Steeler Nation is well aware of how improbably the Pittsburgh Steelers run to Lombardi No. 5 was during the 2005 playoffs. As the No. 6 seed, the Steelers -- much like this year's Green Bay Packers -- had to play all three postseason games away from the comfy confines of Heinz Field. However, it's not just the Steelers drive to Super Bowl five that was a statistical improbability. An interesting post recently published on ESPN's stats and info blog shows just how improbable the Steelers postseason success has been throughout franchise history.
I'll let you read the rest, but here's a chart from the article showing the estimated probability since the merger of any one team advancing on to particular playoff rounds.
Estimated Probability (since 1970) Playoff Advancement In A Given Season
|Super Bowl Appearance||6.9|
|Win Super Bowl||3.4|
|> Based on avg of 29 teams in league|
Go Steelers! Continue defying the odds!