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January 22, 2006
Steelers Get To The Super Bowl In Style

The Pittsburgh Steelers became the first team in NFL history to make it to the Super Bowl from the sixth seed position, having to beat the first, second, and third seeded teams in order to do so:

Big Ben, The Bus and all those Terrible Towels sure are traveling well this postseason. Next stop, the Super Bowl, the final destination of a Pittsburgh road trip the Denver Broncos were powerless to derail.

Ben Roethlisberger had a brilliant afternoon, throwing for 275 yards and two scores, and Jerome Bettis extended his career one more game, lifting the Steelers to a dominating 34-17 victory in the AFC title game Sunday. ...

They became the first team to win three away games to make it to the Super Bowl since the 1985 New England Patriots.

The Steelers have looked unstoppable since losing three when Ben Roethlisberger went out with a knee injury and looked rusty on his return. After beating the Chicago Bears at home, the Steelers have not lost a game at all and have looked even better on the road. Good thing, too, because as the last team to make the playoffs in the AFC, they had no shot at playing a home game during the post-season.

Now, of course, Jerome Bettis gets to go home for his first Super Bowl and possibly his last game in his NFL career. If it turns out that Bettis retires, he will want to make the last game as memorable as the road taken to get there. Seattle or Carolina may well just be another Bus stop on the way to the Hall of Fame.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 22, 2006 5:44 PM

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