*VIDEO* Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Draft Class

Ryan Shazier – LB – Height: 6’1″ – Weight: 237 – Grade: A-

Stephon Tuitt – DE – Height: 6’7″ – Weight: 313 – Grade: A

Dri Archer – WR, RB, KR – Height: 5’8″ – Weight: 173 – Grade: A+

Martavis Bryant – WR – Height: 6’5″ – Weight: 211 – Grade: A-

Shaquille Richardson – CB – Height: 6’0″ – Weight: 194 – Grade: B

Wesley Johnson – OT – Height: 6’5″ – Weight: 297 – Grade: A-

Jordan Zumwalt – LB – Height: 6’4″ – Weight: 235 – Grade: B-

Daniel McCullers – DT – Height: 6’7″ – Weight: 352 – Grade: A

Rob Blanchflower – TE – Height: 6’4″ – Weight: 256 – Grade: C+


Doug’s NFL picks for week 3

Week 1 11-5

Week 2 12-4

Season 23-9

Now to this weeks games

Thursday Night

Chiefs 2-0 at Eagles 1-1 

I gotta go with the Eagles at home, and for Andy Reid to get booed by the classless Eagle fans

Sunday 1:00 games

Texans 2-0 at Ravens 1-1. 

Tough call, but I think the Super Bowl hangover continues, Texans

Giants 0-2 at Panthers 0-2

As much as I would love to say the 0-3 NY Giants, I think the G men rebound this week

Lions 1-1 at Redskins 0-2

Can RG3 get the Skins going? Can their defense stop anyone? No, Lions win

Chargers 1-1 at Titans 1-1

No one knows what these two teams are yet. The Chargers could easily be 2-0, the Titans could be as well. The Titans are at home, the Chargers are more talented. Let’s go Titans

Cards 1-1 at Saints 2-0.

Let me say it like this, Saints big!

Bucs 0-2 at Pats 2-0

The Bucs are the team least deserving of being 0-2, the pats the least deserving of being 2-0, so of course Pats win likely in a fluky fashion

Packers 1-1 at Bengals 1-1. The Packers  are legitimate contenders, the Bengals are the worst dressed team in the NFL not named Jaguars. So I am going with the contender over the fashion felonies

Rams 1-1 at Cowboys 1-1

One thing about the Cowboys, they rarely lose two in a row. Of course, they rarely win two in a row either, but they beat the Cleveland LA St. Louis Cardinals ah Rams

Browns 0-2 at Vikings 0-2

An early matchup in the race for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Vikings roll. Cleveland is on the clock

Sunday 4:15 games

Falcons 1-1 at Dolphins 2-0

Apparently those newly redesigned Dolphin Unis with the fierce Dolphin are working. But Atlanta still wins

Bills 1-1 at Jets 1-1

The NFL is warning fans who are sensitive to bad football to avoid this game at all costs, sadly, I have to pick someone. And that someone is the Jets

Colts 1-1 at 49ers 2-0

The 49ers should win a close one

Jags 0-2 at Seahawks 2-0

The Jags will play in new helmets with 0-16 painted on them. Seattle will cuise

Sunday Night

Bears 2-0 at Steelers 0-2

Do not ask if the Bears are good enough to be 3-0, ask if Pittsburgh is bad enough to be 0-3. No way I can go against the Steelers here

Monday Night

Raiders1-1 at Broncos 2-0

The REAL question is not who wins, but if the Broncos put up 40 plus points again. Broncos big

Now, where the Hell were Ed’s pick last week?



Dougs NFL picks Week 14

And here is week 14

Skins over Ravens

Broncos over Raiders

Browns over Chiefs

Steelers over Chargers

Colts over Titans

Jags over Jets

Vikings over Bears

Falcons over Panthers

Bucs over Eagles

Bills over Rams

Cowboys over Bengals

Niners over Dolphins

Giants over Saints

Seahawks over Cards

Pack over Lions

Pats over Texans

Season 122-69

Week 13 10-6 Bleh!

Week 12 8-8!

Week 11 14-0! WAHOO!

