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Old 02-07-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Perrotto: Talk of dynasty can be put to rest

Perrotto: Talk of dynasty can be put to rest
By: John Perrotto
Beaver County Times

Monday February 7, 2011 12:24 AM

ARLINGTON, Texas — The exact numerical definition of a dynasty does not exist. There is no magical mathematical formula to determine one.

A dynasty, instead, is something you feel. It is a work of art, not a product of science.

When the Steelers won four Super Bowls in a six-year span from 1974-79, they were a dynasty. There was no doubt they were the dominant franchise in the NFL during that six-year span.

The current Steelers would have been considered a dynasty if they had beaten the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium.

Yet the dynasty will have to wait, maybe forever now. The Steelers fell too far behind for a spirited rally to really matter as they lost 31-25.

Instead of having a third Super Bowl title to go with their 2005 and 2008 championships, the Steelers have to settle for two Lombardi trophies and three AFC championships in a six-year span. It’s a good run, for sure, just not dynastic.

The Steelers, though, weren’t thinking about a dynasty lost in the moments after the game ended. They were trying to deal with the emotional pain of the franchise losing in the Super Bowl for just the second time in eight tries.

“You’re not thinking about your place in the history as the season goes on,” linebacker James Farrior said. “You just concentrate on each week, each game, trying to get better from one week to the next. You can’t really put things into context at this point. All I know it’s disappointing to lose this game. We didn’t play well enough to win and the Packers did.”

The Steelers certainly did not look like a team that had won 14 of 18 games this season prior to Sunday.

They had three turnovers and all led to Packers’ touchdown, the most damaging a fumble by Rashard Mendenhall early in the fourth quarter. The Steelers had cut a 21-3 deficit to 21-17 and seemed headed toward a go-ahead score.

Ben Roethlisberger’s final stats were OK but he didn’t play like a quarterback who had won two Super Bowls. While he completed 25 of 40 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns, he misfired badly on many of his 15 incompletions and was intercepted twice.

The defense was soft, even though it knew it could usually load up against the pass, as it allowed 338 yards and forced no turnovers.

“We just didn’t play well, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” said defensive end Brett Keisel whose moist and reddened eyes were his most distinguishing feature after this game rather than his well-publicized beard.

“What hurts is that we know we’re better than we played tonight. It’s difficult to walk out of here on such a bad note.”

Especially on a night when they had the opportunity to be forever remembered as an NFL dynasty.
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