Steelers Vs. Ravens: With Win in Divisional Round Over Baltimore, Pittsburgh Would Make Record 15th Conference Championship Game Apperance

Every fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers knows that the organization's six Super Bowl wins are the gold standard in NFL history. I imagine though that fewer know the exact number of Conference Championship Games the Steelers have appeared in. Well, let's take a look.

The teams with the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970:

TEAM

MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Pittsburgh Steelers

14

Dallas Cowboys

14

San Francisco 49ers

12

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

L.A./St. Louis Rams

9

 

A few more quick statistics for you:

  • With 31 postseason wins, the Steelers trail the stagnant Dallas Cowboys (33) for most postseason wins in NFL history.
  • By my count, the Steelers are 12-7 all-time in the Divisional Round game. How about by decade? The Steelers were 4-1 during the 2000s (and really, 5-0 considering Joe Nedney is the worst sportsman ever and deserves to be banished to some pansy-ass soccer league for his flop routine in the 2002 playoffs). The Steelers went 3-2 in Div. Round games during the '90s, 1-2 in the '80s, and finally, during the dynasty years of the '70s, the Steelers made an incredible eight appearances in such games, going 6-2. Actually, there's one more, a 1947 loss to the Eagles.
  • Guess who owns the two winning percentages in NFL playoff history? Yup, the Ravens at 9-5 (.643) and the Steelers at 31-19, (.620). As I wrote earlier for the Washington Post's NFL League Panel discussion about which games is most 'intriguing' this weekend, Baltimore's 9-5 record is definitely impressive, but with only a fraction of the sample size of the Steelers' rich postseason past, they've still got a long ways to go before being considered one of the great playoff teams in NFL playoff lore.
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