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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    Players message to fans - be loud

    By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
    Posted Jan 20, 2011


    Steelers’ fans, the players have a message for you this week. Be loud.

    “Lots of noise, lots of excitement,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “We want energy, which they always bring, but take it to the next level. Mark Sanchez uses a cadence and I want it to be so loud they can’t hear him talk.”

    The players were energized by the crowd during the Divisional Playoff game against the Ravens, and are hoping for that same kind of response this week.

    “I want them to be exactly like they were last week,” said Chris Hoke. “They were loud, excited, they were into it. We need that so their offense has a hard time making checks in their reads and confuse them, go out and make some false starts.”

    Many players said this week that the last game was the loudest they have ever heard Heinz Field get, and they are hoping for more.

    “Be crazy, the same as last week, even louder if it can,” said Mike Wallace. “I want it to be loud from start to finish. Last week I sat back and saw the towels. It was amazing. That is the first time I really realized how special Heinz Field is.”

    Some players even credited the seats that were added to the South end zone for helping as well.

    “I want my ear drums to bust,” said Hines Ward. “I want it to be so loud they shatter all those lights up in the stadium. That’s how loud we need it to be.”

    * * *

    It should come as no surprise that Antwaan Randle El is enjoying the Steelers post-season run. Randle El left via free agency after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL, signing with the Washington Redskins. He missed the Steelers run to Super Bowl XLIII, but is glad to be back with the black and gold in the post-season.

    “This is why I came back, to be in the AFC Championship game, to work to go to the Super Bowl,” said Randle El. “I came back to win the Super Bowl. God has blessed us with the opportunity to keep going in the playoffs, but it’s a big one this week.”

    Larry Foote is another player enjoying things. Foote signed with the Detroit Lions last offseason, and is glad he isn’t missing this post-season with the Steelers.

    “Just the experience, you have to go through it to know what I am talking about,” said Foote. “It’s something special, something I will take with me forever.

    “This will be my fourth AFC Championship game but it always seems like it’s impossible at the beginning of the season when you go through a little adversity. But we have a good group of core guys and we are back for the fourth one.”

    Randle El said that the veterans have let the players know how special this time of year is and that they should embrace it.

    “We always try to tell them and encourage them,” said Randle El. “You have to thank God you are here. There is no certainty you will get back to this situation. A lot of guys only played in one playoff game in their career, a lot none at all. But you want to get that W.”

    * * *

    There are mixed feelings as to whether or not playing a team for a second time is an advantage or not, but one player who put it in the simplest of terms was Randle El.

    “There are no advantages when it comes to the AFC Championship game,” said Randle El. “You just have to come out and win. They are going to have some tweaks that are going to help them on offense. We are going to have some tweaks on offense. It’s the same thing for the defense. It just comes down to making plays in the AFC Championship game.”

    * * *

    Coach Mike Tomlin provided the following injury update after practice: “We have some guys limited, of course. Aaron Smith is really kind of in the same spot he’s been in from a health standpoint. Arnaz Battle has an illness. We’ve asked him to stay at home the last couple of days so as not to spread the illness. And the other guys are marching back, talking about Bryant McFadden and Will Allen and Troy. We expect participation in some form or fashion from those guys (Friday).”


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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    Breaking down the AFC title game

    By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Sunday, January 23, 2011


    AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Steelers vs. Jets
    6:30 p.m. today, KDKA-2

    THREE REASONS WHY the Steelers will win

    1. Ben Roethlisberger — Not only is he 9-2 in playoff games and 2-1 in AFC Championship games, but Big Ben's poise in the pocket prepares him for fourth-quarter comebacks and allows him to overcome an injury-riddled offensive line.

    2. Heath Miller — Missed 22-17 loss to Jets in December, when backup tight end Matt Spaeth dropped two passes in end zone. Miller is Roethlisberger's "safety valve," especially on third-and-long situations.