Week 10 10-4

Week 9 11-3

Week 8 6-8 UGH

Week 7 picks 10-3

Week 6 Picks 9-5

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5


Dougs NFL picks, Week 9

I must be practicing for senility, I forgot to do these three times today!

Chargers over Chiefs

Ravens over Browns

Lions over Jaguars

Pack over Cards

Bears over Titans

Texans over Bills

Colts over Dolphins

Skins over Panthers

Bengals over Broncos

Giants over Steelers

Seahawks over Vikings

Bucs over Raiders

Falcons over Cowboys

Saints over Eagles

Season 69-48

Week 8 6-8 UGH

Week 7 picks 10-3

Week 6 Picks 9-5

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5


Dougs NFL picks, Week 8

Vikes  over Bucs

Jets over Dolphins 

Chargers over Browns

Titans over Colts

Pats over Rams

Pack over Jags

Eagles over Falcons

Steelers over Skins

Lions over Seahawks

Bears over Panthers

Chiefs over Raiders

Saints over Broncos

Cowboys over Giants

Niners over Cards

Season 63-40

Week 7 picks 10-3

Week 6 Picks 9-5

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5


Dougs NFL picks week 7

Niners Slap Seahwaks

Bills Bash Titans

Panthers Pounce on Cowboys

Texans Topple Ravens

Browns Best Colts

Vikes Victimize Cards

Giants Dwarf Skins

Pack Roast Rams

Saints Swamp Tampa Bay

Pats Paste Jets

Raiders Rout Jags

Steelers Slap Bengals

Bears Maul Lions

Season 53-37

Week 6 Picks 9-5

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5


Doug’s NFL Week 5 Picks

I almost forgot, but here we go

Cards rip Rams

Steelers slam Eagles

Giants dwarf Browns

Skin stun Falcons

Bengals make tuna out of Dolphins

Ravens scalp Chiefs

Panthers pounce on Seahawks 

Bears maul Jags

Pats bust Broncos 

Niners break Bills 

Titans violate Vikings

Saints electrocute Chargers

Texans down Jets

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5

Season 36-27 UGH!

NFL season kicks off shortly

The greatness of college football returned last week and this week, it is NFL time! Here are my picks and predictions for the eight division winners 

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

AFC East-Pats      NFC East- Cowboys

AFC North- Steelers    NFC North- Packers

AFC South- Texans      NFC South- Saints

AFC West- Chargers     NFC West- Niners

Week one picks, and yes, I am throwing down the challenge to all comers, ESPECIALLY you Ed Daley. Lets see who can pick more winners!

Giants over Cowboys 

Bears over Colts

Eagles over Browns

Titans over Pats

Falcons over Chiefs

Vikings over Jaguars

Saints over Redskins

Jets over Bills

Lions over Rams

Texans over Dolphins

Packers over Niners

Cardinals over Seahawks

Bucs over Panthers

Steelers over Broncos

Ravens over Bengals

Chargers over Raiders

I Blame God…

Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow Scores Another Miracle Victory, Beats Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlissberger In Overtime Of AFC Wild Card Playoffs – New York Daily News

Before the end of the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Church of the Holy Ghost on the quiet downtown corner of California and 18th, the Rev. Greg Cleveland, adorned in white-gold vestments for the Epiphany, stood behind a wooden lectern. He spread his arms out wide, welcoming all communicants, ranging from the Pittsburgh Steelers fan dressed in a black Troy Polamalu jersey to the Broncos’ fanatic in navy blue John Elway attire. Cleveland, absorbing the scene, issued a blessing upon the faithful.


“May we hope that Tebow has another miracle in him,” he said, referring to Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a devout Christian and mystical game manager.

The crowd laughed, applauded and listened still. Cleveland then trained his attention on the visiting Steelers and their sizable quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“The bigger the Ben, the harder they fall,” Cleveland said.

