Heyward: 'We have the best fans'

It's something Steelers players have become accustomed to, but don't take for granted even for a second.

Whether they are home or away, near or far, winning or losing, the one thing they can always depend on is Steelers Nation will be right there with them.

Steelers fans show support in Cincinnati for the Wild Card matchup vs the Bengals.

And on Saturday night in Cincinnati, they were there and then some.

"You could definitely feel their presence in the stadium," said linebacker Ryan Shazier. "There were a lot of Steelers fans there. They gave us a lot of energy when the plays happened. It felt good when they rallied us and got loud when we made plays."

Whether it was fans who live in the Cincinnati area, ones who traveled from Pittsburgh, or others who came from across the country, fans from 12 different states earned the Road Warrior Badge when they checked in on the official Steelers mobile app and they were all there waving their Terrible Towels.

"The energy level was crazy," said running back Le'Veon Bell. "The Terrible Towels, the 'Here We Go' cheers. I love it. Going into another team's stadium, seeing the Terrible Towels and how well we travel. I love it. We have to keep it up."

When the Steelers needed them most, with the game on the line in the closing minutes, the players felt their presence the strongest.

"We have the best fans," said defensive end Cam Heyward. "They travel so well. A road game never feels like a road game. It's like a home game. We never take them for granted. It took every one of them out there to support. To see those Terrible Towels waving near the end of the game, that's when you know you are winning the game."

And as the Steelers ran off the field after their 18-16 win, the one thing they noticed was the Terrible Towels waving.

"I don't think there is any better feeling," said Shazier. "No other team has that. We can go into any stadium and we run off and you see towels waving. You know they are there with us."   

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