit, I didn’t say their defense scored 21 points. The defense was responsible for 21 points.

    rich … I can’t believe I’ve wasted this much time on you :roll:

    dmobey … I can’t believe how much time you waste on me :lol:

  101. db105 says: Feb 14, 2011 2:11 AM

    4sacroc says:
    Feb 12, 2011 8:57 PM
    The better team won.
    ———————————————–
    The better coach won. The better QB won. The better Oline won. The better Defense won. The better kicker won. The better punter won. The better fans won.

    Simple Minds

  102. brockington42 says: Feb 14, 2011 9:15 AM

    @Deb

    But it wasn’t JUST turnovers that won the game. You would like to believe that the Steelers simply dropped the ball a few times without any reason on their own 1 yd line and GB, hapless as they are offensively, just took advantage and scored.

    But the Steelers got the ball several times at or near midfield after poor punts, bad KO coverage, phantom (cough-cough) penalty. Did they score 21 pts? No, they didn’t — neither their Defense nor the Offense put the points on the board. What diff does it make if you get the ball in great field position after a TO or a kick? Maybe GB fans should go back and look at Pgh field position and then dismiss all their offensive production as Special Teams points.

    The only dropped for no reason plays were made by GB. The game you and I both watched was just 1 dropped pass away from an Atlanta style blowout. Unlike the Pgh TOs, these drops were not caused by the Steelers in any way. WRs were open, passes were there, guy dropped ball. Now compare that to Ben’s first INT and Mendy’s fumble. Oh, yeah, on Mendy’s fumble the Steelers started around midfield.

    It’s gotta be hard being a Steelers fan when everybody loves jumping down their throats. It’s only because they are perceived as winning many games unfairly, and there is little doubt that this is true. Although the league appears to have cleaned up their reffing starting at about mid-season (it took 18 penalties for the Bears to beat GB in the opener, for example), Steelers still got the only controversial calls in the SB. If these are honest, they should eventually even out, but not in Pgh’s case.

    Remember last year and Ben’s non-fumble caused by Matthews? I still get a chuckled out of that one. Who you gonna believe, the ref’s long-winded madeuponthespot rule or your own lying eyes? The Miami fumble this year? List goes on.

    Anyway, better luck next year. Hope the Steelers are eliminated early because I hate having to watch RefBall.

  103. packa7x says: Feb 14, 2011 10:10 AM

    @steelernation1

    It’s obvious to me you’ve never even watched football. “MAN IF IT WEREN’T FOR 3 PLAYS THAT WERE DUE TO PLAYER MISTAKES WE WOULD HAVE WON!”

    INT 1–Ben stares down WR, Ben pumps twice giving S Nick Collins an idea of where he’s going. Collins begins to break on the ball. Holding the ball deep in his own endzone, Roethlisberger continues to stand there like a statue. Finally, after the two pumps he decides to throw to the ONE WR he was staring down. By this time big Howard Green bursts through the line and gets his arm on Ben’s forcing the throw to be off target and short. Nick Collins, watching Ben’s eyes saw this from a mile away and was able to cradle the ball and bring it back for 6. Textbook offense being outcoached by the defense

    INT2–Ben waits too long, throws over the middle. Jarrett Bush (4th corner mind you) is able to break on the ball and be aggressive. Pair that with Ben’s pass being a little off target and you have yourself an INT.

    FUM–Mendenhall is taking a sweep out right, Ryan Pickett goes low and holds him up. Being a smart defender, Clay Matthews lowers his shoulder and puts a perfectly placed shot on Mendenhall’s forearm. The ball pops out and there are 2 or 3 Steelers standing around as a convoy of Packers swarm the ball.–Outcoached.

    Now let’s go back to your statement “the stats speak for themselves”. Anyone who knows anything about football…or anyone who knows ANYTHING for that matter knows this. Usually the team TRAILING is trying to MOVE the ball. Usually the team LEADING is trying to waste time. Of COURSE the Steelers are going to have more yards they were LOSING.

    The Packers were 2 plays away from making this a blowout. Credit to the Steelers for keeping it close, but the Packers clamped down when needed. Rodgers took a drive in the 4th Quarter for the field goal. He was smart. He didn’t force anything, he took what the defense gave him. It ended in a field goal and that was the difference between Ben having to go down the field and score a TD or a FG. You guys lost, got outplayed, and got outcoached. You guys couldn’t stop Rodgers all night. He dominated you. Our defense confused Roethlisberger and he looked raw out there.

  104. buckfigben says: Feb 14, 2011 4:51 PM

    The Steelers played 3 halves of football in 3 games.

    You don’t usually win when you play 30 minutes a game.

  105. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 5:05 PM

    @brockington42 …

    I’ve tried several times to answer your post regarding my comment about the defense, but I’m being deliberately censored. It’s sad that the powers at PFT will not put through a post that has no obscenities and does nothing but compliment the defensive play of the Packers. Apparently NBC has an agenda to make it appear as thought Steelers fans are bad-mouthing your team and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s really disturbing.

  106. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 5:28 PM

    @brockington42 …

    Since I can find no logical reason for the censors to keep deleting this post, I’m going to keep posting it on PFT threads until it goes through. Barring that … I’m going to start posting it as an editorial on other sites with the question “Why do you suppose PFT is censoring this post?” When people come to this site and see the abundance of rape joke, I’m sure they’ll wonder the same thing. :roll:

    @brockington42 …

    Sweetheart, can you read? I said our offense was flat, our defense was flat, and our special teams were flat. So nowhere did I suggest that we were on top of our game but for oops! these inexplicable little fumbles. I saw the flatness when the Steelers ran onto the field and knew it was going to be a long night. The only Steelers I felt played well were Legursky and Hines Ward, although it’s not Wallace’s fault that Ben overthrew him. Our defense had a bad night. Roethlisberger had a terrible night. I’m proud they actually made a game of it.

    And no, darlin’, I don’t think turnovers just happen. I know a lot of female fans are all caught up in those high-flying quarterbacks. But I was raised on Bear Bryant and the Steel Curtain. It’s all about smashmouth running and defense for me. I’ve been giving your defense credit because I know they created the turnovers and shut down any chance for the kind of magic final drive we had in SBXLIII.

    Legursky handled Raji, but Matthews was brilliant in playing Roethlisberger (which shows what film study can do). That first pick six was a combination of pass rush and a savvy, opportunistic free safety who followed Ben’s every move. Think about the score. That play was the difference in the ballgame. If I’d gotten to pick the MVP, Matthews and Collins would have shared the award. But then, if I’d gotten to pick the MVP in SBXLIII, it would have gone to James Harrison.

    I’m not selling your offense short, but giving credit where it’s due. Dom Capers has done a fabulous job with your defense–and I would expect no less. Kudos to Kevin Greene and Darren Perry, too. Don’t know why anyone would be offended to hear their defense praised. But like I said, I’m a defensive fan.

  107. Matt-NC says: Feb 15, 2011 7:46 AM

    Wow the sore losers are out in force with their crying towels.

    If the Packers didn’t…. If the Steelers did…..

    But the Packers DID and the Steelers DIDN’T.

    Your QB and coach both said the Steeler poor offensive performance was a result of the GB defense. They clearly stated GB took it away. Steelers did NOT give it. I’m confident they know more about what happened than any of on the this board do.

    Ben-double-cheeseburger was throwing high the entire game because his receivers were not open. He tried beating Tramon Williams at the end of the game. He got the same result as the Eagles, Falcons, and Bears.

    It’s a kick in the gut but you lost the Super Bowl to a better team. I remember that sting in ’97. That feeling passes faster if you put away the excuses.

    Packers are world champs. Steelers are #2.

  108. Deb says: Feb 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    Matt-NC says:
    Your QB and coach both said the Steeler poor offensive performance was a result of the GB defense. They clearly stated GB took it away. Steelers did NOT give it.
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    If you’ll read my post PFT finally let through at 5:28 p.m.–after hours of deleting it–you’ll see that is exactly what I tried to say all day yesterday. For some reason, brockington42 was offended by those compliments to your defense. I still don’t know why PFT kept pulling that post … just like I don’t know why I’m bothering to write this one when they’ll probably delete it, too. Apparently they’ve decided the quality of my writing isn’t good enough for the site :roll:

  109. steelersmichele says: Feb 15, 2011 5:30 PM

    terrellblowens says: Nobody remembers Super Bowl losers as a part of NFL history. All that matters is who won it all, and that’s the end of story.

    I completely agree with you. Unfortunately, I have to say you’re wrong: For some reason, everyone seems to remember the Seahawks LOST Super Bowl XL.

  110. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 18, 2011 12:05 AM

    Little torn here. On the one hand, I just want to say, hey, but the Steelers didn’t make the plays at the end, so why bother with these “what if” scenarios?

    On the other hand, we have all these Wisconsin whiners getting all defensive as their bubble is burst. The one that says they “dominated” and “had it all the way” when in fact they were collectively crapping their pants right before Mendenhall’s fumble. And again reaching for the Immodium as Ben got the ball for the last time, with a real chance to win.

  111. quittsburghsquealers says: Feb 19, 2011 3:51 AM

    “Tough stretch”?

    Aww, poor babies…

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