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Steelers Fun Facts & Stats - AFC Championship Edition

Some interesting and fun facts and stats about the game yesterday, as well as some figures about individual and team success in the playoffs. Most come from the Steelers website.

* The Steelers 7th Super Bowl appearance is 2nd most in NFL history, trailing only the Dallas Cowboys' total of 8 appearances.

* A win however would give Pittsburgh it's 6th Lombardi Trophy - one more than the Cowboys and 49ers, who both currently are stuck on 5 titles.


* The Steelers who their first home AFC Championship Game since Heinz Field was errected in 2001.

* Hines Ward, who had to leave of course in the 2nd quarter of yesterday's game, still eclipsed the 1,000 yard plateau in his long and illustrious playoff career as a member of the Steelers. Ward finished with 3 catches for 55 yards, giving him 74 receptions for 1,021 yards in the playoffs in just 13 games.

* Hines also extended his streak of catching at least two passes in every playoff game in his career. I sure wouldn't mind seeing him add some extra polish to that Hall of Fame worthy resume of his with a huge performance in the Super Bowl.

* The victory improved the franchise's postseason record to 30-20 (.600)

* The Steelers improved to 8-0 all time against divisional foes in the playoffs (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Oilers)

* Ben Roethlisberger hit 8 different receivers yesterday. You can use that stat as part of the reason why S Ed Reed was not at all involved in the game yesterday. Ben wasn't staring anybody down. Great stuff.

* LaMarr Woodley now has 6 sacks in just 3 playoff games.  Woodley joins elite company...wait, scratch that..Woodley becomes the 1st player in NFL history to have three straight multi-sack playoff games.

* Santonio Holmes seems to be emulating Hines Ward's playoff success. He has scored a TD in three straight playoff games.

* Ben Roethlisberger improved to 7-2 in his career in the playoffs, joining Troy Aikman (7), and Tom Brady (9) as the only three quarterbacks in league history with at least 7 playoff wins in their first 5 professional seasons.