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    Steelers ‘tired of losing at home’ in title games

    Pittsburgh, 0-2 in hosting AFC championship, ready to reverse trend


    updated 2:51 p.m. PT, Mon., Jan. 12, 2009
    PITTSBURGH - Tom Brady. Tom Brady. John Elway.


    Detect a trend?


    No NFL team has lost more conference championship games at home in less time than the Pittsburgh Steelers did during the 1994-2004 seasons — four of them in five tries, repeatedly costing them the opportunity to build an addition onto their already spacious 1ʍoq ɹǝdns trophy case.

    The numerous January home-field losses defined former coach Bill Cowher’s career for a decade, and left Steelers fans constantly wringing their Terrible Towels amid cries of “Why can’t we win a big one here?”


    There’s something to remember from all those defeats, though: The other team’s quarterback generally was pretty good.


    And the opposing quarterback Sunday in the Steelers’ seventh AFC championship game in 15 seasons won’t be Brady or Elway, but Baltimore rookie Joe Flacco, who did little in two regular season games against them.


    If any Steelers team of recent vintage appears equipped to cast aside the bad memories all of those January home-field losses, it may be this one — a team that, unlike those of the 1990s, has numerous players who have already won a 1ʍoq ɹǝdns in black and gold.


    “To me this is the 1ʍoq ɹǝdns,” Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said of the third Ravens-Steelers game in less than four months. “You don’t want to have a bad taste in your mouth by losing and watching that team go to the 1ʍoq ɹǝdns.”


    When the Steelers finally won a fifth 1ʍoq ɹǝdns three years ago, they clearly thrived on playing every game away from home and dodging the constant questions of why they couldn’t win big playoff games at home.


    Now, because many of them already own Steelers 1ʍoq ɹǝdns rings, there are no expectations inside their locker room there will be a letdown to match that of, for example, the January 1995 loss to San Diego in which defensive back Tim McKyer was so disoriented after allowing the game-winning touchdown catch that he was carried off the field.


    Then there were all those interceptions Kordell Stewart threw into the Broncos’ arms in January 1998. The Patriots losing Brady to injury in January 2002 but still winning with Drew Bledsoe at quarterback in the second half. The Steelers squad with the best record in club history, the 15-1 team of 2004, losing to the Patriots again in a bitter-weather blowout.


    Ancient history, these Steelers say. After all, they were the only home team to win during the divisional round last weekend, beating the Chargers 35-24 on Sunday.
    How about that: the home-field advantage paying off for the Steelers in January.

    “It’s big,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “The last time we were here (for the AFC title game) my rookie year, I didn’t play so well, so I’ll be looking for a little redemption. It’s going to be a great battle.”


    If anyone can relate to what Flacco is going through this week as a rookie quarterback about to play for the AFC championship, it’s Roethlisberger.

    No rookie came close to accomplishing what Roethlisberger did by going 13-0 during his rookie season, then beating the Jets in the divisional round. But in the AFC championship game rematch against the Patriots, who had lost earlier in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger looked like an ordinary Joe while going 14-of-24 for 226 yards and three interceptions.

    Brady, as usual, was exceptional, throwing for 207 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions as the Patriots rolled to a 41-27 victory in a game they led 41-20 until the final minute. They went on to win their third 1ʍoq ɹǝdns, and their second after beating Pittsburgh to get there.

    Flacco probably can’t be just any old Joe if the Ravens are to win in Pittsburgh, where they have dropped seven of their last eight. Yet he was exactly that against the Steelers this season, going 27-of-59 for 307 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in two close losses.


    For comparison’s sake, Flacco is 257-of-428 for 2,971 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a rookie. Roethlisberger was 196-of-295 for 2,621 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2004.

    Flacco couldn’t get the Ravens into the end zone in last month’s 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh in Baltimore, completing only 11 of 28 passes for 115 yards and two interceptions in perhaps his worst game all season.


    “That’s what games are going to be in December in the NFL,” Flacco said.
    Now he’ll find out what these games are like in January. He hopes the experience isn’t as deflating as it was to Roethlisberger four years ago.


    If it is, the Steelers may discover again what it’s like to win a conference championship game on their home field, something they’ve done only once in 29 years.


