Let me tell you a story about the time the Steelers played the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship. Better yet, let me tell you a story about the time the Steelers BEAT the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship.
What a win!
Today, it's hugs all around...
Tighten that grip a little there, Ben.
Hope that hug didn't herniate a disc in Marvell Smith's back (disclaimer: that is a joke).
Man, that's like a Matrix style hug.
There are so many reasons why this is awesome.
These two put their tongues in each others mouths right after this.
I said it last night and I'm going to say it again this morning for good measure - you can't beat a team three times in a season, huh? HA! I guess nobody told Mike Tomlin and the Steelers that.
For the second Monday in a row, I find myself quite pleased. There were certainly less "highs" in last night's game than the San Diego game. But the only thing that matters is that Tomlin ultimately got the Gatorade bath.
We knew the Ravens were going to be a hard sell, but all in all, I'd say anytime you hold an opponent to under 200 yards of total offense, you can't really complain.
Plus, this makes two weeks in a row that Ben has made some pretty good plays. He was getting pretty good protection, and most importantly, he didn't make any major mistakes.
Oh, and guess what Joe Flacco fan club? Flacco - 13/30, 141 yards, 0 TDs and THREE INTERCEPTIONS!! Big Ben - 16/33, 255 yards, 1 TD, and NO INTERCEPTIONS!! You're a good man, Joe Flacco. This just wasn't your year. But hey, At least your unibrow got some good play.
PS - Fire your PR rep. And your genetics. That or resolve yourself to a lifetime of celibacy. Your choice.
Ish don't think so.
That said, I mean, the Ravens secondary was down to like guys who were working at Sizzler last week. So, does that matter? Who knows.
I'm not going to make light of it too much. But I will say that I hope Willis McGahee is alright. That was a hell of a clock cleaner, and he didn't look too hot. My thoughts and prayers go out to him.
Anyways, here are this weeks "Things That Were Awesome," "Things That Were Not Awesome," and "Things That Made Me Wish I Had Gone To Church"...
THINGS THAT WERE AWESOME
1. Our 1st offensive drive for 3
2. Stopping them on 4th down after Willie's Fumble
3. Deshea's pick
4. Ben to Santonio on the 1st play of the 2nd Quarter
5. Silverback's hit on McClain
6. Sweed's haymaker to Corey Ivy's jaw
7. Heaths play on 2nd and 24
8. Troy's pick six!
9. Anthony Madison = Special Teams Ace
10. Tomlin kept it real
THINGS THAT WERE NOT AWESOME
1. Willie fumbling
2. Hines hurt...though, he was cool to high five everyone afterward
3. Not spiking the ball quick enough at the end of first half
4. Longest. Game. Ever.
5. Joe Flacco's unibrow
THINGS THAT MADE ME WISH I HAD GONE TO CHURCH
1. Letting them hang around until late
2. Mitch Berger shank punt special
3. Special Teams run back that led to Ravens 1st TD
4. Letting them get 7 in the 4th quarter
5. Willie Colon - two false start penalties
Who gets canned first - Andy Reid or Donovan McNabb?
What an epic facial expression.
Get ready for Arizona, kids!
The Whis and Kurt Warner have already started their mobile make out session. This ought to be a fun two weeks.
We've got a whole new ballgame on our hands, now. I can't friggin' wait!
Only one thing left to do...
So, how awesome was that?