--Pittsburgh's fifth appearance in an AFC Championship Game in the past 10 years comes against a franchise the Steelers have dominated since the 1970 NFL merger.
The Steelers are 16-4 lifetime against the New York Jets including a 7-1 record in Pittsburgh. But here's the rub: The Jets have won the past two, including 22-17 last month for their first victory ever in Pittsburgh. And the only time they've met in the postseason, the Steelers needed overtime at Heinz Field after the 2005 season to win after New York's Doug Brien missed two field goals in the final two minutes that would have given them a victory.
So in some ways the Jets are on a mini-roll against the Steelers, who well remember their loss to them in Heinz Field last month.
"I'm sure we're going to take some things from it," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Hopefully we learn from the mistakes we made that got us beat, to correct them and not make them again."
In that game, the Steelers gave up a touchdown on the opening kickoff when Brad Smith ran it back 97 yards for a touchdown. They also allowed a late safety that meant they could not kick a field goal to tie when their long drive at the end of the game succumbed at the Jets' 10-yard line when two Ben Roethlisberger passes into the end zone missed their marks.
Few expect the kind of trash talking this week that occurred between New York and New England last week. These two teams just aren't as familiar with one another, having played only twice in the past five seasons.
"The only story line we have is six Lombardi Trophies," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said.
He stated it in a matter of fact way, but the Jets might take that as a shot because they haven't even appeared in a Super Bowl since 1969, when Joe Namath predicted and then pulled an upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
-- Although there were an extra 1,300 temporary seats at Heinz Field (from the NHL Winter Classic game) sold, the attendance of 64,879 for Saturday's playoff vs. Baltimore was nowhere near close to a record and 700 fewer than for a 2009 regular-season game against the Vikings, when 65,597 attended without the extra seats. All games are sold out, so there were at least 1,500 no-shows.
-- The Jets rushed for 106 yards against the Steelers last month at Heinz Field and while that is not that much, it represents the most against them this season. The Steelers led the NFL by far in stopping the run, allowing 62.8 yards a game. The only other team to top 100 against Pittsburgh was New England with 103.
-- The playoff game vs. Baltimore brought in an estimated $19.2 million to the city of Pittsburgh in direct spending.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's a special quarterback and he's done that his whole career. He's never mentioned among the top quarterbacks for some reason, but I don't know why that's the case. He gets the job done." -- Tight end Heath Miller on Ben Roethlisberger, who ran his postseason record to 9-2:
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