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 8th -- Joe Montana; a 'Super' run begins and getting Tebow-ed Denver.
January 8, 1994 -- AFC Wild Card @ Kansas City
Joe Montana recently revealed that when he was traded from the San Francisco 49ers before the 1993 season his destination of choice was his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers declined, Montana said, because promising young quarterback Neil O' Donnell was entrenched as the starter.
The Steelers 1993 season would end to the Joe Montana led Kansas City Chiefs.
But O' Donnell matched and arguably even outplayed the Hall of Famer, passing for 3 touchdowns to Montana's one -- instead it was a Steelers' special teams miscue that allowed the Chiefs back into the game.
A fourth quarter blocked punt returned deep into Pittsburgh territory set up a game-tying touchdown pass from Montana to Tim Barnett.
Pittsburgh got the first possession in overtime, but were forced to punt. The Chiefs won the game on a 43-yard Nick Lowery field goal -- the only time they led all day.
January 8, 2006 -- AFC Wild Card @ Cincinnati
Having won their last four games of the regular season just to qualify for the postseason, the Steelers had heavy momentumn heading into their Wild Card game against AFC North Champion Cincinnati.
However, this was the Bengals first postseason appearance and home playoff game in 15 years and the Queen City was primed to vanquish rival Pittsburgh. But a the enthusiasm at a raucous Paul Brown Stadium vanished like air out of a balloon when on the second play of the game, quarterback Carson Palmer was knocked out of the game after sustaining a grusome knee injury on a hit from Steelers DT Kimo Von Oelhoffen.
Jon Kitna replaced Palmer and not only kept the Bengals competitive but led them to two seperate 10-point leads on the Steelers in the first half (10-0, 17-7). The Bengals led 17-14 at the half, but the Steelers capitalized on a botched field goal attempt early in the second half and pulled ahead 21-17 on a Jerome Bettis touchdown. A flea-flicker touchdown pass to Cedrick Wilson was the final dagger for Cincinnati.
There was no love lost between the teams, and in the locker room after the game, Bill Cowher led his team in a chant of "We Dey!" -- mocking the Bengals famous "Who Dey?" chant. Of note: this was Cowher's first road playoff win of his career.
- Front page: On to Indy
- Ed Bouchette's game story
- Ron Cook: Big Ben's finest hour
- Smizik: Hit on Palmer wasn't dirty
- Knee injury intensifies bad blood
January 8, 2012 -- AFC Wild Card @ Denver
Though it took the Steelers and Broncos 60 minutes to battle to a 23-23 tie to end regulation, it took only eleven seconds to break the deadlock and end the game when Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas in stride over the middle, catching the Steelers in the wrong coverage and the powerful rookie receiver galloped 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Although a Wild Card team, the Steelers had mounted a very successful 12-4 regular season and had the top-rated defense in the NFL. Denver won a weak AFC West division with an 8-8 record and Tebow, who had struggled mightily during the regular season had his finest game as a pro (10-21 for 316 yards, 2 TD passes and 1 TD run), and the Steelers' most recent playoff appearance ended as one of the team's most embarrassing postseason losses.
- Ed Bouchette's game story
- Ron Cook: Ike doesn't deserve all the blame
- Gene Collier: Denver open for business
- Gerry Dulac's two-minute drill