Steelers curiously ditch “Renegade” video in playoff game

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One key aspect of the Steelers’ home-field advantage is the highlight video usually played at the end of the third quarter.  But on Saturday night against the Ravens, the montage set to the Styx song Renegade wasn’t played.

The Ravens noticed.

“I’ve been here for 12 years now and we’ve been winning a game and they play their little music,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said after the game, via the Baltimore Sun.  “We didn’t hear it this year, so I was like, ‘Oh, maybe they’ve got something new.’

“They play their song and then something terrible happens, and it was something usually we couldn’t overcome.  But we didn’t get to hear it, and we stayed the course.”

“It is not always played right at the end of the third quarter,” a Steelers spokesman told PFT via email.  “Depends on the game situation to be honest.  That’s how it always has been.”

Apparently, in some game situations (like Saturday night), it’s not played at all.

The last time the Steelers hosted the Ravens in the playoffs, Renegade made an appearance. And as this video made by a fan at the game shows, it got the place cranked up. Tied 21-21 after three quarters, Pittsburgh won the game, 31-24.

This time around, the Steelers trailed 20-9. But they got a spark at the start of the fourth quarter, even without the Renegade moment.  A Ravens fumble at the 11:59 mark resulted in a 44-yard bomb to Antonio Brown followed by a touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant, cutting the deficit to 20-15 with plenty of time left.

Maybe that’s when Renegade should have played.  On the next drive, the Ravens drove for a field goal.  Three plays later, Suggs intercepted quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  One play later, the Ravens scored a touchdown and the game — and the season — was over.

54 responses to “Steelers curiously ditch “Renegade” video in playoff game

  1. Good to know my high school years are being relived, three minutes at a time, 10 times a year in Pittsburgh. 11 times if they host a playoffs game. Oops, never mind.

  2. fire the person responsible. that song absolutely has to be played. that and tomlins idiotic use of his timeouts cost us the game, as tomlins moronic strategy to not use a timeout with three minutes left in the 1st half against tampa bay also cost us a game and probably a bye week as well. hes great with players but is absolutely the worst strategist in the league.

  3. They’ve been ditching things for the last few decades. First it was smart fans. Then it was QBs who didn’t harass women. Then it was good football altogether. This was the next step.

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  4. oh yeah, and haley, when you throw a bomb on 1st down and dont complete it, the whole world knows your coming back up the middle with a run on 2nd down and passing on 3rd. and can you please stop going empty backfield on 3rd and manageable, you have to at least leave the possibility of a run or else the defense knows your throwing. your play calling needs to improve or it will be the same next year, if were lucky

  5. On a related note it’s been several years since Tim Tebow beat the steelers in the playoffs and they have had only one winning season since (playing the easiest schedule of any NFL team that year) and o playoff wins. Oh and the steelers were Flaccoed in their last playoff game after Steeler fans proclaimed all week the game was basically a bye week. Actually it turned out to be a bye week as in “bye bye ” out of the playoffs!

  6. It’s interesting that Suggs noticed they didn’t play it, so it clearly was on his mind and he seemed conditioned to have feelings of apprehension and anxiety. Perhaps that would have changed his mindset if he heard it shortly before the INT he made.

  7. Maybe, with the way the Steelers played, they should have played “Babe” by Styx instead. Now they’ll have to “try, best as they can, to caaaaaaarry on!”

  8. Try these tunes for the 2016 STOOLERS:
    1- “96 TEARS”
    2- “CRY ME A RIVER”
    3- “CRY BABY CRY”
    4- “CRYING IS FOR LOSERS”
    (AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE …)
    5-“YOU DIDN’T GET CHOKED-UP, YOU JUST C-H-O-K-E-D!!!

    BLACK&PURPLE BLACK&PURPLE BLACK&PURPLE

  9. Raven fans probably don’t realize this, but a lot of us Steeler fans root for the Ravens when we aren’t playing them. The Ravens are the team that reminds me the most of the Steelers’ style of play, and you have a lot of high character guys there including your coach.

    So, good luck in New England! Nothing on Earth is more fun than watching Tom Brady turn into Mr. Sad Face at the end of another big playoff loss to an underdog. Here’s hoping Suggs gets to turn him into a pretzel a few times just for laughs.

  10. i think they’ve realized that since the ravens broke the dreaded “curse” of the terrible towel when they won XLVII, using gimmicks against them is futile.

    and besides, don’t the steelers have bigger roethlisburgers to fry right now? they got beat like a rented car saturday night, and their problems for the season have just begun; a defence that got shredded by “Jump Ball Joe” that’s headlined by two first round picks whose names i can’t remember and players they didn’t want to re-sign and/or are retired, an offensive line that had their lunch eaten all day, and little room under the cap (including $8.5mil going into the pocket of lamarr “joe flacco and the ravens will never win the super bowl cuz they gotta go through pittsburgh and that’s not gonna happen in this lifetime” woodley’s dead money).

    forecast isn’t looking too good in southwestern pennsylvania…

  11. When does the SFL start?? Where’s that guy that always posts about the Steelers Football League? Busy filling 3 rivers with his fellow Steelers trolls?