The Book of Tebow turned another page as afternoon cooled into night, re-routing a season seemingly derailed in recent weeks with a riveting 80-yard touchdown connection with wideout Demaryius Thomas for the game-winning touchdown. It was the final touch of a 29-23 overtime win that relied upon an aerial attack over the Steelers in a Wild Card game played out before 75,658 fans at Mile High.

Pittsburgh, hobbled by injuries, including Roethlisberger’s continued ankle issues, looked helpless in limiting Tebow, as the Broncos, champions of the AFC West, burst through the opening round to face the New England Patriots in Foxborough on Saturday night.

Tebow completed 10 of 21 pass attempts for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

The Broncos’ brain trust utilized Tebow in multiple formations, taking advantage of his left arm as much as his legs. The second-year quarterback received the majority of his snaps in the shotgun, shifted out wide as a receiver in a Wildcat package and maneuvered past defenders on quarterback keepers. He scrambled from pressure, scampered into the secondary on several read-option runs and altogether shook free from the league-wide scouting reports that declared him a liability in the passing game.

The game nearly turned on a running play by Broncos tailback Willis McGahee. Rushing right, McGahee was stripped by Steelers defensive back Ryan Mundy and linebacker LaMarr Woodley recovered the loose ball at the 44-yard line. Roethlisberger sacked for six yards on the subsequent first down, but, forever resilient, he maintained poise ni the pocket, finding former Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery for a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 23-23 with 3:48 remaining in the game.

Passing proved problematic early. His first two attempts fell incomplete; a third, to wideout Eric Decker, was first marked a nine-yard completion, only to be ruled a lateral by officials. He connected again with Decker on a crossing pattern for a 21-yard gain, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin challenged the reception and the referees overruled it. Worse still, Decker endured a knee injury and left the field. No matter. Tebow dropped a 53-yard pass in wideout Demaryius Thomas’s hands along the left sideline. Lance Ball rushed one yard before Tebow hit receiver Eddie Royal for a 30-yard score.

When it was over, Tebow and teammates circled around midfield as a fan behind the Steelers bench held up a sign with one word repeated three times.




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Steeler Running Back Mendenhall and his bin Laden Tweets

Pittsburgh Steelers #34 Rashard Mendenhall 201...

Oh boy, this guy is a talented back, but not too bright it would seem

Rashard Mendenhallhas created a stir with comments made on his official Twitter page regarding Osama bin Laden’s death.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back on Monday tweeted: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”

Wow! Is Mendenhall, actually saying we should not be celebrating the death of a vile, murderous terrorist? And Rashard we HAVE heard bib Laden speak, and seen his actions too. He was an evil monster and mass murderer!

Mendenhall didn’t hold back, even making a reference to the Sept. 11 attacks.

“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Oh, and he is a TRUTHER too! Somehow this does not shock me at all

The Steelers felt compelled to act. On Tuesday, team president Art Rooney II released a statement.

“I have not spoken with Rashard, so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments. The entire Steelers organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon.”

It would appear that Medenhall has some equally wacky views on what slavery was like

Mendenhall, who profiles himself as a “conversationalist and professional athlete” on his Twitter page, turned some heads in March, as well, when he supported a comment by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson comparing the NFL to “modern-day slavery.”

“Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel eachother,” Mendenhall posted at the time.

WTF? slavery was like being an NFL player? Good Freaking Grief! I wonder if he is related to this asshat?

How are we going to tolerate the Burri boys for the next two weeks?

Steve and Lance are Packer fans, Cheese Heads, you know good guys with questionable taste in football teams, and head gear. But, as much as I like these two, I am not looking forward to their big heads the next two weeks. And, as bad as their boasting will be, can you imagine how bad they will be after the Steelers punk the Packers? Maybe Lance and Steve could buy a Troy Polamalu wig and wear them? Hmmmm, here is a picture or two for the Burri boys to ponder, and, I guess a bit of Rule 5 for the ladies

Steelers Ground Jets To Advance To Super Bowl

Steelers Ground Jets To Advance To Super Bowl – Reuters

The Pittsburgh Steelers silenced the tough-talking New York Jets with a 24-19 victory in the AFC championship game Sunday, setting up a Super Bowl showdown with the Green Bay Packers.

