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Crunching the Numbers: Weeks 16 & 17, domes, and the NFC

Pulling out victories in the last two weeks of the season has been a specialty for the Steelers as of late.

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The Steelers have finished up the final two games of the season very strong over the years. The Steelers currently have a five-game winning streak in Week 16 and 17 games. The only team with a longer streak is the Kansas City Chiefs at seven games.


Going back the previous five NFL seasons, the Steelers have a league-leading record of 9–1 in the final two weeks of the season. The next closest team is a seven-way tie at 7-3. The Steelers lone defeat was the Week-16 loss in Baltimore in 2015.


Dating back to 2013, the Steelers have scored 30 touchdowns in the final two weeks of the season. This total has the Steelers tied with the New Orleans Saints for the most over the five-year span. As stated before, the Steelers are 9-1 in those games while the Saints are 6-4.


Since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach in 2007, the Steelers are 18-4 in games played in Weeks 16 and 17. Of those four losses, two were in Baltimore. In addition to the 2015 loss, the other game was in 2007 in which Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward both rested for the playoffs. In fact, Coach Tomlin began 1-2 in games played in the final two weeks of the season, only to follow it with an eight-game win streak.


The Steelers have not lost any of their last eight games in the final two weeks of the season that were against NFC opponents. The last time the Steelers lost against an NFC team in Week 16 or 17 was in 1996 versus the Carolina Panthers. The last time the Steelers faced an NFC opponent in the final two weeks of the season was in 2013 when they defeated the Green Bay Packers.


The Steelers week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints will be the first time the Steelers have traveled to a domed stadium since October 2017. Under Mike Tomlin, the Steelers are 5-1 when traveling to a dome, and 2–0 specifically in the month of December. The only indoor loss Tomlin has on his resume is in New Orleans.

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I thought I better specify I was referring to the Roman numeral and not the movie rating. The Steelers are currently a seven-point underdog going to New Orleans this weekend. The last time the Steelers faced an NFC opponent where they were more than a six point underdog was January 1996 in Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys.