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Steelers Great Eight Heartbreak Tournament Begins: Quarterfinals Game One

Here we go Steeler Nation, time for the Steelers Great Eight Heartbreak Tournament. Here is Game One of the Quarterfinals. By definition, we are not asking solely for your personal experience per se. Such would be categorically unfair to earlier games and skewed to the advantage of more recent games. Of course, use your personal experience when possible, and then project yourself into those games you did not experience. We are asking you to place yourself in Steeler Nation as a whole during the time when each game was played. Thus, the precise question will be, "Which of these two playoff losses was more painful to Steeler Nation."

Regarding Tournament seeding, I started with my basic outline, but did make a few tweaks according to the feedback from the comments after each write-up. The seeds are below. You can click on them to review the write-ups and follow-up discussions in order to help you with voting information:

Seed #1: 1972 - Dolphins 21, Steelers 17

Seed #2: 1995 - Cowboys 27, Steelers 17

Seed #3: 1994 - Chargers 17, Steelers 13

Seed #4: 2001 - Patriots 24, Steelers 17

Seed #5: 1976 - Raiders 24, Steelers 7

Seed #6: 1997 - Broncos 24, Steelers 21

Seed #7 2004 - Patriots 41, Steelers 27

Seed #8 2002 - Titans 34, Steelers 31 (ot)