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2009 Colts and 2008 Steelers have a lot in common. Hopefully it will stay that way...

I know this is a wierd post but hear me out... after the jump.

The Colts and Steelers looked like the class of their conference for much of the season in both years. Both teams played great defense all year and each team's Defense came up with stops at critical times. Offensively, both teams did not run the ball well and were often forced to lean on their Quarterback in order to move the ball. Also, both Manning and Roethlisberger always seemed to make the plays in the fourth quarter of a close game to help their teams win. It also seemed as though both teams got a lot of breaks during the regular season and seemed to win games that most people thought that they weren't supposed to win. (Colts: @ Dolphins, 49ers, Texans, Patriots, @ Ravens, @ Texans, @ Jaguars) (Steelers: Ravens, @ Jaguars, San Diego, Dallas, @ Ravens)    Both teams found different ways to win each and every week. Now this is where the similarities gets downright scary. Both teams endured heavy criticism going into the Postseason and did not have much momentum. (Colts received criticism for resting players, the Steelers received criticism for playing Ben Roethlisberger in the season finale of a "meaningless" game and watching him suffer a concussion) Both teams came out in their first round playoff games and dominated their opponents with swarming defense and a ball control offense, featuring patient play by both Roethlisberger and Manning. (Steelers beat the Chargers 35-24, Colts beat the Ravens 20-3) Now both teams will host the AFC Championship Game against a team with a rookie Quarterback (Flacco in 2008, Sanchez in 2009) on a team with a great running game, and a Rex Ryan coached Defense fresh off an upset over a heavily favored home team. (Titans in 2008, Chargers in 2009) Hopefully history will continue to repeat itself with a good game by our Quarterback, a poor performance by the rookie Quarteback on the other side, and a trip to the Superbowl. Hopefully that game will be just as exciting for Colts fans, as Super Bowl XLIII was for the Steelers and their fans.   

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