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    You're assuming that we should actually beat the teams we're supposed to beat. If we did that all year long we'd be in command of the 2nd seed in the conference and not having to worry about fighting to keep the 3rd spot now.

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    One victory guarantees playoff

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07345/840721-66.stm


    Steelers have to put Patriots loss behind them, shift focus toward Jacksonville
    Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A win and they're in, although the Steelers still have bigger plans than just making the playoffs even after the overwhelming favorites rubbed them out Sunday.

    The Steelers looked like a june bug bouncing off the windshield of the New England Patriots' perfect season express, when they lost, 34-13, at Gillette Stadium.

    Yet at 9-4, a victory at home against Jacksonville would clinch a playoff berth, and with three games left anything but a total collapse will crown them AFC North Division champions.

    The Patriots clinched a playoff bye and likely are headed for the AFC's top seed, which means anyone who wants to upset their Super Bowl plans will have to do it in Foxborough.

    "We have a long way to go for that to happen," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said Sunday night after the game. "We have to think about the next game, which is Jacksonville. We need to win that game and whatever happens, happens. But if we do make it back here, it would be nice."

    The Cleveland Browns (8-5) remain on their tails because they beat the New York Jets Sunday. Because the Steelers beat the Browns twice, Cleveland must finish ahead of them in order to win the division.

    The Browns would do it if they sweep their remaining three at home vs. Buffalo, at Cincinnati, and back home vs. San Francisco, while the Steelers go 1-2 with games at St. Louis and Baltimore after their final home game Sunday. Or, if the Steelers lose all three, the Browns can go 2-1 and win it.

    At least a wild-card playoff berth can be had for the Steelers by winning Sunday against a good Jacksonville team that is 9-4 and also fighting for one of the two AFC wild-card berths.
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    "All we can worry about is Jacksonville," guard Alan Faneca said. "Go out and try to win a game. There's a lot of football left to play. Cleveland is still playing good ball. Nothing's a guarantee in this business."

    Ouch, there's that word again. And again ...

    "We're not guaranteed into the playoffs right now," linebacker Larry Foote said. "So we have to take care of home next week.

    "We know Jacksonville's going to be tough. They won big [Sunday] and it's always a tough game when we play them. We have to get ready for Jacksonville -- we better, we don't have any choice."

    The Steelers do have one thing in common with the Patriots -- they're unbeaten, at home, where they are 7-0. A win and a Cleveland loss would give them the division title Sunday, but it does not appear as if the revived Browns want to cooperate and their schedule looks a lot easier down the stretch.

    "We have no margin for error," Keisel said. "We have to win the rest of our games. The ball is in our court, we just need to make the basket. I like our team, we just need to finish strong."

    The Steelers say New England's dominance Sunday won't scar them as they put on their final push.

    "We lost to a good team," linebacker James Farrior said. "They made more plays than us. We have to go back to the drawing board this week. We have a big game coming up, the biggest game of the year. We have to put this one behind us, make the corrections and move on."

    The Steelers actually did not play poorly anywhere on the field except on pass defense and in special teams, again. Their lone turnover came on a poor New England punt that bounced off the Steelers' William Gay. The Patriots did not even try to run, with 22 yards on nine carries. Willie Parker got back on track with 124 yards rushing. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw one touchdown and no interceptions, although he was sacked another three times, putting the total at a record-threatening 38 with three to go. And the Steelers held the ball for nearly 35 of the game's 60 minutes.

    "I don't think we had any turnovers," Roethlisberger said. "We took care of the ball, had time of possession. They were just the better team.

    "Now we have to fight. We have a tough game this week. We still control our own destiny and that's what's most important. We have to make sure we continue to control that. A loss is a loss, it doesn't matter how bad you lose when you lose."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_Steeler View Post
    Eliminate all scenarios and just win out
    I love these write ups Troy,always enjoy them, but this is the bottom line.




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    The Steelers I really feel need this win Sunday against the Jags just to get some confidence back and assure themselves that they can beat a good team that is going to be in the playoffs in the Jags. A loss here this week to the Jags combined with a possible Browns win over the Bills,a Chargers win over the Lions,and Titans win over the Chiefs then the Steelers are going to be in some deep **** the last 2 weeks. The Steelers WANT that number 3 seed so if they do end up winning that wildcard playoff game they do not have to see the Pats first game. If the Chargers end up jumping them and getting that 3 which they still can do then all bets are off. So with that being said if the Steelers win at home like their suppose too on Sunday against the Jags I fully expect them to take care of the Rams with Brock Berlin on the short week and wrap up the AFC North on that Thursday night and hopefully that number 3 seed. But make no mistake about it I dont care what anybody says this game against the Jags is very very close to being a MUST WIN game for the Steelers. A loss here could be devistating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troyisabeast_43 View Post
    But make no mistake about it I dont care what anybody says this game against the Jags is very very close to being a MUST WIN game for the Steelers. A loss here could be devistating.
    Not "could" be devistating ...... absolutely will be devistating

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    I hope the bills beat the browns and I hope the bengals beat them too. I hate the browns and dont want them any where near the playoffs. With that said I can see us going 3 and 0 in these last 3 games. One we are mad at getting beat and should use this to fire up the team to beat the Jags (plus I will be at this game) Two a indoor game with turf and a weak D should let Parker run wild in St Louis (plus I will be at this game too) Third we always play the ratbirds tuff and should beat them do to their poor play.

    3 and 0 and going to the super bowl

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    How we respond to gettin popped in the mouth, is how we'll finish the season. The Jax game is most definitely huge, not just for playoff implications but to test our character. Its gut check time boys and girls.


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    A guy at my work is a clowns fan and all he is is yapping about is how great Cleveland is and how nobody wants to play them and how they have the playoffs locked up and blah blah blah, I told him assuming you do make it into the playoffs you won't make it past the first round because your defense can't stop anybody so don't get too comfortable. Im pulling for Buffalo big time this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    A guy at my work is a clowns fan and all he is is yapping about is how great Cleveland is and how nobody wants to play them and how they have the playoffs locked up and blah blah blah, I told him assuming you do make it into the playoffs you won't make it past the first round because your defense can't stop anybody so don't get too comfortable. Im pulling for Buffalo big time this weekend.
    You shoulda told him it helps being there before to even make it. Its been a looooong time since they've had a reason to win a game, lets see if they can handle the pressure.


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    I'd bet money they'll choke under the pressure. They choke when they play us in a regular season game but get them in a playoff, do or die situation, and they'll be done. Playoffs is where you separate the men from the boys. The men play defense and the boys don't. The clowns are the boys and they'll find out soon enough that scoring a bunch of points without playing defense gets you nowhere fast in the postseason.

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