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BlitzburghRockCity 03-11-2005 06:03 PM

What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
We've had home field advantage in the playoffs so often and we seem to blow it at the wrong time. Now you can contribute that to, well, Kordell was choker, or we were just over confident or whatever. And last year, I think Ben was just at the end of his rope in the championship game. The turnovers just killed us, as did the bad decisions and breakdowns at other positions on both sides of the ball . but the learning experience was valuable to say the least.

Still though, there are some that would say, just gimme a first round bye and a home playoff game, and lets risk going on the road in the AFC champ. game. I still say thats crap. If u can play infront of ur home town,u always want that advantage.

HinesWard4Life8682 03-11-2005 06:36 PM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
yeah... like Hines Ward said

"It's the worst feeling to see them celebrating on our field."

They blew home feild advantage twice against the pats

clevestinks 03-11-2005 06:43 PM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
Hines ward also said that he would almost rather play on the road. He feels the team is more focused and has a better sense of unity when they stay together in hotels and that. Still we like going to the games and watching them win. I say get home field advantage and stay at the Sheraton downtown, stay together all weekend if you want, take the gateway clipper to the game together, just win the damn game.

ironcitychef 03-12-2005 12:02 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
No way. Play at home. Besides the fact that it is a statistical advantage(I think it was like 60-70% of home teams won this year), look at Cowher's record on the road in the playoffs. Anyone see any wins?

JerseySTEEL 03-12-2005 12:12 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
we were just egttign back what we gave the Raiders hehe.

Steelersfan 03-12-2005 02:15 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ironcitychef
No way. Play at home. Besides the fact that it is a statistical advantage(I think it was like 60-70% of home teams won this year), look at Cowher's record on the road in the playoffs. Anyone see any wins?

On the other hand "how many wins he got at home in the AFC championship?" That would be a big 1. The only common piece here is the coach. I'm telling ya, I like Cowher but I think he his stubborn and doesn't like to change things up. You have to do that to win in the playoffs! He plays not to lose games when he should be playing to win them. The FG at the start of the 4th quarter is a case in point. You are down by 14 so what does a FG do? Not a thing but show the Pats we aren't willing to take the chance to win.

JerseySTEEL 03-12-2005 02:18 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
Fan that whole game he did risky calls and we screwed them up so u cant say he wasnt playign to win.

Steelersfan 03-12-2005 02:23 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JerseySTEEL
Fan that whole game he did risky calls and we screwed them up so u cant say he wasnt playign to win.

Could you tell me what plays we called that were risky and we screwed up? The Bettis fumble? That didn't even matter as it was 4th down and we didn't get it. I can't think of another that would be rated as risky. The FG did nothing for the team. What would he have to lose? Down by 11 or 14? Still 2 scores (with a 2pt conversion which is where we were to begin with). Should have gone for it, best case we are down only 7, worst the Pats get the ball at the 2 and we are still down 2 scores.

JerseySTEEL 03-12-2005 02:26 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
After u ahd 2 fumbles and drops int he endzone u dont go for it it ant madden. its football u go with what got u there and put a couple sneaky plays in there, the thing we didnt do at all was creens which i thougth was rly dumb they work well for us.

Steelersfan 03-12-2005 02:33 AM

Re: What is it w/ us and home field in the playoffs?
 
I agree with the screens. We didn't do nearly enough that game. But when you are down 14 and the other team is scoring you need to "try" and do the same. FG's will not cut it in the playoffs unless you are kicking the last one. As much as I hate to say it we were lucky to get by the Jets. We never should have won that game the way it played out. Against the Pats and being down we should have let it all hang out and gone for the win.


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