While the Steelers and their fans celebrated a third trip to the Super Bowl in six years, the Jets were left crushed after seeing their season end with a defeat in the AFC title game for the second consecutive year.

“We knew we were going to have a chance to run the ball well,” said Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had 121 yards on 27 carries. “The offense, they controlled the line of scrimmage all game and we got a lot of movement and we were able to get up on them early.”

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 10 of 19 for 133 yards and ran for one touchdown as he improved his playoff record to 10-2.

The agonizing defeat ended a spectacular playoff run by the brash Jets, who travelled a treacherous path to reach the AFC Championship by recording road wins over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Steelers will now travel to Dallas for a February 6 meeting with the Packers, who booked their Super Bowl ticket earlier on Sunday with a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game.

The buildup to the AFC championship was strangely subdued, almost respectful, compared to the trash-talking and chest-thumping the Jets had engaged in ahead of their clashes with the Colts and Patriots.

The respect was well deserved as the Steelers scored on their first possession and never trailed after Roethlisberger engineered a time-crunching, nine-minute, 15-play scoring drive capped by Mendenhall diving over from the one.

In the second quarter, Shaun Suisham added a 20-yard field goal and on the next possession Roethlisberger scampered over from two-yards out to cap another clinical 66-yard drive to jump in front 17-0.

The Steelers top-ranked defense also got in on the action when Ike Taylor stripped New York quarterback Mark Sanchez of the ball and William Gay scooped up the loose ball and returned it 19 yards for another score.

With 14 seconds left in the half, Nick Folk finally put New York on the scoreboard with a 42-yard field goal.

The Jets then flew out of the half, Sanchez hooking up with Santonio Holmes for a 45-yard touchdown to trim the Pittsburgh advantage to 24-10.

Suddenly, a game that had threatened to become a rout was transformed into a nail-biter as the Jets took command in the second half.

The Jets put a scare into the crowd of 66,662 – the biggest to ever to attend a Steelers game – when they worked the ball down to the Pittsburgh one early in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers defense denied the Jets a touchdown but New York would not come away empty-handed, sacking Roethlisberger for a safety after Pittsburgh had regained possession.

There was more drama as the Jets rally continued, Sanchez hitting Jerricho Cotchery with a four-yard touchdown strike to trim the Steelers lead to 24-19 but the Steelers dug in and were able to run out the clock to clinch a nervous victory.

“We finished short again but I believe in our football team and I’ve got news for you, our expectations (next season) will be exactly the same and they should be,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

“We knew we’d come back. Everybody’s doubted us all year but we thought we could win the game. I said that going in halftime that we’d come back and we’d have opportunities to win it and we just came up short.”

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Ed’s NFL Playoffs Round 3 Picks


New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers


Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears – Packers

— Divisional Picks —


Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers

New York Jets @ New England Patriots – Patriots


Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons – Packers

Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears – Bears

— Wildcard Picks —


New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs – Ravens


New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks – Saints

Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles – Packers


— Week 17 Picks —

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns – Steelers
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions – Lions
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets – Jets
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos – Chargers
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans – Texans
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – Giants
St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks – Seahawks

— Week 16 Picks —

Carolina Panthers @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals – Cowboys
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills – Patriots
New York Jets @ Chicago Bears – Jets
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns – Ravens
Washington Redskins @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Redskins
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams – Rams
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals – Chargers
Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos – Texans
Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders – Colts
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles

— Week 15 Picks —

San Francisco 49ers @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens – Saints
Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers – Cardinals
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals – Browns
Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants – Eagles
Kansas City Chiefs @ St. Louis Rams – Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Falcons
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Green Bay Packers @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings – Bears

— Week 14 Picks —

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans – Colts
Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills – Browns
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Falcons
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions – Packers
Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins – Buccaneers
St. Louis Rams @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
Denver Broncos @ Arizona Cardinals – Broncos
New England Patriots @ Chicago Bears – Patriots
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets – Jets
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys – Eagles
New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings – Giants
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans – Ravens

