Steelers postseason fun facts


Take a look back at some of the Steelers most memorable playoff games at Heinz Field.

Home sweet home: **Heinz Field has been a popular place for postseason action, with the Steelers hosting 11 playoff games at their home since it opened in 2001.

The Steelers have a 7-4 record at Heinz Field in the postseason, and there have been some memorable moments.

Some favorite moments include:
Steelers 27, Baltimore 10 – AFC Divisional Playoff – Jan 20, 2002
A dominating defense held the Ravens to 22 yards rushing, and 150 yards overall. Amos Zereoue, who was a surprise starter when Jerome Bettis had an adverse reaction to pain medication pregame, scored two touchdowns in the win.

Steelers 36, Cleveland 33 – AFC Wild Card Game – Jan. 5, 2003
The Steelers won in thrilling fashion, wiping out a 13-point fourth quarter deficit. The Steelers scored two touchdowns in the final 3:06, including a three-yard run by Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala with 54 seconds to play.

Steelers 20, New York Jets 17 – AFC Divisional Playoff – Jan. 5, 2005
The Jets missed two late field goals, including one at the end of regulation, to send the game into overtime. The Steelers would connect on their attempt when Jeff Reed hit a 33-yard field goal for the overtime win.

Steelers 35, San Diego 24 – AFC Divisional Playoff – Jan. 11, 2009
A total team effort gave the Steelers the edge over the Chargers, including a strong performance by the defense, who sacked Philip Rivers four times and Larry Foote also intercepted Rivers.

Steelers 23, Baltimore 14 – AFC Championship Game – Jan. 18, 2009
The defining play in this game is simple. With the Steelers holding onto a 16-14 lead, Troy Polamalu intercepted Joe Flacco and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown that sealed a win and a trip back to the Super Bowl.

Steelers 31, Baltimore 24 – AFC Divisional Playoff – Jan. 15, 2011
With their backs against the wall and down by 14 at the half, the Steelers rallied in the second half for the win over their AFC North rivals. The Steelers scored 24 second half points and the defense forced turnovers on three consecutive Ravens' possessions.

Steelers 24, New York Jets 19 – AFC Championship Game – Jan. 23, 2011
William Gay had one of the day's most exciting plays when he recovered a fumble and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown to put the Steelers up 24-0. The Jets fought back, but it was too little, too late, and the Steelers were Super Bowl bound.

Been there, done that:The Steelers go into the playoffs with a roster that has been there and done that as far as playing in the postseason.

Ben Roethlisberger leads all players with postseason experience, having played in 17 postseason games in his career. William Gay has played in 16 total games, 15 with the Steelers plus one with the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by Greg Warren (12), William Gay and Ryan Shazier (11), Ramon Foster (7), Antonio Brown (6) and Marcus Gilbert, Darrius Heyward-Bey, David Johnson, Mike Mitchell, Ricardo Mathews and Le'Veon Bell (4). Heyward-Bey played in three with the Steelers and one with Indianapolis, while Mitchell played in three with the Steelers and one with Carolina. Mathews' postseason games were all with Indianapolis, while Williams were all with Carolina.

The team has nine players who have played in three postseason games, including David DeCastro, Robert Golden, Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Arthur Moats, Maurkice Pouncey, Ryan Shazier, Fitzgerald Toussaint (one with Baltimore), Stephon Tuitt and Vince Williams.

Making their debut: For 18 Steelers Sunday's Wild Card game against the Miami Dolphins will be their first postseason game. For the most part it's rookies and young players, but there is one surprise on the list. Le'Veon Bell has yet to play in the postseason. Bell missed the 2014 AFC Wild Card game with a knee injury, and was on the team's injured reserve list for the 2015 postseason, also with a knee injury. Numbers don't lie: The Steelers have a strong history in the postseason, with their numbers being better than any team in the league in multiple categories since the 1970 NFL merger.

The Steelers are 34-24 all time in the postseason. The 34 wins are the most postseason wins of any NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The team has 29 playoff berths since the 1970 NFL merger, the most of any other NFL team. The Dallas Cowboys are second to the Steelers with 28.

The Steelers also have won the most division titles of any NFL team, 22, since the 1970 merger. This is the seventh time they have won the AFC North since the divisions were re-aligned in 2002, at which point the Steelers, Bengals, Browns and Ravens were placed in the same division. It's the fifth time since 2007 that the team has won the AFC North (2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2016). Overall the Steelers have won their division 22 times, capturing the AFC Central (Steelers, Houston Oilers, Bengals, and Browns) 15 times.

In addition, the Steelers have the most playoff wins (34) and played in the most playoff games (56) since the merger.

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