The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars are about to square off in the AFC Divisional round, and while most are talking about the two team’s history, the Steelers’ history in the divisional round simply speaks for itself.
As reported by Steelers.com reporter Missi Matthews, the Steelers own an impressive franchise record of 16-9 in Divisional Playoff games, with a 12-2 mark at home. However, since Heinz Field opened in 2001, the Steelers are 4-0 in such games at the ‘Big Ketchup Bottle’.
In the Ben Roethlisberger era, the Steelers are 3-0 at home in Divisional games:
2004: 20-17 (OT) win over the Jets
2009: 35-24 win over the Chargers
2010: 31-24 win over the Ravens
Those are the only three home Divisional games Roethlisberger has played at Heinz Field in his 14-year career.
While a lot of Jacksonville fans are pointing to the 2007 season when a Jack Del Rio and David Garrard led team came into Heinz Field twice and beat the Steelers, the latter victory in the AFC Wild Card round, history doesn’t lie when it comes to the Steelers’ record at home in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.
There is a reason they play the game, but if history is any indicator, the Steelers could be well on their way to a second-straight trip to the AFC Championship game.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, and others, as they unfold leading up to the big game Sunday.