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Old 02-25-2010, 07:25 PM   #207

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Ben Roethlisberger has a record in the playoffs of 8-2 whilst Peyton Manning has a record in the playoffs of 8-8. The Playoffs are where only the clutch play and Manning made mistakes in last years Super Bowl loss to New Orleans in overtime. Ben Roethlisberger threw 27 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions for 3437 yards and 498 attempts. Payton Manning won the MVP and threw 35 touchdowns to 11 interceptions for 4627 yards on 631 attempts. Manning registered a QB rating of 98.5 and Roethlisberger registered a rating of 98.1

Wide Recievers:Indianapolis
Indianapolis's Reggie Wayne recorded 136 receptions for 1955 yards and 19 touchdowns, Dallas Clark registered 116 receptions for 1113 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Steelers lost Hines Ward, Mike Wallace and Limas Sweed to injuries and Heath Miller caught 69 balls for 684 yards and 3 touchdowns. Santonio Holmes recorded 78 receptions for 899 yards and 7 touchdowns. It's clear the Colts were more productive in the passing game and are healthy in that are for tonight's game.

Offensive Line:Pittsburgh
The Colts gave up 67 sacks to Pittsburgh's 36. The Colts gave up 3.9 sacks per games to Pittsburgh's 2.1. Max Starks was voted Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Running Backs:Pittsburgh
Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 299 times for 1233 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ole Miss Rookie Dexter McCluster ran the ball 45 times for 338 yards for a big average of 7.5 yards per carry. Joseph Addai carried the ball 195 times for 801 yards but did not fumble the football and scored 7 touchdowns. The Colts run game may not get anything going against the Steelers.

Defensive Line:Indianapolis
Dwight Freeney registered 16 sacks and Robert Mathis 7. Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel combined for just 7 sacks.

The Steelers gave up under 900 yards of rushing on defense through James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Woodley and Farrior were voted to the Pro Bowl whilst James Harrison is on Injured Reserve. Timmons will be on the outiside and Micah Johnson will make his first start at Middle Linebacker. LaMarr Woodley tied the Franchise record with 16 sacks this season.

Last Year the Steelers cornerbacks combined for just 2 interceptions. This year Earl Thomas alone had 7 interceptions and each game they had won. Troy Polamalu had 3 interceptions with Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor notching one each. Bob Sanders and Marvin Bullitt had 3 and 4 interceptions respectively but were nothing of the ballhawkers as Earl Thomas.

Overall Advantage:Pittsburgh
Expect the Steelers to come out with a close 21-17 win.
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