Steelers on the road again

The Steelers are in the playoffs and like in 2005 they are on the road again.

The Steelers were the sixth seed in 2005, a wild card team that had to play three games on the road before defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan.

It's something that will be talked about over and over again this week. Comparisons will be made to the two seasons, with everyone wondering if the Steelers can make a playoff run on the road, this time starting in Denver.

Tight end Heath Miller smiled when he heard the comparison on Monday and downplayed it.

"I am sure it will be good stuff for you guys to write about this week," said Miller. "It has no bearing on what is going to happen this weekend. This is a new team and a new year. Our first challenge is on the road at Denver. We need to prepare as well as we can to play there."

True, there may be no competitive edge that can be gained by having gone on the road in the playoffs before when it comes to the X's and O's of the game. But there is a mental side of it, where players know that it's not an impossible journey because it's one they have already made.

"That could help us in the locker room," said linebacker James Farrior. "I don't know if it's going to help us on the field. We definitely know we can do it. We've done it before. We have a lot of guys that are still in the locker room that were there in 2005. We can draw from that. The only comforting thing is that we've done it before. For us that have been here, we understand what it's going to take. We know what we need to do. It's nothing new to us. We've been in this situation before and we reached the mountain top. Hopefully we can do it again."

The Steelers have struggled some on the road this year, with three of their four losses coming away from Heinz Field. It isn't something that concerns them, though.

"I think we've got a team that is capable of going on the road and beating anybody," said Miller. "But we have to take it one week at a time. That's preparation. This week it's going to Denver and hopefully we can get the job done.

"Whether you play at home or away, you have to play your best football. I think we find comfort in that no matter where the game is at we are going to have to play our best. We have to prepare accordingly."

Farrior likes the challenge of being a road team, where he knows they won't be in friendly surroundings.

"We love to have our backs against the wall," said Farrior. "We are going to have to go on the road. It's us against the world. It's a little overrated but it works sometimes."

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