    3. Lawrence Timmons — Inside linebacker led the Steelers in tackles (135) this season and has three sacks and two forced fumbles, but it's his ability in pass coverage (nine passes defended, two interceptions) that will be the key.

    THREE REASONS WHY the Steelers will Lose

    1. Rex Ryan — Ryan boldly predicted a Super Bowl season, and has the Jets on the brink for the second consecutive season. He outsmarted Bill Belichick in beating the Patriots, and could have a surprising game plan to stop the Steelers.

    2. Jets grounded — The Steelers allow a league-least 62.8 rushing yards a game, and can't afford to let LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene to continue their combined 135-yard average in the playoffs.

    3. David Harris — No one talks about the Jets linebackers, but the Jets' MVP leads all NFL players in tackles with 21 and an interception this postseason. Harris could play a pivotal role in stopping Mendenhall and protecting midfield.


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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    Jets might think they're invincible against Steelers
    Sunday, January 23, 2011
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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    Jets' wide receiver Santonio Holmes celebrates at the end of a 22-17 win at Heinz Field Dec. 19.


    It has been 42 years, almost to the day, since a mop-haired, glamour-boy quarterback from Beaver Falls sat poolside in Miami and brashly predicted a Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. Historians recall it as the time the fledgling American Football League finally rose up and punched the big, bad National Football League in the nose.

    New York Jets fans remember it as the only time their team has been in the Super Bowl.

    Perhaps there is a bit of theatrical irony that the Jets (13-5) will get their fourth chance to return to the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. today when they meet the Steelers (13-4) in the AFC championship game at Heinz Field. They will be trying to recapture Camelot approximately 40 miles from where Joe Namath -- Broadway Joe -- was born and raised and began his career as their Hall of Fame quarterback.

    This time, they are hoping their Hollywood quarterback, Mark Sanchez, can slay the big, bad Steelers, who are playing in the conference championship for the 15th time since 1972 and are seeking a return to the Super Bowl for the third time in six years. Unlike Namath, Sanchez didn't boldly predict a victory.

    But, after beating the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots on the road to reach the conference championship, who would blame him if he did?

    "I'm sure the Jets are saying, 'If we can go into Indy and beat Peyton Manning and the Colts, we can do anything,'" said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has won his past four playoff starts and is 9-2 in the postseason. "Then you go beat Tom Brady and the Patriots there, it's like, 'Who can stop us?' I would assume that's the mentality they have."

    Sanchez already has produced one victory in Heinz Field this season -- Dec. 19 when the Jets beat the Steelers, 22-17, with the help of a 97-yard return of the opening kickoff for touchdown and a fourth-quarter safety on running back Mewelde Moore. Curiously, the safety came on the same running play that produced Willie Parker's 75-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks -- Counter 34 Pike.

    It was the last time the Steelers lost this season on their way to the AFC North title and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

    If Sanchez produces another victory, the Jets will be one step closer to duplicating what the Steelers did in 2005 when they became the first No. 6 seed in history to win three consecutive road playoff games and the Super Bowl.

    "That's the biggest thing when you get beat and make mistakes -- you have to go and look at yourself and correct the things that you did wrong because you know they are going to try and exploit that again," said defensive end Brett Keisel.

    The second time around

    The Jets are making a return appearance in the AFC championship game after losing to the Indianapolis Colts, 30-17, last year, and they would appear to have some historical karma on their side.

    The previous three times a team has made back-to-back appearances in the AFC championship, the losing team the first year came back to win the conference title and advance to the Super Bowl the second. Curiously, the Steelers did it in two of the three instances -- 1994-95 and 2004-05.

    "They went to the AFC championship last year; they are looking at it as they are one game away [from the Super Bowl]," said wide receiver Hines Ward, one of 17 players on the roster with two Super Bowl rings. "For us, we have got a lot of guys who have been a part of championship week. We really pride ourselves on having a great week of preparation. Hopefully, that carries over into the game."

    For one of the few times this season, Sanchez was near-flawless in his execution in the first meeting with the Steelers, throwing for 170 yards with no interceptions and also scoring on a 7-yard bootleg run on a fourth-and-1 play in which he completely fooled one of the best rushing defenses in NFL history.

