Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moments That Make a Career: A Tomlin Timeline

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Moments That Make a Career: A Tomlin Timeline

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Jan. 22, 2007: At 34, Tomlin is named the 16th head coach in Steelers history and only the third since 1969. He follows in the footsteps of Chuck Noll, pictured right, and Bill Cowher, who also were tabbed as head coaches in their 30s.

Sept. 9, 2007: Wins his first game as coach, 34-7, in the season opener at Cleveland. Ben Roethlisberger throws TD passes to Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Matt Spaeth and Heath Miller.

Jan. 5, 2008: Loses his first playoff game to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-29. The Steelers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter but lost when Josh Scobee booted a 25-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining.

Jan. 18, 2009: Steelers beat the Ravens, 23-14, at Heinz Field to advance to Super Bowl XLIII ? the first of four playoff wins in a row at Heinz Field that pave the way to two Super Bowl appearances in his first four seasons.

Feb. 1, 2009: At 36, he becomes the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl when the Steelers beat the Cardinals, 27-23, on a Ben Roethlisberger-to-Santonio Holmes TD with 35 seconds to play.

Nov. 29, 2009: Utters his most famous quote following a 20-17 overtime loss to Baltimore: "We will not go gently. We're going to unleash Hell here in December." The Steelers would lose two more in a row to extend the losing streak to five games, still his longest skid as a head coach.

Jan. 23, 2011: Beats the Jets, 24-19, to win his second AFC championship and second trip to the Super Bowl before turning 40.

Feb. 6, 2011: Steelers lose to the Green Bay Packers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV. It is only the second loss in eight Super Bowl appearances for the Steelers.

Sept, 11, 2011: Loses season opener to the Ravens, 35-7. The 28-point margin of defeat is the biggest for Tomlin during his tenure.

Jan. 1, 2012: Steelers beat Cleveland, 13-9, for the sixth victory in the final seven games of the '11 season. …

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