— Week 13 Picks —

Houston Texans @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles
New Orleans Saints @ Cincinnati Bengals – Saints
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions – Bears
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Buffalo Bills @ Minnesota Vikings – Bills
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants – Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans – Jaguars
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals – Rams
Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks – Panthers
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – Steelers
New York Jets @ New England Patriots – Patriots

— Week 12 Picks —

New England Patriots @ Detroit Lions – Patriots
New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys – Saints
Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets – Jets
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills – Steelers
Carolina Panthers @ Cleveland Browns – Browns
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans – Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants – Giants
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins – Vikings
Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs @ Seattle Seahawks – Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears – Eagles
St. Louis Rams @ Denver Broncos – Broncos
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals – 49ers

— Week 11 Picks —

Chicago Bears @ Miami Dolphins – Bears
Baltimore Ravens @ Carolina Panthers – Ravens
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals – Bengals
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys
Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Browns
Arizona Cardinals @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – Packers
Houston Texans @ New York Jets – Jets
Oakland Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Washington Redskins @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers – Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Falcons
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots – Patriots
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers –Chargers

— Week 10 Picks —

Baltimore Ravens @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Detroit Lions @ Buffalo Bills – Lions
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears – Vikings
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns – Jets
Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Texans
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins – Titans
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos – Broncos
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals – Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants – Giants
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins – Eagles

— Week 9 Picks —

New York Jets @ Detroit Lions – Jets
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
New England Patriots @ Cleveland Browns – Patriots
San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans – Chargers
Chicago Bears @ Buffalo Bills – Bears
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers – Saints
New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks – Giants
Indianapolis Colts @ Philadelphia Eagles – Colts
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders – Chiefs
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals – Steelers

— Week 8 Picks —

Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers – 49ers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys
Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals – Dolphins
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions – Lions
Carolina Panthers @ St. Louis Rams – Rams
Green Bay Packers @ New York Jets – Jets
Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers – Titans
Minnesota Vikings @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals – Buccaneers
Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints – Steelers
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts

— Week 7 Picks —

Cincinnati Bengals @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins – Steelers
Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Cleveland Browns @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Washington Redskins @ Chicago Bears – Redskins
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers – 49ers
St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rams
Philadelphia Eagles @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks – Seahawks
New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers – Patriots
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos – Raiders
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys – Giants

— Week 6 Picks —

Miami Dolphins @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
San Diego Chargers @ St. Louis Rams – Chargers
Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots – Ravens
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans – Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ New York Giants – Giants
Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Falcons
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears – Bears
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Saints
New York Jets @ Denver Broncos – Jets
Oakland Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers – Raiders
Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ Washington Redskins – Colts
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Titans

— Week 5 Picks —

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills – Jaguars
Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins – Packers
St. Louis Rams @ Detroit Lions – Rams
Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers – Bears
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cincinnati Bengals – Bengals
Atlanta Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Falcons
New York Giants @ Houston Texans – Texans
New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals – Saints
Tennessee Titans @ Dallas Cowboys – Titans
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders – Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers – Eagles
Minnesota Vikings @ New York Jets – Jets

— Week 4 Picks —

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills – Jets
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns – Bengals
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons – Falcons
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams – Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Colts
Houston Texans @ Oakland Raiders – Texans
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles – –Eagles
Arizona Cardinals @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
Chicago Bears @ New York Giants – Bears
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins

— Week 3 Picks —

San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chiefs
Tennessee Titans @ New York Giants – Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Steelers
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens – Ravens
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals @ Carolina Panthers – Bengals
Dallas Cowboys @ Houston Texans – Texans
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams – Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Eagles
San Diego Chargers @ Seattle Seahawks – Chargers
Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals – Raiders
Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos – Colts
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears – Packers

— Week 2 Picks —

Buffalo Bills @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings
Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns – Browns
Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys – Bears
Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons – Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers – Buccaneers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions – Eagles
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals – Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans – Steelers
Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos – Broncos
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers – Chargers
St. Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins – Texans
New England Patriots @ New York Jets – Patriots
New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts – Colts
New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers – Saints