    The Jets rushed for 106 yards on 27 carries at Heinz Field, the most an opponent managed all season against a defense that set a franchise record for rushing yards allowed in a season (1,004) and rushing yards allowed per game (62.8). Only two other teams have allowed fewer rushing yards in a season since the league expanded to 16 games -- the 2000 Baltimore Ravens (970) and the 2006 Minnesota Vikings (985).

    But, 64 yards came in the second half, including 46 on 12 carries in the fourth quarter, allowing the Jets to stay away from third-and-long situations and keep the Steelers' pressure off Sanchez. After leading the NFL with 48 sacks during the regular season, the Steelers sacked Sanchez just once -- and that was on third-and-18 in the first quarter.

    "Clearly, 106 yards against us is different than getting 106 against other teams," said safety Ryan Clark, one of the heroes in last week's 31-24 divisional playoff victory against the Baltimore Ravens. "They're a big challenge, but we like that. We like the fact they did well in first game so we know they're going to come back to it. And if we know where to find you, we usually get you on the ground."

    Past not indicative of future

    Believe it or not, the Steelers defense has been even more bullish against the run in the past three games, allowing an average of 50.6 yards per game. The Ravens managed just 35 yards rushing on 18 attempts, despite scoring their first touchdown on a 14-yard run by Ray Rice.

    "It's the playoffs -- win or go home," said inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons. "With those odds, you have no choice but to play like that."

    The Steelers also like their odds with six-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu in the lineup. He did not play in the first meeting and one of the key moments came when his replacement, Ryan Mundy, whiffed on a sack attempt on Sanchez on third-and-9 in the fourth quarter. Sanchez completed a 16-yard pass to Braylon Edwards, keeping alive a drive that led to the go-ahead field.

    "They just ran the ball on us," said Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison. "We were expecting them to run the ball, but, at the time, [Sanchez] wasn't playing as well as he is right now and we thought they would lean more into the run. They picked and chose the right spots."


    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11023...d=steelers.xml


    Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com.

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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    VIDEO: Three keys for a Steelers victory

    By: Mike Bires
    Beaver County Times


    Thursday January 20, 2011 08:54 PM

    As the AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets draws near the Steelers are working hard in hopes of reversing the outcome of their first meeting with the Jets this season, a 22-17 loss. In this video, Times Sports Writer Mike Bires outlines the three things he believes are key if the Steelers are to win on Sunday.


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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    Steelers notebook
    January 23, 2011 01:44 AM
    By: JIM WEXELL
    Herald Standard

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    Roethlisberger can handle bitter cold

    PITTSBURGH - The National Weather Service is forecasting bitter winter conditions for tonight's game, but the Steelers aren't worried.

    "We are very fortunate to have a quarterback that weather does not bother," said offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. "Whether it's wind, snow or rain, he knows how to handle it. He has proven that we don't have to change the game plan because of weather conditions."

    Ben Roethlisberger's first start was in a south Florida hurricane. Since then he's played 17 games in freezing temperatures.

    In those 17 games, in which the temperature at kickoff was 32 degrees or less, the Steelers are 11-6 (.647) and Roethlisberger has a 95.5 passer rating.

    However, the Steelers lost the only two games in which Roethlisberger started in less than 20-degree weather: last season at Cleveland (15 degrees, -6 wind chill) and in the 2004 AFC Championship Game against New England (11 degrees, -1 wind chill). Roethlisberger's combined passer rating in those two games was 71.1.

    New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is a California native who played collegiately at Southern Cal. He never played in freezing weather until 2009, his rookie season in the NFL.

    In six sub-freezing games in the last two years, Sanchez and the Jets are 4-2 (.667). Sanchez has a passer rating of 74.3. He's never played in temperatures below 20 degrees.

