Coach Jock Sutherland led the Steelers to a first-place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1947 but they lost their first postseason game ever to the Eagles, 21-0.
Maddox would lead the Steelers to four straight wins as they overcame their slow start to reclaim first place in the newly formed AFC North. Roethlisberger would play well a week later in Atlanta with three touchdown passes before leaving with a concussion as the Steelers were stunned by the Falcons in overtime 41-38.
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Fortunately the Dolphins offense bordered on incompetent and they were unable to get going either. Develop and advance an empire through historical ages and into the future. Nonetheless, the Steelers would close out the season with a 31-0 whitewashing of the Browns, to get the all important playoff bye, as they won their second straight AFC North Title with a 12-4 record.
However, with back up Cliff Stoudt passing for 2,553 yards the Steelers continue to be a playoff contender by willing 9 of their first 11 games.
The Browns would make a game of it in the second half and battle back to tie things up in the fourth quarter. However, a week later there would be no saving the Steelers who were beaten 24-21 by the Denver Broncos in Three Rivers Stadium. Burfict, who was also ejected for a dangerous play and the rest of the Bengals threw a tantrum resulting in another 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty to put the ball into Field Goal range.
In overtime again, the Steelers again needed a last-second field goal from Boswell to beat the Green Bay Packers 31-28. Trailing 36-30 with three seconds left, Roethlisberger connected with Wallace again as time expired on a 19 yard game winning Touchdown pass that resembled the Santonio Holmes Super Bowl winning catch, as Ben Roethlisberger passed for 503 yards with three touchdown passes. How were the Pittsburgh Steelers founded?
Six was the magic number again just one week later as Ben Roethlisber repeated six touchdowns performance in a 43-23 Sunday Night win over the Ravens at Heinz Field. Starting the season on the road against the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers got things started with bang as Tyler Matakevich blocked a punt and scored a touchdown.
In the 3rd Quarter it appeared the Oilers shad actually tied the game but a TD catch was ruled out of bounds, as the Steelers stayed out in front before pulling away with a 27-13 victory.
The fourth quarter would be all Steelers, as they scored 25 unanswered points with Bell ringing for two touchdowns, but the big play was a 94 yard pass play to Martavis Bryant which broke the game open in a 42-21 win.
On Christmas Day the Steelers played the role of Grinch as they took out their frustrations on the Houston Texans in a 34-6 win. The Steelers would make the score look close at the end with Brown catching a score touchdown pass and Lance Moore getting a two point reception at the end of a 35-32 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
However, after two frustrating losses he would resign, and be replaced by Buff Donelli. The Steelers did their part by beating the Cleveland Browns 16-9.