All that Glitters is Not Gold in Pittsburgh


This past NFL season brought many ups and downs for Pittsburgh Steelers fans.  The ups included the win over the New England Patriots (25-17) which was quite pleasant along with the dominating wins over the Seahawks (23-0) and Rams (27-0). Not to mention the Steelers successfully were able to prove the many skeptics wrong by advancing to the playoffs despite their obvious ageing team. Hearing that you might think that ending the regular season with a 12-4 records is pretty peachy but all that glitters is not gold.

The bad began with the first game of the season against the Baltimore Raven’s.   I was in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and made my girlfriend find a bar with the Sunday Ticket so that I could selfishly indulgence in my favorite weekend pastime.  This particular game of the season was a definite heartbreaker and the only low to my otherwise beautiful Caribbean vacation.  By the end of the first quarter the Ravens had managed to score 2 unanswered touchdowns against the Steelers. Ray Rice was the top rusher of the game with 107 rushing yards and 2 Touchdown catches.  Flacco threw for 3 touchdown passes and 224 passing yards.  The final score was 35-7 and this was a reason for concern in regards to the performance of the Steelers and the uncertainty of their season.

The problems continued with the numerous injuries that began piling up early in the season.  Willie Colon suffered a triceps injury during week 1 which resulted in season ending surgery.  Both Scott and Legursky had injuries in September in addition to the numerous other plays that sat games out. By the end of September, there were 9 players who had been suffering from some sort of injury.  Casey Hampton injured his shoulder in October. Harrison had his eye socket injury and Big Ben had an ankle sprain among the laundry list of injuries not mentioned above.  Overall this Steelers team is quickly growing older and despite the success of this veteran team it was evident throughout the season that changes were going to be made one way or another.

Week 9 of the regular season did not put smiles on the faces of Steelers fans.  Pittsburgh lost to the Ravens for the second time this season.  The score 23-20 was closer but it was not satisfying because the Steelers ended up finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record and tied with the Ravens.  However, they were not able to clinch the division because the Ravens had won more AFC North division games by beating Pittsburgh twice.

In December, James Harrison an aggressive hard hitting Pittsburgh Linebacker incurred a 1 game suspension for his hit on the Brown’s QB Mccoy.  His attempt to appeal the suspension was declined and he missed the game against the Niners.  Not having Harrison at this game and an injured Big Ben, Carter, Pouncey and Sanders did not help the Steelers against this successful Niners team. The Niners ended up beating the Steelers 20-3.

The finale of the season was the upset by Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.  I like to refer to this particular game as “the dreaded Wild Card Weekend” in Denver.  Going into this game the Pittsburgh Steelers were thought to have the advantage since they were facing the Broncos who finished the regular season 8-8 with the help of their novice Quarterback Tim Tebow. There were a couple issues that affected the outcome of this game.  For example, on January 6th right before playoffs Running Back Coach Kirby Wilson was injured in an unfortunate fire in his home which greatly upset the Steelers franchise.  Safety Clark was not allowed to play at Mile High Stadium due to the altitude and his condition. Big Ben was getting over his ankle injury suffered toward the end of the season which had an effect on his performance.  The game began with the Broncos dominating the scoreboard the entire first half with 20 total points.

The Steelers entered the second half with vengeance and had a comeback scoring 17 points to Denver’s field goal. This resulted in an overtime to see which team would score first and advance to Foxbourough for the divisional playoff game. On the first play in overtime Tebow threw to Demaryimus Thomas for an 80 yard touchdown. Thomas was able to get passed CB Ike Taylor and Safety Mundy to successfully end this game. This play only took 11 seconds and happened to be the shortest overtime in the history of the NFL. Max Starks and Casey Hampton both suffered knee injuries in this game and this was quite the upset for Pittsburgh fans. The Steelers finished the 2011-2012 season with a 12-5 record and many more changes ahead to be discussed in the next post! This season didn’t end as expected but it didn’t begin as expected either. This just shows that you are only as good as your last game and we didn’t bring it against the Broncos that Wild Card match up but despite the ups and downs, wins or losses I am still a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan for life!

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