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Old 08-11-2008, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default 2006 Run through the Playoffs Revisited

So over the last few weeks I've plugged in all 4 CDs from the 2006 Playoffs and have the following thoughts on the games:

Wild Card vs. Bungles:
1) The bungles outplayed the Steelers for the first 30 minutes
2) Someone forgot to tell the bungles it's a 60 minute game
3) I can't imagine how bad it would have been if the Steelers played 60 minutes that day

Divisional vs. Colts:
1) The colts may have been the better team on paper but that day the Steelers we all around better on the field
2) Cowher went into the prevent offense way too soon
3) The defense won that game hands down
4) Polamalu was robbed of the INT

Championship vs. Broncos:
1) Another game that the Steelers dominated
2) Cowher once again went into prevent offense
3) Cedric Wilson was a beast this game
4) Hines Ward can take a hit

Super Bowl vs. Seahags:
1) Man the refs missed a lot of calls
2) Seattle outplayed the Steelers for about 23 minutes
3) Again, it's a 60 minute game
4) The holding call that took back the long gain was just as bad as the holding call against the seahags in the first quarter. The difference, it negated a big play.
5) That chop block call on hasselback was a over the top, although the Steelers had a similar call against them in an earlier game.
6) That pushoff in the endzone, although ticky-tack, was still a pushoff.
7) Good teams overcome their own mistakes
8) Did I mention the fumble that wasn't a fumble?
9) If not for Ben's INT, the Steelers blow this game wide open
10) It was good to watch the confetti fall (again)

Overall:
1) The Steelers had a dominating defense but it was overused
2) The offense went into prevent mode way too soon, putting too much pressure on the Defense
3) I'd like to see a, "Stick a fork in them, they're done" mentality on the offense (i.e. score enough points that we don't have to worry about the other team coming back and take some pressure off the defense)
4) I miss Cowher on the sideline, but I'm excited to watch Tomlin in the Super Bowl
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2006 Run through the Playoffs Revisited

One thing I always notice watching the playoff run is how good Palamalu can be.
Not many big plays in the Superbowl itself, but he played the prior 3 playoff games as good as a safety can and was all over the field.
If we can get that Troy back this year the defence will be scary good again.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2006 Run through the Playoffs Revisited

I agree with all of your points.

About Troy though... I have a sick feeling that "Troy" may be gone forever. He's been hurt the last 2 seasons. I don't know if he'll ever get back to that level of play again. It's a shame, because he can break a game open for us.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:05 AM   #4
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I agree with all of your points.

About Troy though... I have a sick feeling that "Troy" may be gone forever. He's been hurt the last 2 seasons. I don't know if he'll ever get back to that level of play again. It's a shame, because he can break a game open for us.
There is plenty of evidence to support your statement. I agree with you. I'm just glad he was at his peak during out SB year.
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I agree with all of your points.

About Troy though... I have a sick feeling that "Troy" may be gone forever. He's been hurt the last 2 seasons. I don't know if he'll ever get back to that level of play again. It's a shame, because he can break a game open for us.
Gone from that level of play consistantly enough to earn his pay check he is getting right now.......Probably.
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Steelers playoff experience beat the Bengals in the '06.

The Bengals were pumped from the home crowd and came at the Steelers early. Pittsburgh took their best shot, and were only down by three at halftime, then the Bengals inexperience came into play, they began to panic and their collars were tightening. The rest is history.

Steelers owned the Colts. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. That game should've been 28-10 or worse. That robbed Polamalu INT and Bettis' fluke fumble gave Indy life when they should've had none.

Steelers owned Denver, but they've owned us since.

Super Bowl XL, let's just say I'm still blue from arguing with the Waahawk fans. So I won't comment. F the 12th Man, F them, and F their team.
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Denver also owned us before that game.
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I really miss the Plummer days of Denver. We killed them that game. I remember being extremly confident going into it as well. I think thats the only AFC Championship game were I felt like a win was guaranteed since the Colts in '95. Denver (Elway Denver is a BIIIIIG difference), Pats, Pats....I was honestly scared of all 3. Not this one.
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XL- Before Ben threw that interception and the Seahawk ran it way back, the Steelers were on the verge of completely destroying Seattle. Had he hit Cedric Wilson the score would have been 28-3 and then they would have had to start throwing like crazy. It might've ended up 42-10. Holmgren badly mismanaged the clock at the end of the 1st half. I knew it was over when ARE threw the TD pass. Holmgren was a big fat crybaby for not shaking Cowher's hand.

Colts Game- The Bettis fumble nearly gave me a heart attack. The linebackers were beastly in that game. "LINEBACKERS GONE WILD"

Denver- That one was done at the half though Denver never gave up.
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Steelers playoff experience beat the Bengals in the '06.

The Bengals were pumped from the home crowd and came at the Steelers early. Pittsburgh took their best shot, and were only down by three at halftime, then the Bengals inexperience came into play, they began to panic and their collars were tightening. The rest is history.

Wasn't that the game that Palmer got hurt though? That was a huge blow to that offense and ultimately led to their demise. Still, if I remember right, (as is typical of Cincy) they were certainly (at a minimum) outcoached.

To avoid any possible further e-hate. I did see the hit on his knee. It looked a lot more like a Bengals lineman fault (crappy blocking into the knee) than it was a "cheap shot".

I can't remember the site I was on at the time, but I defended the Steelers player from day one...and when the Troll-Patrol came out...I quit the site.
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