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Old 02-04-2006, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default "Destiny" Part V (A continuing Pittsburgh Steelers story)

And so a division rival vs a division rival set up the final wildcard weekend game. With New England, Carolina, and Washington winning their respective games, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati were looking to join the 3.

Week 18 - Wildcard playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
things didn't really start off that well for either team. On Carson Palmer's 2nd offensive play, hids leg was rolled unintentionally on by Kimo Van Oelhoffen, Palmer went down, didn't return. Diagnosis: Torn ligaments in the ACL and MCL. The good thing, he threw a 66 yard pass to Chris Henry, who went down 1 play after that. Cincinnati sent Shayne Graham on, and he kicked good a 23 yard field goal, making it 3-0 Bengals. To close out the 1st quarter, Rudi Johnson ran in a 20 yard touchdown, making it 10-0, and proving no Palmer meant they can still win. Willie Parker closed the gap to start the 2nd quarter, when he cuaght, and ran in a 19 yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger, cutting the Bengal lead to 3, 10-7. Cincinnati replied right back, TJ Houshmanzadeh caught a 7 yard pass from Jon Kitna, extending the lead back to 10, 17-7. However, once again Pittsburgh cut the lead. Hines Ward caught a 5 yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger, which brought it back to within 3 points, and at half-time, 17-14. After the half, Jerome Bettis gave the Steelers their first lead of the game, when he ran in a touchdown from 5 yards, making it 21-17 Steelers. A trick play changed the course of the game, and may have doomed the Bengals. Antwaan Randle El took a reverse, ran to the far side of the field, threw it back laterally to Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger looked downfield, and hit a wide open Cedrick Wilson for a 43 yard touchdown. 28-17 Steelers. In the 4th quarter, Jeff Reed kicked a 21 yard field goal early, and that is all thescoring that would take place. The Steelers for the second time this season came into Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, and won. No one was buying it though, if Carson Palmer played, Pittsburgh may have lost, and now the Steelers have to go play the best team record-wise in the NFL, Indianapolis... in their house.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 31 Cincinnati 17 - Steelers Advance to Divisionals
Record - 12-5

Week 19 - Divisional Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis beat Pittsburgh, 26-7 back on Monday Night Football in the season. Reporters, fans, thought Indianapolis was going to dominate the game, as showed by the 9 point favouritism for Indianapolis. Pittsburgh.. simply was not going to take it. If they had to take it, they wouldn't go down easy. Last time Peyton Manning threw an 80 yard touchdown to Marvin Harrison, on the Colts first drive and their first play. That simply did not happen this time. Indy came out flat, 14 1st quarter points scored by Pittsburgh, giving the Steelers a 14-0 lead after 1 quarter. Both touchdowns were passes from Ben Roethlisberger, one of 7 yards to Antwaan Randle El, and the other 6 yards to Heath Miller. In the 2nd quarter, the lone scoring was by Indy, and it was just a 20 yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt. Pittsburgh was on top and dominating at half-time, 14-3. Jerome Bettis scored on a 1 yard touchdown run, making it 21-3, and that was the lone score of the 3rd quarter. The NFL Nation was in shock. No one expected Indianapolis to play this poorly, or for Pittsburgh to play this greatly. 15 minutes were left for Indy to turn it around, and what a ride it was. Early in, 50 seconds in, Dallas Clark caught a 50 yard touchdown pass from Manning, and that cut the lead to 21-10. 5 minutes later, the most incorrect call of the season occured. Troy Polamalu picked off Peyton Manning, he rolled over 1 time, and got up, as he got up, his knee knocked the ball out of his hand, causing a what seemed fumble. Polamalu recovered it, it was Pittsburgh ball, and the game was just about done. HOWEVER, Tony Dungy's only choice on a play like that was to challenge the call. He challenged, and referee Pete Morelli saw something no one else saw. He overturned the play, and Indy kept the ball. 4 plays later, Edgerrin James ran in a touchdown, and Reggie Wayne caught a 2 point conversion. 21-18 Pittsburgh... could they possibly lose a lead? Pittsburgh wasted 1 minute and 40 seconds, before Chris Gardocki had to punt the ball back.. Indianapolis would have a chance to win it, or tie it. Manning was sacked on 2nd down, a 3rd down pass was thrown incomplete, and then on 4th down, Manning was sacked at his own 2 yard line. Pittsburgh took over on downs, and the game was over... As long as they put the ball in the endzone. Jerome Bettis took a handoff, got stuffed at the line, a helmet came in and knocked the ball loose!!! Not this way, every Steeler fan said.. No one is back there to tackle Nick Harper.. hes gonna score!!! And then out of nowhere, Ben Roethlisberger appeared in the picture, and he made a game-saving tackle for now on Harper. Harper simply had to go to the right, and avoid Ben, he went inside, and was tackled. Manning moved his team to the 29 yard line, setting up a 46 yard field goal for Vanderjagt to tie the game, and send it to Overtime. The kick went up... Looked good, and then fate entered RCA dome, and pushed the ball right. The infamous "He missed" Line showing reactions from Cowher, Bettis, Manning, and Dungy was shown. Pittsburgh.. was going to the AFC Championship, and one game away from taking the Bus home to Detroit.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 21 Indianapolis 18 - Pittsburgh advances to the AFC title game.
Record - 13-5

