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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

NFL : Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos in AFC Wild Card Battle

It’s almost not fair that the Pittsburgh Steelers have to hit the road for their Wild Card weekend game with the Denver Broncos.

After all, Pittsburgh ended the season at 12-4, compared to Denver’s 8-8, but Denver won the weak AFC East division so that’s the situation the two sides find themselves in this weekend in NFL playoff action.

So how will the game at Mile High Stadium pan out?

Well - Pittsburgh defend against the pass well. No team in the NFL allowed fewer total yards or passing yards than the Steelers, which, combined with Tim Tebow’s below-average passing arm, virtually eliminates Denver’s aerial game.

But that doesn’t mean Tebow won’t rush for 100-plus yards. Tebow led his team with six rushing touchdowns – the same team that’s No. 1 in the NFL on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, Ben Roethlisberger is angling for a return to the Super Bowl, which he and the Steelers won in 2005 and 2008.  Big Ben passed for 4,077 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, although his 70 rushing yards pale in comparison to Tebow’s 660.


Pittsburgh Steelers -9 (-105)
Denver Broncos +9 (-115)


Pittsburgh Steelers12-47-96-1020.3114.19
Denver Broncos8-87-8-19-719.3124.38

Denver were just 3-5 at home straight-up, while Pittsburgh were 5-3 on the road. Overall, this one looks like being a low scoring game - with Pittsburgh having the edge - perhaps 17-13 to the Steelers?

Is it crunch time for Denver? or is it Tebow Time?

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