    MORE NUMBERS: Rex Ryan was the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator from 2005-08. He schemed to stop Roethlisberger and the Steelers seven times, and the Steelers were 5-2 in those games. Roethlisberger had a passer rating of 81.7.

    For handicappers who study the last five games of each team, the Steelers hold a slight edge (+0.3) in overall rushing per attempt on both sides of the ball, and hold a whopping edge (+36.1) in overall passer-rating margins. The Jets hold a slight edge (+1.9) in yards-per-point margins, with the numbers of both teams surprisingly portending a high-scoring game tonight. The statistics were gleaned from games against the Steelers' .434 opponents and the Jets' .631 opponents.

    Here's one courtesy of ESPN: The Jets rush opposing passers with four men or less 87 percent of the time in these playoffs. They rushed with four or fewer 36 percent of the time in last season's playoffs.

    The Steelers are 7-7 in AFC Championship Games. The Jets are 1-4 with the lone win in the 1968 AFL playoffs.

    TOMLIN'S JOURNEY: Chris Hoke joined the Steelers in 2001, so tonight will be his fifth AFCCG. It's his second with coach Mike Tomlin and the veteran nose tackle was asked about the young coach's development.

    "I think he has a better grasp of what it takes to get us where we want to go," Hoke said. "He's been there now. He's like a player. In these big games now he knows what you've got to do, what it takes to play in the Super Bowl"

    His most impressive bit of coaching this season?

    "I think he did a real good job after we got blown out by the Patriots," Hoke said. "He really got us re-focused. He got us back in full pads for a couple of weeks, brought us back to playing physical football. I think he got us back on the right track. I thought he did a great job with that."
    The Steelers are 7-1 since losing to the Patriots. Their only loss was to the Jets.

    QUOTABLE: Troy Polamalu on the difference between the Steelers' 2008 and 2010 defenses:

    n "I think we had a more complete defense in '08. I think we were a lot better on the back end. I anticipate the game (tonight) being an old-school, Ravens-Steelers kind of game where it's just run, run, run, run and defense. Hopefully that's what we get because we feel comfortable in those games, and they've been successful playing that style of game as well."

    Emmanuel Sanders on his friend and fellow rookie receiver Antonio Brown making the big catch last week:

    n "That's how you be great. Yep, that's how you be great. If anybody deserves it, he does. He works extremely hard. He comes over on the offense and runs three, four plays with us and then he works his butt of on the scout team. If anybody deserved it, he did."

    Brett Keisel on former coach Bill Cowher predicting a Jets win:

    n "I think he did it on purpose for our benefit. He knows when that happens we can usually respond, and hopefully we'll respond to B.C.'s horrible comments."

    INJURY REPORT: There wasn't any news Saturday about Bryant McFadden's abdominal strain, so the Steelers left cornerback remains questionable. He practiced Friday and was worried how he'd recover the next day.

    Reserve safety Will Allen is also questionable with a sprained knee. Aaron Smith, of course, will not play.

    The Jets list the following players as questionable: reserve CB Drew Coleman (knee), DT Shaun Ellis (knee), reserve safety James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle) and WR/KR/QB Brad Smith (groin).

    http://www.heraldstandard.com/news_detail/article/1636/2011/january/23/steelers-notebook-5.html

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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    AFC championship match up: Steelers vs. Jets
    Sunday, January 23, 2011
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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    Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

    Game plan

    When the Jets have the ball: QB Mark Sanchez was part of the difference in the first meeting because he was near-flawless in his execution of play-action. He had the lowest completion percentage of any AFC QB in the regular season (54.8) but has been more effective in the postseason (60.7 percent, 383 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT). WR Braylon Edwards has been a beast in the postseason, catching six passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. He was a problem for the Steelers in the first meeting when CB Ike Taylor was matched against WR Santonio Holmes. The Jets are averaging 144.5 yards rushing in the postseason. They rushed for 106 yards in the first meeting, the most against the Steelers' defense in the regular season. Part of the reason is Pro Bowl C Nick Mangold, who will be matched against NT Casey Hampton and does a good job getting to the second tier.

