Steelers postseason history: Jan. 22 -- AFC Championship @ Denver

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 22, 2006 -- AFC Championship @ Denver Broncos

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For Pittsburgh to take The Bus to Detroit, they'd first have to make a quick pit stop in Denver. And after a come-from-behind win over Cincinnati and a heart stopper against Indianapolis, that's all the AFC Championship felt like to the Steelers -- a final tune-up before Super Bowl XL.

The Steelers made short work of the Broncos, 34-17, in a game that they never trailed and was never really close after the first quarter. The Steelers scored on their first four consecutive possessions -- a Jeff Reed field goal, two Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes, and a Jerome Bettis run -- to take an insurmountable 24-3 at halftime.

AFC denver markA pre-beard Brett Keisel lead the defense with two sacks, and Joey Porter added another as the Steelers forced four turnovers -- a pair of fumbles and a pair of interceptions -- to help seal a trip to their first Super Bowl appearance in a decade.

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