  12. Wow looks like the Steelers already have trolls scared about next year! I love coming on here and seeing all the Trolls trying to talk bad about the Steelers! It’s nice to know that jealousy is a huge sign of a winning team! Go Steelers!! I can’t wait to see next year and how great it’s going to be with the Four Killer B’s! Ben, Bell, Brown and now Bryant!!

  13. Only in Pittsburgh is a schlocky 40 year old rock song by a craptastic 70’s corporate rock band considered remotely hip and intimidating.

    Then again — this is a city that thinks fries and cole slaw on a ham & cheese sandwich is the apex of culinary innovation.

    They don’t call Pittsburgh, Pennsyltucky the “Paris of Appalachia” for nothing!

  14. Steelers have “Too Much Time on Their Hands” now for sure. (Sorry inspired by ravenlives from posts above) Ed Reed said on TV that the Ravens blast “Renegade” when practicing in prep for Pittsburg. Odd they wouldn’t use something that apparently is so impactful.

  15. It surprises me how little is focused and spent on getting fans riled up across the league. Everybody claims Seattle’s stadium design has an advantage but nobody has attempted to replicate it. I’m not a Steelers fan, but that video got me pumped up. The Chiefs have fallen on hard times besides last year and yet they have one of the loudest stadiums in the league. I can’t truly speak to my opinion because I haven’t been to every football stadium but I’ve seen many times on TV where the crowd is a non-factor and they should be.

    We are all crazy fans who go to great lengths to defend our team, just look at PFT comments. Why isn’t each team doing a better job marketing the fans impact?

  16. You’ve got to quit “Fooling Yourself”, these are not “The Best of Times” for the Steelers. Maybe if they had a “Crystal Ball” they would have decided to keep Gradkowski in after Ben was concussed. See, I can do it too!

  17. Seriously though, if your having protection issues, why go empty, telling them you’re passing?

  18. Ever since Lamarr Woodley’s “not in this lifetime” remarks on the NFL network (referring to if the Ravens would ever win the Super Bowl), the Ravens seem to have been intent on proving them wrong (and I’m neither a fan or detractor of either of these teams).

  19. The Steelers got one more win then I thought they would, also won the division title when I didn’t think it would happen. Bell getting injured was unfortunate but they didn’t show up to play in the first place. The defense wouldn’t allow a deep playoff run so they managed to save a couple draft spots.

  20. “As their playoff dreams seemed to just be a Grand Illusion”. Well played sir. I was at the game. Frankly, I don’t think the situation ever warranted a ‘Renegade moment’. If they pulled ahead, I think it would have happened the next Raven possession.

  21. Kremis, tell me how many losing seasons have the Steelers produced in the last 11 years? Let me help your hate filled eyes, zero. They also added 5 division titles, 4 AFC championship trips, 3 SB trips, and a 10-5 playoff record. 10-5 in the playoffs, better record then a lot of franchises. They missed the playoffs 4 time, the 2 years in a row half the other teams would kill to have that be their current drought. I know you hate because your jealous but get new material.

  22. Suggs recently revealed that the Ravens practice to the song to prepare for it. Their hope is that it has the same effect on them. May have something to do with why it wasn’t played. Explains why Suggs noticed it wasn’t played too.

  23. It is not just a song but a video montage of hard hits to pump up the crowd. I have seen it in person change games. This is a staple of Steelers home games and while it would not have changed the ultimate outcome, it still should have been played. .

  24. The power of Renegade in the past could not be argued. However, over the past few years it’s “power” has faded and i believe it’s in direct relation to the quality of the defense dwindling as well. I don’t think Renegade would have helped them much Saturday, really….I was at the Saints game this year and they had picked the perfect moment for Renegade, it was awesome, the place was jacked, then after a minimal gain, on a long third down, Brees dropped a 70-yard TD bomb on them and it killed the place. In years past, the talent on defense would have risen up and either sacked, picked, or defensed the ball, but not this year…I hate the Ravens but the reality is they are not intimidated by our Steelers at Heinz b/c there’s not much to be intimidated by currently…..Our Steelers have a lot of work to do this off-season, and generating an intimidating pass rush that makes Renegade magical again should be the priority. GO STILLERS!!

  25. Nice post apkyletexas.
    I have family and friends that are Steelers fans and over the years we both have come to respect one another’s team with pretty high admiration.

    Good luck to the Steelers going forward.

  26. The ravens theme song will be na-na-na goodbye after this weekend. They survived one lucky week but not two. Thank your lucky stars Le’veon Bell was out. It changed the game.

  27. Its a shame they cant remaster the 8 track of BTO’S..Takin care of business…played in the 70’s between qtrs.Had to be the reason for all those SB’s!!