    When the Steelers have the ball: Ben Roethlisberger's career playoff record is 9-2, and the reason is his ability to bring his team back from almost any situation. He hasn't thrown an interception in his past 190 attempts and he won't drop at the first hint of pressure like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Because CB Darrelle Revis was matched mostly on Hines Ward in the first meeting, Roethlisberger targeted WR Mike Wallace (10) and rookie WR Emmanuel Sanders (13) for 23 of his 44 attempts. CB Antonio Cromartie isolated on Wallace because he is fastest of the two corners, but Wallace caught seven passes for 102 yards. The Steelers rushed for 146 yards in that first meeting -- their fourth highest total in the regular season -- and RB Rashard Mendenhall averaged 5.9 yards on 17 carries. They will have to do that again to keep the Jets from dropping seven and eight players into coverage.

    Keep and eye on

    Jets special teams ... WR/KR Brad Smith hurt the Steelers in the first meeting, returning the opening kickoff 97 yards for a TD. Smith (groin) did not play last week, but his replacement, Antonio Cromartie, has averaged 31.8 ypr n the postseason. The Steelers allowed two long returns against the Ravens, including a 55-yard punt return for touchdown that was negated by penalty. What's more, they have committed a number of holding and illegal-block penalties, resulting in poor field position. Their longest kick return in the past eight games is 27 yards and the longest punt return in the past six is 11 yards.

    Intangibles

    This is the fifth appearance and second in a row in the AFC championship for the Jets, who are 1-3. Before their Dec. 19 victory at Heinz Field, the Jets had been 0-7 all time in Pittsburgh since the 1970 merger. The Jets are 8-2 on the road after going 6-2 during the regular season. ... The Steelers are 16-4 all time vs. the Jets, including 1-0 in the postseason. This is the Steelers' 15th appearance in the AFC championship, 11th time at home. They are 7-7 overall, 5-5 at home.

    Keys to victory

    To win, the Jets must ...

    1 Not give Ben a chance. They don't want to tempt fate again by giving Roethlisberger an opportunity to beat them in the final minute.

    2 Handle Harrison. The Steelers sacked Sanchez just once in the first meeting and will likely amp their pressure with OLB James Harrison.

    3 Take to the road. They already have beaten the top three QBs in the league on the road -- Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

    To win, the Steelers must ...

    1 Get Sanchez off his mark. His efficiency and productivity in the postseason has been the Jets' biggest asset.

    2 'Tone down Holmes. The secondary has to be sure the only Super Bowl-like catch their former teammate makes is the one he had last week vs. the Patriots.

    3 Remember 2001. Don't let another trip to the Super Bowl be derailed by special-teams blunders, as it was vs. Troy Brown and the Patriots nine years ago.

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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    Steelers bracing for cold temperatures
    By Kevin Gorman, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    Last updated: 10:57 am

    [IMGL]http://files.pittsburghlive.com/photos/2011-01-22/cold1-a.jpg[/IMGL]According to AccuWeather, it will be 16 degrees at game time when the Steelers take on the New York Jets. With the wind chill, it will feel like 10 degrees. Previous AFC Championship game-time temperatures at Heinz Field:

    Jan. 27, 2002, vs New England (L, 24-17): 50 degrees, sunny

    Jan. 23, 2005, vs. New England (L, 41-27): 11 degrees, clear

    Jan. 18, 2009, vs. Baltimore (W, 23-14): 26 degrees, light snow
    Stay-warm tips for fans

    AccuWeather's forecast predicts that today's game-time temperature will be 16 degrees with a wind chill that will make it feel like 10 degrees. Experts say that chances of getting frostbite depends on a person's age, skin dryness, circulation and overall health.

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    When New York Jets players told the rookie that linebackers don't wear long sleeves on the football field, he heeded their advice despite below-zero temperatures in Chicago.

    So, when a sleeveless James Farrior stepped onto the frozen surface at Soldier Field that day in November 1997, he was surprised to see he was the victim of a veterans' prank: Farrior was the only one with his arms exposed.

