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Steelers on the verge of setting franchise points scored mark

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Locking up a spot in the playoffs is a desirable outcome for the Steelers vs Kansas City, but if Pittsburgh maintains it's pace on offense, a historical undertaking will occur.

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Over the course of their 81-year history, the Pittsburgh Steelers have accomplished many notable feats.  The Super Bowls are obvious, with the six Lombardi Trophies being the most in NFL history.  They've won eight AFC championships, also the most in league history and their 27 appearances in there playoffs are good for fifth best in history.  There are 23 members of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization in the Hall of Fame, third most in the league.

The Steelers have a reputation as a hard-nosed, blue-collar team, evidenced by their terrific defensive units.  The Steel Curtain teams of the 70's that won four Super Bowls are remembered as some of the best defenses of all time, while the mid-to-late-2000s defenses lead by James Harrison and Troy Polamalu are known for the postseason success (three Super Bowl appearances, two wins) and individual accolades (many Pro Bowlers, while Harrison and Polamalu each won a Defensive Player of the Year).  In fact, the Steelers' fearsome defense has finished No. 1 in the league in total defense 10 times, the last of which occurred in 2012.

Unfrotunately, it seems those years are a distant memory.  Luckily for Steeler fans, the opposite side of the ball has transformed into one of the most prolific units in the NFL.  The Pittsburgh offense currently leads the league with 425 yards per game.  If the Steelers maintain this ranking and finish the season as the No. 1 offense in the NFL, it will be the first time they've done so since 1979 and only the second time in team history.

With 28 more points scored, or 14 in each of their final two games, they will become the highest scoring team in franchise history.

Clearly, some hurdles will exist again the Chiefs.  The likes of Justin Houston and Dontari Poe will certainly have something to say about the prolific Steelers attack, but it's worth noting the team that's finished as the top NFL offense has made the postseason three years in a row, and eight times in the last 10 seasons, with only the Saints (2008) and Chargers (2010) failing to qualify for postseason play.

In 1979, the last time the Steelers finished as the top offense, they won their fourth Super Bowl.