Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coincidence or Trend? Steelers Would Just as Soon Not Need Another Fourth-Quarter Comeback

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coincidence or Trend? Steelers Would Just as Soon Not Need Another Fourth-Quarter Comeback

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The Steelers and Patriots are the hottest teams in the NFL entering the postseason. Both own seven-game winning streaks, but their methods of getting there varied greatly.

While the Patriots largely dominated their competition -- they won their final seven games by an average of 16 points -- the Steelers got there with a dogged determination that was accentuated with three big comebacks to end the regular season.

To keep their winning streak intact, the Steelers had to win their final three games against the Bengals, Ravens and Browns after trailing by 10 points or more in all three games. It's the first time in franchise history the Steelers overcame deficits of 10 points or more in consecutive games and won all three.

"We'll definitely be in those situations," rookie cornerback Artie Burns said. "This is NFL ball. Those moments like that make people. Big Ben has been in plenty of situations where he's had to come back.

"I'm not going to say we're going to win every game by a big margin. It was good for us to be in those situations and fight through adversity to get those wins. I'm pretty sure we'll be in situations like that, maybe this weekend. You never know."

While it's great knowing they have what it takes to mount a comeback, it's not necessarily a formula the Steelers want to follow in the playoffs, which start today with an AFC wild-card game against the Dolphins.

The Steelers trailed Cincinnati 20-6 at halftime before storming back for a 24-20 road victory. They trailed Baltimore, 20-10, in the fourth quarter before coming back for a 31-27 win. And a week ago, they allowed the 1-15 Cleveland Browns to take a 14-0 lead before winning, 27-24, in overtime.

The Bengals, Ravens and Browns all finished .500 or worse. Get behind big in the playoffs, even if the game is at home, and the Steelers might be tempting fate. …

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