    “I’m going to my fourth championship game,” Ward said. “I’m 0-2 at home. So I want to win this one — I’m tired of losing at home.”


    A couple of million Pittsburghers probably feel the same way.

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    What is this? 1ʍoq ɹǝdns....And I find it hard to believe anyone is more sick of losing those home games then me. I have cried more tears then I care to count, not to mention after the last one I started this banging my head on the wall thing and I cant stop until we win one at home....the helmet is getting wore out...please help.....

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    Ya well these records are meant to be broken. We were the only home team to win this divisional weekend. We handled the Ravens twice this season and we'll do it again to win this AFC Title game at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stlrs4Life View Post
    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/28627032/

    Steelers ‘tired of losing at home’ in title games

    Pittsburgh, 0-2 in hosting AFC championship, ready to reverse trend


    updated 2:51 p.m. PT, Mon., Jan. 12, 2009
    PITTSBURGH - Tom Brady. Tom Brady. John Elway.


    Detect a trend?


    No NFL team has lost more conference championship games at home in less time than the Pittsburgh Steelers did during the 1994-2004 seasons — four of them in five tries, repeatedly costing them the opportunity to build an addition onto their already spacious 1ʍoq ɹǝdns trophy case.

    The numerous January home-field losses defined former coach Bill Cowher’s career for a decade, and left Steelers fans constantly wringing their Terrible Towels amid cries of “Why can’t we win a big one here?”


    There’s something to remember from all those defeats, though: The other team’s quarterback generally was pretty good.


    And the opposing quarterback Sunday in the Steelers’ seventh AFC championship game in 15 seasons won’t be Brady or Elway, but Baltimore rookie Joe Flacco, who did little in two regular season games against them.


    If any Steelers team of recent vintage appears equipped to cast aside the bad memories all of those January home-field losses, it may be this one — a team that, unlike those of the 1990s, has numerous players who have already won a 1ʍoq ɹǝdns in black and gold.


    “To me this is the 1ʍoq ɹǝdns,” Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said of the third Ravens-Steelers game in less than four months. “You don’t want to have a bad taste in your mouth by losing and watching that team go to the 1ʍoq ɹǝdns.”


    When the Steelers finally won a fifth 1ʍoq ɹǝdns three years ago, they clearly thrived on playing every game away from home and dodging the constant questions of why they couldn’t win big playoff games at home.


    Now, because many of them already own Steelers 1ʍoq ɹǝdns rings, there are no expectations inside their locker room there will be a letdown to match that of, for example, the January 1995 loss to San Diego in which defensive back Tim McKyer was so disoriented after allowing the game-winning touchdown catch that he was carried off the field.


    Then there were all those interceptions Kordell Stewart threw into the Broncos’ arms in January 1998. The Patriots losing Brady to injury in January 2002 but still winning with Drew Bledsoe at quarterback in the second half. The Steelers squad with the best record in club history, the 15-1 team of 2004, losing to the Patriots again in a bitter-weather blowout.


    Ancient history, these Steelers say. After all, they were the only home team to win during the divisional round last weekend, beating the Chargers 35-24 on Sunday.
    How about that: the home-field advantage paying off for the Steelers in January.

    “It’s big,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “The last time we were here (for the AFC title game) my rookie year, I didn’t play so well, so I’ll be looking for a little redemption. It’s going to be a great battle.”


    If anyone can relate to what Flacco is going through this week as a rookie quarterback about to play for the AFC championship, it’s Roethlisberger.

    No rookie came close to accomplishing what Roethlisberger did by going 13-0 during his rookie season, then beating the Jets in the divisional round. But in the AFC championship game rematch against the Patriots, who had lost earlier in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger looked like an ordinary Joe while going 14-of-24 for 226 yards and three interceptions.

    Brady, as usual, was exceptional, throwing for 207 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions as the Patriots rolled to a 41-27 victory in a game they led 41-20 until the final minute. They went on to win their third 1ʍoq ɹǝdns, and their second after beating Pittsburgh to get there.

    Flacco probably can’t be just any old Joe if the Ravens are to win in Pittsburgh, where they have dropped seven of their last eight. Yet he was exactly that against the Steelers this season, going 27-of-59 for 307 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in two close losses.


