Steelers postseason history: Jan. 23

Written by Dan Gigler on .

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 23 -- A day of two championships -- A bitter loss in bitter cold, A near collapse against the Jets

Januray 23rd, 2005: AFC Championship vs. New England Patriots

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AFC Pats Ben sadWith the mercury having plunged to 11 degrees at kickoff, the 2004 AFC Championship was the second coldest home game in Steelers history.

It only felt like the coldest to the then-record 65,242 fans who watched the upstart Steelers -- arguably the story of the 2004 season, having won 15 consecutive games with the rookie quarterback with the tongue-tripping long last name -- go down to the Patriots 24-3 at halftime.

Ben Roethlisberger was terrible in the first half throwing two interceptions -- one on the third play of the game, the other returned by Rodney Harrison 87-yards for a touchdown -- and the Steelers defense could not stop the Patriots.

Roethlisberger settled a little in the second half, but it was largely too little too late, as New England was never in any real danger of not advancing to their thrid Super Bowl appearance in four years, and the last one they've won since the eruption of the Spygate scandal in 2007.

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January 23rd, 2011: AFC Championship vs. New York Jets

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A week after mounting a furious comeback against their arch rivals to advance to the AFC Championship, the Steelers nearly suffer a meltdown of their own with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

The Steelers jumped a 24-3 first half lead, but would not score again as the Jets put together two second half touchdown drives -- one after sacking Ben Roetlhlisberger in his own end zone for a safety.

But despite pulling to withing five points with under three minutes to play, it was too little, too late, for the Jets as the Steelers converted three late first downs, putting the game out New York's reach and advancing to their eighth Super Bowl appearance on a 24-19 victory.

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