I just got done watching the Houston Texans put the Cincinnati Bengals out to pasture with a very impressive, 31-10, victory at Reliant stadium.
So, now, along with their first playoff appearance in team history, the Houston Texans can also put their first ever postseason win in the record books.
What this means if you're a Steelers fan and were holding out hope for one last tailgating session outside of Heinz Field is that the Steelers have officially been eliminated from playing any postseason games at home. The Bengals entered the playoffs as the 6th seed, and if they could have somehow found a way to win two games, and if Pittsburgh could keep pace with two victories of their own, the Steelers would have hosted the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game on January 22nd, and we all would have spent the entire week leading up to the game looking ahead to the Super Bowl on February 5th.
Now, the winner of the Broncos/Steelers wild card clash will be the lowest seed heading into the second round. And in the NFL, the lowest seed always plays the highest. In this case, the highest seed is New England by virtue of their AFC-best 13-3 regular season record. That means a trip to Foxboro to take on the Patriots next Saturday night for whoever walks away from the first ever Tebow Bowl with a victory tomorrow evening.
As a Steeler fan, provided they get past Denver tomorrow, I like this scenario. The Patriots' offense is predicated on rhythm and timing, and a bye week could throw Tom Brady and Co. off a bit.
The Patriots fell behind by three scores in each of their last two games, and even though they did bounce back to defeat both the Dolphins and Bills, it might not be so easy against the Steelers and their number one ranked defense.
If it takes the Patriots a couple of quarters to find their groove on offense, and if the Steelers roll into New England after having found their offensive rhythm the week before, Pittsburgh could be celebrating a second-straight berth in the AFC Championship game.
But, that's getting way ahead of myself. It's very dangerous to assume. You know what they say about people who do that, and I don't want anyone to call me an ass tomorrow night.
First things first, deck those Yonkos!