Week 20 - AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
Yeah, Pittsburgh beat #3 Cincinnati on the road.. Yeah Pittsburgh beat #1 Indianapolis on the road, but those were "Lucky wins" If Palmer didn't get injured, or if Vanderjagt didn't choke, Pittsburgh wasn't going to the AFC Championship. Once again, the Steelers were udnerdogs, taking on #2 Denver.. Could the Steelers cap off the AFC with wins over the 1,2,and 3 seeds on the road? One field goal kick was made in the first quarter, it went to Jeff Reed. He kicked good a 47 yard field goal, giving visiting Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead. 6 seconds into the 2nd quarter, Pittsburgh extended the lead to 10, when Cedrick Wilson caught a 12 yard touchdown from Roethlisberger. Score, 10-0 Pittsburgh. Denver replied, but it was a small reply. Jason Elam kicked a 23 yard field goal, making it 10-3. Pittsburgh then exploded, and scored two more 1st half touchdowns. Jerome Bettis ran in a 3 yard touchdown, and Hines Ward caught a 17 yard touchdown from Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh led surprisingly 24-3 at half-time, and seemed to have the game. The lone score in the 3rd quarter, cut the lead to 14. Ashley Lelie caught a 30 yard pass from Jake Plummer, making it 24-10 after 3 quarters for Pittsburgh. Jeff Reed extended the lead to 17, kicking good a 42 yard field goal, 27-10 Pittsburgh. Denver fired back, a 3 yard run from Mike Anderson made it 27-17 for Pittsburgh. Could Denver now make a comeback? No, it simply wouldn't happen. Ben Roethlisberger ran in a touchdown from 7 yards out, capping off an AFC Championship victory, 34-17. Jerome Bettis was going to first ever Super bowl, and it was home, in Detroit, Michigan. Pittsburgh had beaten not only the 3 teams they played, but the reporters, the media, the betters, and everyone else. An unthinkable 3 road victories over the top 3 seeds in the division put Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. The media, the betters, and the reporters, and everyone else decided... Hmmm... maybe this team is good enough to do it. Pittsburgh became a favourite for the Super Bowl, and to beat the Seattle Seahawks on February 5th. Favourites/Underdogs, who cares, Pittsburgh proved that underdog means nothing.
FINAL SCORE - Pittsburgh 34 Denver 17 - Pittsburgh advances to the Super Bowl Record - 14-5

And so the stage was set.. Seattle vs Pittsbrugh, Super Bowl 40, Super Bowl 'Xtra Large' in Detroit, Michigan.

Look for the final Part of "Destiny" on Monday, whether the Steelers win, or the Steelers ose, it will be here. Enjoy the game, and once again, thank you for reading.
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thanks for writing.
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Not a bad wrap up...
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