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Fast Starts Equal Good Results in Steelers Postseason Games


When the Steelers and Ravens do battle Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field, there will be a lot of high emotion, and with the Steelers being at home it will be up to them to set the tempo.

In the past, the black and gold have done a solid job in starting fast in playoff games, and while it’s not always meant cakewalks, the results are almost always the same – wins.

Let’s go back and look at some of the fast starts the team has had in playoff games in recent history:

Super Bowl XLIII – Steelers jump on the Cardinals 10-0 in dominating the first quarter. They allow the Cards back in the game, but in the end get saved by a huge TD drive by Ben Roethlisberger and former WR Santonio Holmes in a 27-23 win.

2008 AFC Title Game – Playing their heated rivals for the third time that season, the Steelers get up on the Ravens 13-0, and while the Ravens hung around, the wild man Troy Polamalu picks off a late Joe Flacco pass and takes it to the house for a TD in the eventual 23-14 win.

2005 AFC Title Game – On the road for the third straight week, the Steelers don’t allow the favored Broncos a moment to breathe, as they get up 24-3 with Ben Rothlisberger playing almost perfect first half football in the 34-17 win that sends them to Super Bowl XL.

2005 Divisional Playoff Game – Big underdogs in Indy, the Steelers come out throwing, catching the Colts off guard to take a first quarter 14-0 lead. They go up 21-3 before holding off Indianapolis in one of the most memorable playoff games in history 21-18.

2004 Divisional Playoff Game – In a dogfight with the Jets, the Steelers get a pick from Polamalu, and go up early 10-0. They get some good luck from a couple Doug Brien misses late, and win in OT 20-17.

2001 Divisional Playoff Game – Against Elvis Grbac and the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens, the Steelers pound the Ravens getting a quick 10-0 lead, and then going up 20-3 at the half before eventually winning 27-10 to move on to the AFC Title Game.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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