— Week 1 Picks —

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints – Saints
Atlanta Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaguars
Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Buccaneers
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears – Bears
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills – Dolphins
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans – Titans
Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans – Colts
Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants – Giants
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams – Cardinals
Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles – Packers
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks – Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins – Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets – Jets
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs – Chargers

Steelers Rally To Beat Ravens, 31-24

Steelers Rally To Beat Ravens, 31-24 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Tomlin did not pull a Knute Rockne at halftime, no fiery speech or uplifting words. Little occurred out of the ordinary as the Steelers left the field trailing by two touchdowns at the half Saturday against Baltimore in their playoff game at Heinz Field.

The instructions from a few veterans came quickly and decisively after an error-filled first half. “Get your heads up,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. “There’s a lot of football left to play.”

“We had to execute better and not beat ourselves,” tight end Heath Miller said. The Steelers turned everything around when they scored three times off three third-quarter Baltimore turnovers to reclaim the lead and then snapped a tie when Rashard Mendenhall scored his second touchdown, a 2-yard run with 1:33 left. The final was 31-24 and not secured until T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped a pass that would have given the Ravens a first down at the Steelers 36 with 1:03 left.

The winning touchdown came after a 58-yard catch on third down by rookie Antonio Brown put the ball on the Ravens 4.

“Styles make fights,” said Tomlin. “Those two teams are Hagler-Hearns right there. It was great for the game of football.”

Especially for the Steelers, who move on to their fifth AFC championship game in the past decade next Sunday. The New York Jets will play at New England today to determine their opponent. If the Jets win, the game will be played at Heinz Field. If it is the Patriots, they will play at New England.

Both teams beat the Steelers in Heinz Field this season.

“We’re not afraid of anybody,” said linebacker James Farrior, but indicated he would like to play at home, so “I’m rooting for the Jets.”

The Steelers pulled out a game that was atypical of the past seven close games with the Ravens, mostly low-scoring affairs decided by 3 or 4 points.

Turnovers changed all that with Baltimore jumping to a 21-7 lead after scoring on two short touchdown drives, then the Steelers scoring 17 points off three Ravens turnovers in the second half.

Hines Ward, whose 8-yard touchdown reception from Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter tied the score, 21-21, said: “When you turn the ball over the way we did, a lot of teams usually give up, and it ends up being a blowout. But we stayed the course and we found a way to win.

“And what a better way to win and put Baltimore out of the tournament. They asked for us and they kept asking for us. Sometimes, like my momma always said, be careful what you ask for.”

Safety Ryan Clark, who had two tackles for losses in the first half, pulled off two Troy Polamalu-like plays in the third quarter to help put his team back in it.

Clark stripped Ray Rice of the ball, and LaMarr Woodley recovered at the Ravens 23. Two plays later, Roethlisberger found Heath Miller wide open in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-14.

Clark intercepted a Joe Flacco pass on Baltimore’s next series and returned it 17 yards to the 25. Three plays later, Roethlisberger rifled a pass to Ward for an 8-yard touchdown.

The two kickers traded field goals with Shaun Suisham’s 35-yarder giving the Steelers a 24-21 lead with 12:15 to go and then Billy Cundiff knotting it back up for the Ravens with a 24-yarder and 3:54 left.

That set up the final dramatics. The Steelers had a third down and 19 to go at their 38 with 2:07 left with a punt looming to give the Ravens one last shot. Roethlisberger, however, uncorked a deep pass that Brown caught and maintained control of by holding it against his helmet before his momentum took him out of bounds at the Baltimore 4 with 1:58 to go.

“Let’s just chuck it deep,” Roethlisberger said of that play. “If they pick it, it will be a pick way down there, just as good as a punt. … [Brown] usually gets short routes, and he’s only in for a handful of them. He stepped up big when his number was called and he made a play.”