    “I turn around,” he said, “and they all have sleeves on.”

    Now in his 14th season, the Steelers captain and his teammates on the NFL’s top-ranked defense plan to be sleeveless for their AFC Championship Game against the Jets at 6:30 p.m. today tonight in Heinz Field. AccuWeather's forecast calls for a game-time temperature of 10 degrees with a wind chill that will make it feel like 2 degrees.

    “No sleeves all the time, man,” said Steelers free safety Ryan Clark, calling long sleeves under the uniform “a sign of weakness.”

    That doesn’t mean the Steelers won’t take precautions against the cold, whether it’s wearing extra layers of clothing, garments specially designed to retain body heat or head warmers that leave just a player's eyes exposed; sitting on heated benches with foot warmers; or bundling up under overcoats on the sidelines.

    New technology allows players to wear thin garments that are manufactured to keep a person warm without the bulk of a sweatshirt or long underwear. The benches have heaters that blow hot air, keeping the torso and feet warm.

    “You definitely do all of those things,” Clark said. “It would be crazy not to keep warm on the sidelines. You can put on another shirt underneath, maybe to be thicker underneath, but you’re going to be cold. You still want to be able to move. You don’t want to have so many clothes on that you can’t function on the field. It’s just one of those deals where you’ve got to try to brave it.”

    Normal temperatures for Jan. 23 are a low of 19 and high of 35.

    Saturday’s low temperature of 1 degree below zero is the coldest temperature in Pittsburgh since Feb. 7, according to the National Weather Service. As cold at today’s game weather is expected to be, it would be far from record setting. The coldest temperature on record for a Jan. 23 in Pittsburgh was in 1936, when the temperature dropped to 16 degrees below zero, the weather service said.

    The Steelers recall braving brutal conditions during the 2009 season in Cleveland, where instead of living up to coach Mike Tomlin’s promise to “unleash hell” in December, they weathered a cold day in hell. They played that Thursday night game in 15-degree temperatures and 40-mph wind gusts that made it feel like minus 5. The result, a 13-6 loss that ended the Browns’ 12-game losing streak to the Steelers.

    Clark did have one exception for players coping with the cold.

    “Quarterbacks,” he said, “can do what they want.”

    Don’t be surprised, then, to see Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wearing long sleeves and gloves. With two Super Bowl rings in seven seasons, Roethlisberger has earned the right to protect his physique any way he wants, his teammates said.

    Roethlisberger has a 9-2 postseason record, including 2-1 in AFC title games, and has played some of his best football in January.

    “We’re very fortunate to have a quarterback that weather doesn’t bother, whether it’s wind, snow, rain,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. “He knows how to handle it, and he’s proven it. You don’t have to change the game plan just because of weather conditions.”

    The same could be said of Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, a native of Wallaceburg, Ontario, who said he has no secrets to surviving the bitter cold other than to bundle up when he’s not trying to split the uprights.

    “I think being Canadian, it’s not like you like cold weather,” Suisham said. “You just learn how to dress in it. You wear the right clothes.”

    Suisham wears sweatpants during pregame warm-ups and idle time on the sidelines.

    “Every game that I’ve been here this year has been cold,” Suisham said. “Certainly, it sounds like this game will be the coldest.”

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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    Starkey: Legacy game for Ben

    By Joe Starkey, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Sunday, January 23, 2011


    Let's wrap a fairly uneventful week with a juicy quote and assorted other treats heading into what should be a violent AFC Championship Game ...

    • Before a few Jets defensive backs popped off about Hines Ward, hardly any of the participants showed a verbal pulse. But a certain ex-Steelers cornerback sure did. Rod Woodson's appraisal of Ben Roethlisberger: "For some reason, not just myself, but people in general — ex-players — when they talk about elite quarterbacks in this game, Ben's not in the top five."

    Really? That misguided perception still exists? Surely the unenlightened will convert if Roethlisberger beats a defense that just humiliated Tom Brady and flummoxed Peyton Manning.