    For comparison’s sake, Flacco is 257-of-428 for 2,971 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a rookie. Roethlisberger was 196-of-295 for 2,621 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2004.

    Flacco couldn’t get the Ravens into the end zone in last month’s 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh in Baltimore, completing only 11 of 28 passes for 115 yards and two interceptions in perhaps his worst game all season.


    “That’s what games are going to be in December in the NFL,” Flacco said.
    Now he’ll find out what these games are like in January. He hopes the experience isn’t as deflating as it was to Roethlisberger four years ago.


    If it is, the Steelers may discover again what it’s like to win a conference championship game on their home field, something they’ve done only once in 29 years.


    “I’m going to my fourth championship game,” Ward said. “I’m 0-2 at home. So I want to win this one — I’m tired of losing at home.”


    A couple of million Pittsburghers probably feel the same way.
    Great article and you can sense Hines Ward and Ben have something to prove in this game and are not going to be shown up by the Ravens and a rookie QB like they were by Tom Brady in 2004 when Ben was a rookie. Keep in mind and this has a little bit of irony involved in it as well. The Steelers are 1-4 in 5 AFC Championship games at home from 1994-2004 as the article says. The only 1 win came against the Indianapolis Colts in 1995 who were lead by Jim Harbaugh as their QB in that game. This week it's the Baltimore Ravens playing in this Championship game who along time ago use to be the Baltimore Colts, and are lead by John Harbaugh as their head coach now, the brother of the QB who the Steelers have their only home AFC Title game win over in those 5 tries from 94-04 Jim Harbaugh. Doesnt anybody find that kind of ironic and kind of telling what that means is going to happen on Sunday here when the Steelers meet the Ravens??

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    For the last part of the season and into the playoffs, the Steelers have taken it one game at a time and have been strictly business. Their demeanor so far after the SD game has been the same attitude. They know whats at stake and for the ones who have been there and lost, they have an even more focused attitude which will trickle down to the rest of the team. Come Sunday, Baltimore had better bring their A+ game if they don't want to be embarrassed (they will lose!!!)


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    is this taboo or something??? 1ʍoq ɹǝdns....Why cant anyone tell me what this is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Denton View Post
    is this taboo or something??? 1ʍoq ɹǝdns....Why cant anyone tell me what this is?
    Its how some websites have their fonts setup, so when you go to copy and paste, thats what you get.


    If you don’t stand behind our troops.....Please feel free to stand in front of them!!!


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    This has been the year for the Steelers to exercise a lot of post demons that have haunted them over the years. This is the final step for them to get over now and win at home and get to the super bowl without having to go on the road. This team will be ready to go and realizes you don't get this opportunity every year to get to the super bowl. They will be ready for sure and they have something to prove to themselves and that's always a big factor in game like this.

    They've heard the flack all year long about the offense not living up to the defense and all that. Last week they went in with a purpose and took the game and this week they'll be headed in with the same mindset; impose your will on the opposition and do whatever it takes as long as it takes to get the win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    This has been the year for the Steelers to exercise a lot of post demons that have haunted them over the years. This is the final step for them to get over now and win at home and get to the super bowl without having to go on the road. This team will be ready to go and realizes you don't get this opportunity every year to get to the super bowl. They will be ready for sure and they have something to prove to themselves and that's always a big factor in game like this.

    They've heard the flack all year long about the offense not living up to the defense and all that. Last week they went in with a purpose and took the game and this week they'll be headed in with the same mindset; impose your will on the opposition and do whatever it takes as long as it takes to get the win!
    I hope your right because under Cowher they seem to think they can get there when ever they wanted to and lost the big games at home. Lets hope Tomlin has them thinking different. Lets hope the remember Tom Brady is out this season and that might not happen again...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIESELMAN View Post
    Its how some websites have their fonts setup, so when you go to copy and paste, thats what you get.
    Thanks...but what are the words suppose to be in english?

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    The Steelers are tired of losing AFC Title games at home well you know what I'm tired of it to.....lol I'm a diehard and have suffered through all those loses in Pittsburgh in the last 15 years with the rest of the Stillers Nation......But this Sunday the Steelers will win......I'm sure of it and I really believe in this team........

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