  28. There are so many good rock guitar songs over the years, I can’t understand why they’re playing this retread stuff that has been beat to death.

    Crazy Train can go away anytime as well.

  29. darthravendarklordofthesmith, funny how that’s all Raven, Bengal, and Brown fans had said all last offseason, preseason, and regular season. A division title and a playoff appearance is nice, now it’s time to build on that.

  30. I’ll say right at the get go I hate the Steelers almost as much as I hate the Cowboys, but I noticed they just came out “flat”…and I can’t believe when the whole season is on the line you can’t give it you’re all out best effort – and they didn’t.

    I think it’s gonna be New England vs Seahawks in the bowl with the left coasters winning!

  31. Ravens are just better now……..sizzle owns big ben…..joe flacco has been better than big ben in the playoffs…..and mike tomlin reaped the benefits of bill cowher and now that cowher’s team is old and basically drying up….tomlin sucks….

  32. jumpnjiminy says:
    Jan 6, 2015 12:16 PM
    I’ll say right at the get go I hate the Steelers almost as much as I hate the Cowboys, but I noticed they just came out “flat”…and I can’t believe when the whole season is on the line you can’t give it you’re all out best effort – and they didn’t.

    I think it’s gonna be New England vs Seahawks in the bowl with the left coasters winning!

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    As a Steeler fan, I can tell you a lot of teams look “flat” when facing Suggs and Ngata and crew on defense. That is a formidable group – reminds me of when Casey Hampton, James Harrison, Polamalu and crew were young and destructive, and the Steelers had half their games won before stepping on the field.

    And I don’t think New England is going to any Super Bowl this year. They’ve got a good qb, a good cornerback, but a bad o-line, mediocre wideouts and a gimmicky defense. I’m thinking the Ravens are going to punch them in the mouth this weekend and might just take another one in New England. This could be the 6th time a lower ranked wildcard team has beaten New England in the playoffs in the past 8 years.

  33. apkyletexas says:
    Jan 6, 2015 12:53 PM
    jumpnjiminy says:
    Jan 6, 2015 12:16 PM
    I’ll say right at the get go I hate the Steelers almost as much as I hate the Cowboys, but I noticed they just came out “flat”…and I can’t believe when the whole season is on the line you can’t give it you’re all out best effort – and they didn’t.

    I think it’s gonna be New England vs Seahawks in the bowl with the left coasters winning!

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    As a Steeler fan, I can tell you a lot of teams look “flat” when facing Suggs and Ngata and crew on defense. That is a formidable group – reminds me of when Casey Hampton, James Harrison, Polamalu and crew were young and destructive, and the Steelers had half their games won before stepping on the field.

    And I don’t think New England is going to any Super Bowl this year. They’ve got a good qb, a good cornerback, but a bad o-line, mediocre wideouts and a gimmicky defense. I’m thinking the Ravens are going to punch them in the mouth this weekend and might just take another one in New England. This could be the 6th time a lower ranked wildcard team has beaten New England in the playoffs in the past 8 years.
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    Check your facts. New England has lost only three times to a lower ranked team in the playoffs since Belichick and Brady took over. Consider that with all of the trips to the Super Bowl they have made. What this speaks to is that they are always in the playoffs, and they are always one of the top two seeds, so any time you lose, the odds are going to be it was to a lower ranked team. That’s a lot better than making the wild card round a few times and scoring an upset or two. You can’t see the forest for the trees…..

  34. They also curiously ditched their offense and defense last game.

    And apkyle, spot on. It’s easy to root against the Ravens during the season, that’s just business. It’s also easy to root for them once my team is done.

  35. lanman11 says:

    Check your facts. New England has lost only three times to a lower ranked team in the playoffs since Belichick and Brady took over. Consider that with all of the trips to the Super Bowl they have made. What this speaks to is that they are always in the playoffs, and they are always one of the top two seeds, so any time you lose, the odds are going to be it was to a lower ranked team. That’s a lot better than making the wild card round a few times and scoring an upset or two. You can’t see the forest for the trees…..

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    2007 – lost to 10-6 Wildcard Giants
    2009 – lost at home to 9-7 Wildcard Ravens
    2010 – lost at home to 11-5 Wildcard Jets
    2011 – lost to 9-7 Giants
    2012 – lost at home to 10-6 Ravens

    All worse records, all underdogs.

  36. For what it’s worth as a Ravens fans my mentality is the same, inspite of the hatred that’s in our DNA for our division rivals, if we’re out, I want the other guys to win. I figure if they win, they’re upholding the reputation of the AFC North as a tough-as-nails division to play in. So even out of selfishness it makes sense to root for Pittsburg or Cincy had the chairs been flipped.

  37. No, sorry, never want the Steelers to win. The one bit of respect that I’ll give them, is, if they weren’t so good, I wouldn’t dislike them so much.

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