    Won't they?

    "I think if Ben goes to this Super Bowl and plays well again, like he did against Arizona," Woodson said, "that will solidify who he is as a quarterback."

    • No doubt this game is critical to Roethlisberger's legacy. Not so much by what he can lose — his greatness is well established among rational thinkers — but what he can gain. You only get so many kicks at the can, and another Super Bowl ring would give Roethlisberger a realistic chance to achieve his goal of becoming the most decorated quarterback in NFL history. Only Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana own four Super Bowl rings. Roethlisberger is in great position to win a third. If he doesn't, five will seem unreachable.

    • Happy birthday, Myron Cope!

    • I kinda like Joe Namath's perspective on Roethlisberger: "I'd take him on my side any day of the week, any time of the game, against anybody. I don't believe anyone in their right mind who knows football has a negative thing to say about his work on the football field."

    • Not sure if the Steelers worked on any trick plays this week. Maybe ESPN's Bob Holtzman knows.

    • Santonio Holmes cannot be serious. He still isn't sure why the Steelers dumped him? He really believes it'll be a "slap back in those guys' face" if the Jets win the Super Bowl?

    • I guess that's better than throwing a drink in their face.

    • Incredible. This guy was arrested twice in 49 days after the Steelers drafted him — believed to be an NFL record — and the team stood by him. He was arrested again, for marijuana possession, in 2008 (charges dropped). The team stood by him. Last March, he was accused of throwing a drink at a woman in a night club, and that was before he incurred a league-imposed four-game suspension. Why would you get rid of a guy like that?

    • Antonio Cromartie cannot cover Mike Wallace.

    • Not sure if anyone on the Steelers' roster can cover Braylon Edwards, either. He and Holmes are the Jets' greatest advantage.

    • An ESPN.com article this week claimed Troy Polamalu "wasn't a huge factor in the win over the Baltimore Ravens" and "curiously was used predominantly in deep coverage." Let us digest that for a moment. Then let us remember that the Ravens, who gained a total of 126 yards, did not complete a pass longer than 16 yards. Let us confirm that their starting receivers — Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin — had no catches longer than zero yards. Let's reconsider the notion that Polamalu was not a huge factor.

    • The man can play center field like Willie Mays when he has to.

    • The radical difference in the teams' personalities is reflected in their attitude toward the HBO series "Hard Knocks." Jets coach Rex Ryan embraced it like a long-lost friend (or maybe a bag of Cheetos). The Steelers weren't so warm when HBO came calling several years ago.

    Bill Cowher, then the coach, recently recalled his response, telling the Trib, "I couldn't say no fast enough." If another invite comes along, Mike Tomlin is liable to say no faster than Cowher. "I have no interest in that at all," Tomlin said. "And I hope (team president) Art Rooney feels the same way." That is a safe assumption.

    • If the Jets win, their mouths will reopen faster than Wallace on a go-route.

    • They won't win. The better defense and quarterback will, albeit in a struggle that busts open late with a big defensive play.

    Steelers 24, Jets 13.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_719443.html

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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

    http://www.accuweather.com/us/pa/pit...ast-hourly.asp

    One thing's for sure... it's gonna be ****ing cold!

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    http://www.accuweather.com/us/pa/pit...ast-hourly.asp

    One thing's for sure... it's gonna be ****ing cold!
    Hell yeah it is. I'm waiting to hear from my Dad who is going down to the game on how cold it is. He can tolerate the cold more than me so it'll be interesting to hear what he says (if I can even hear him. )

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    Pumped up for this game

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    Default Re: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP : Steelers vs. Jets : 01.23.11

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    Hell yeah it is. I'm waiting to hear from my Dad who is going down to the game on how cold it is. He can tolerate the cold more than me so it'll be interesting to hear what he says (if I can even hear him. )
    Dude, it's gonna be nuts! Text messaging seems 2 B the rule of the day, assuming the fingertips still work... LOL!

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