These conference championship games have become showcases unto themselves, complete with honorary captains from both teams adding to the ceremony of the opening coin toss. Representing the Steelers last Sunday were Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier, and if they had been carrying torches instead of Terrible Towels to the middle of the field they could've passed them.
Yes, the representatives of the 1970s Steelers that won four championships within a span of six seasons could've passed the torch to James Farrior as the representative of the second dynasty in franchise history.
That's a strong word indeed, dynasty, but these Steelers certain deserve to be in the conversation after their 24-19 win over the New York Jets last Sunday night earned them the AFC Championship and the conference's berth in Super Bowl XLV. This now makes three conference championships and two Lombardis – with a chance at a third in a couple of weeks – for 16 of the players and six of the coaches who got to enjoy this particular addition to the trophy case with the largest crowd ever to watch a Steelers game at Heinz Field.
Maybe dynasty is a little strong, especially since these Steelers are staring down the barrel of a daunting test in the Super Bowl in the form of the Green Bay Packers, and even a third Lombardi Trophy would not tie them with their 1970s brethren, but it's clear these two groups of Steelers have been the most successful in the franchise's 78 seasons of doing business in the NFL.
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