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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There was no shortage of Steelers spirit in Pittsburgh Sunday night.

Fans gathered everywhere – inside, outside, at home, in bars to see the Steelers beat the New York Jets.

There were plenty of black and gold clad fans crowded into bars on Pittsburgh’s South Side, while bars over the North Shore were packed too.

Fans also braved the cold temperatures earlier in the day for some tailgating outside of Heinz Field.

“I am cold. I have a lot of layers,” one Steelers fan said. “If the Steelers win, I’ll be warmer.”

Despite the bitter temperatures, the Steelers Nation was, of course, hopeful and confident.

“We’re gonna win; no questions asked!” said a fan who was bundled up but still managed to put black and gold stockings on her legs. “Go Steelers!”

“History, history is what we hang our hat on; tradition, we got this,” said another fan. “Stairway to seven!”

While the crowd was mostly black and gold, there was some green and white-clad fans tailgating as well. One Jets fan said he was finding Steelers Nation very kind.

“Very hospitable, I’m not going to lie. They’ve been wonderful; we’ve had some steaks and some ribs,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place to be.”

Over on the South Side, Cupka’s Café II was packed with Steelers fans, all with their Terrible Towels, but one Jets fan found his way into the mix.

“I come to the bar and root for the Steelers every other week; so, I figured I can root for the Jets this week,” the lonely Jets fan said.

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