It took four plays and a penalty, but Mendenhall finally scored from the 2 for a 7-point Steelers lead. It did not end, however, until Houshmandzadeh — who famously stomped on a Terrible Towel in a 2005 Cincinnati Bengals victory at Heinz Field and who beat the Steelers with a touchdown catch in October — dropped the final pass.

“It’s unbelievable,” a distraught Houshmandzadeh said. “I can’t believe that happened. I can’t recall ever dropping the ball when the team needed the play.”

The turnovers led to the high score because otherwise it was typical Steelers-Ravens defense. The Ravens managed just 126 total yards, the second fewest in Pittsburgh postseason history only to the 123 Minnesota managed in Super Bowl IX. The Steelers more than doubled that with 263.

Roethlisberger came under heavy pressure all day — he was sacked six times (three by linebacker Terrell Suggs) and he ran six more, most of them scrambles. Yet he completed 19 of 32 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns — again, no interceptions — and a 101.8 passer rating.

His counterpart, Flacco, did not play as well. He was 16 of 30 for 125 yards and one 4-yard touchdown pass to Todd Heap and Clark’s interception. The Steelers sacked him five times, three by James Harrison.

“To be honest, he must have gotten a little shook up,” Harrison said. “He had guys hitting him.”

After the Steelers scored twice to tie it, Flacco fumbled the second snap from scrimmage on the next series, and Keisel recovered for the Steelers at the Ravens’ 23. That set up Suisham’s field goal to put the Steelers ahead, 24-21.

“We got after him good,” Keisel said of Flacco.

It was a turnaround from what happened in the first half.

Baltimore scored two touchdowns on two short drives after Steelers turnovers in the first half — a fumble by Roethlisberger that all but one player thought was an incomplete pass, and a Mendenhall fumble.

The half ended, appropriately enough, with a missed 43-yard field goal by Suisham. It also ended without coach Tomlin having a challenge left via instant replay and with cornerback Bryant McFadden out of the game with an injury to his hip.

The Steelers saw their 7-0 lead — a 1-yard Mendenhall run to cap their first series — quickly wiped out.

The Steelers fell behind, 14-7, by the end of the first quarter as Rice ran 14 yards to cap one drive and Baltimore scored on a strange play and mental lapse by the Steelers.

On second down from his 10, Roethlisberger dropped back with no one else in the backfield and, as he set to throw, he was hit from behind by Suggs and the ball popped forward.

The players reacted as if it were an incomplete pass, even though no official blew a whistle. Defensive end Cory Redding scooped up the ball at the 13 and ran into the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-7 Baltimore lead.

But it did not stop there. Mendenhall fumbled at his 16 and, six plays later, Flacco threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Heap, who was wide open in the right corner.

With 5:43 left in the first half, Baltimore had more points than they had in any full game against the Steelers since 2007 and a 21-7 lead.

A little later, the Steelers got their chins off the ground.

“Guys were kind of hanging their head,” Keisel said. “You never want to go down at the half by 14 points.”

The Ravens did not hang their heads. Instead, they spent the third quarter dropping the ball, and the Steelers are heading to another title game because of it.

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Ed Picks The Top Ten Super Bowls So Far

1. Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23


Notes: Most important aspects of this game.
* Steelers’ record-breaking, sixth Super Bowl win.
* Cardinals’ first championship game appearance since 1947.
* Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner’s pass-completion percentages of 70 and 72 respectively.
* Linebacker James Harrison’s record-breaking, 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired at the half.
* Larry Fitzgerald’s dramatic, 64-yard, catch-and-run touchdown to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game with only 2:37 left in the 4th quarter.
* Steelers’ eight-play, 78-yard drive, culminating in the most remarkable, game-winning, tightrope catch in Super Bowl history by Santonio Holmes.

2. Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17, New England 14


3. Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England 32, Carolina 29


4. Super Bowl XXXII – Denver 31, Green Bay 24


5. Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31


6. Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16


7. Super Bowl XXXVI – New England 20, St. Louis 17


8. Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19


9. Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17


10. Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16



A. Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7


B. Superbowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17