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Coach Tomlin on fans: 'They inspire us'

The AFC North title will be on the line Sunday night when the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field, and the atmosphere will be electric.

Steelers' fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 8:30 p.m. kickoff, and wave their Terrible Towels at kickoff when a nationwide audience will be watching, showing the world why Steelers fans are the best.

The support of Steelers' fans all throughout the year is a huge boost to the players and coaches, and on Sunday night the organization is showing their appreciation for fans as it's the 'Thank You Fans' game.

"We take a great deal of pride in entertaining Steelers Nation, but we also appreciate the support and encouragement they give us," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "They inspire us. Their presence is always a factor in the game. We look forward to seeing them at Heinz Field on Sunday in a big atmosphere for the AFC North title."

The first 5,000 fans to arrive will receive a Steelers Nation Unite Terrible Towel, and all 65,000 in attendance will receive a special 'Thank You Fans' scratch off ticket where they can win a variety of prizes.

In addition, throughout the game fans will be selected to win prizes that range from in-stadium food and beverage to Heinz Field concert tickets and one lucky winner will take home a 55" inch flat screen television.

So, arrive early and be ready to cheer on the Steelers as they battle for the AFC North title.

Prize highlights include:

  • 55" inch flat screen TV
  • Bose headphones
  • Dick's Sporting Goods $50 gift cards
  • Steelers Sideline Stores $50 gift cards
  • Post-game photo op on field
  • Nemacolin overnight stays
  • Steelers Nation Unite Terrible Towels
  • Autographed Steelers footballs
  • Heinz Field Concert Tickets
  • In-stadium food and beverage
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