Since the Steelers have the wrong kind of home field advantage this postseason, we'll take a look back at some of the highlights and disappointments of playoffs past ...
Today: January 9th -- Cowher's first playoff game; out-dueled by Air Coryell
January 9, 1993: AFC Divisional vs. Buffalo
After two seasons of early tee times for the Steelers, rookie head coach Bill Cowher wasted little time getting his team back to the postseason, clinching the AFC Central division for the first time in nearly a decade.
But the inaugural iteration of "Cahr Pahr" would host a battle tested band of Buffalo Bills -- in their fifth consecutive postseason, losers of the previous two Super Bowls -- who less than a week prior had just achieved what remains as the single greatest comeback victory in the history of the National Football League.
The Steelers went ahead 3-0 on an early Gary Anderson field goal, but the Bills bulled over Pittsburgh the rest of the way, scoring 24 unanswered points en route to a 24-3 and their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
(No newspaper coverage because of newspaper strike)
January 9, 1983: AFC Playoff Tournament (first round) vs. San Diego
The Steelers make their first return to the postseason since winning Super Bowl XIV via a 6-3 finish in the strike-shortened 1982 season by qualifying for the AFC "Tournament" -- and it looked like they'd win in a romp when special teams player Joe Ruff recovered a James Brooks fumble on the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
And aging Terry Bradshaw had two touchdown passes and a touchdown run to keep pace with the younger Dan Fouts and the electric "Air Coryell" offense of the Chargers. The Steelers led 28-17 in the fourth quarter, but a late Bradshaw pick got San Diego back into the game.
A pair of Fouts to Kellen Winslow touchdowns later and the Steelers were eliminated.
This game was Jack Ham's last as a Steeler.
Some excellent YouTube clips of this game:
Pittsburgh goes up 7-0 on Brooks' fumbled kickoff:
Brooks scores San Diego's first touchdown:
Bradshaw finds John Stallworth to give Pittsburgh a 28-17 lead:
Winslow scores the game winning touchdown with a minute left: