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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th86.4 (26th)251.1 (10th)
Defense13th115.6 (18th)221.6 (10th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

The Sports Xchange
Inside slant · Strategy and personnel · Notes, quotes

--Four of the five Steelers' losses this season came to teams representing two-name cities: New Orleans, New England, New York and Green Bay. And, for the first time wearing their white jerseys in four Super Bowls, they lost.

--Troy Polamalu has been fingered as having done little in the Super Bowl to show he was defensive player of the year in 2011. But that looks more like a coaching decision to keep him deep and prevent the Packers from hitting the big pass play.

"When you spread out the offense the way they do," Polamalu said, "you're able to put somebody on one side of the field and just work on the opposite side of the field."

--Hines Ward mentioned that he could not watch any TV in the days after the Super Bowl because all it showed was Green Bay. The Steelers took the loss hard because no one on that team had ever lost in a Super Bowl - the only other one lost by Pittsburgh came 15 years earlier.

"I lost an AFC Championship Game one time and the pain was there for about four to six weeks," linebacker James Harrison said. "I don't know how long this is going to last but I hope it is over with fast."

--Ward was still bemoaning that final two-minute drive that started off with a 15-yard completion to Heath Miller and then a 5-yard completion to Ward. But after the catch by Ward, the confused Steelers wasted 30 seconds lining up for second down and it was followed by three consecutive incomplete passes to Mike Wallace.

"We were scrambling a little bit because we lost Emmanuel," coordinator Bruce Arians said regarding the broken foot to WR Emmanuel Sanders. "Guys were in a little bit different position and we lost a little bit of time to set up."

"He just told me it's not even an option so don't even think about it." - Hines Ward, on what coach Mike Tomlin told him about retiring.

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