Pittsburgh Steelers Team Grades: Second-Half Collapse Leads To 27-16 Loss To PatriotsWithout Ben Roethlisberger under center and a number of other injuries, the Pittsburgh Steelers knew that getting a victory against the New England Patriots would be incredibly difficult. Things didn't seem so far out of reach, though, but then the second half came around and they just couldn't finish the charge.
Team Grades: Turnovers And Poor Defense Cost Steelers Against DolphinsEarly on in the game, Ben Roethlisberger left the field limping and he never really looked the same again, but it's not like any of the Pittsburgh Steelers really put their best foot forward against the Miami Dolphins.
A Look At The Best, Worst Broncos Games From Each UnitAs the Broncos head to Santa Clara and Super Bowl 50, we look back at the best and worst performances from offense, defense, special teams and coaching.
Denver Defense Punches Golden Ticket To Super Bowl 50Denver's defense plays lights out against the Patriots and the offense comes up with just enough points to put the Broncos in the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.
Carolina Panthers Blow Out Arizona Cardinals, Head To Super Bowl 50The Arizona Cardinals offense threatened to make the NFC Championship game a shootout. However, the Carolina Panthers had other things in mind and completely destroyed Arizona to make it to the Super Bowl to battle the Denver Broncos.
Team Grades: Patriots Can't Overcome Relentless Broncos Pass RushSunday's AFC Championship Game was a textbook example of how defense wins championships.
Team Grades: Late Touchdown Redeems Broncos Offense In Tough Divisional Round WinThe Broncos offense finally gets going late and the defense limits the Steelers to field goals, but it the special teams shine brightest in Denver's win.
Steelers Fought Hard In Tough Loss To Broncos, 23-16The Pittsburgh Steelers did just enough to stay in the divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos, earning good grades despite a tough loss to end their season.
Vikings Blow Fourth Quarter Lead, Miss Field Goal In Loss To SeahawksThe Minnesota Vikings outplayed the Seattle Seahawks for three quarters. But, it only took three plays for the Vikings lose 10-9 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Team Grades: Composure Guides Steelers To Playoff Win Over BengalsThe Pittsburgh Steelers earned 'A' grades for their ability to remain composed in a difficult wild card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, resulting in an 18-16 stunner of a win.
Team Grades: Bengals Late Meltdown Hands Game To Steelers 18-16The Cincinnati Bengals entered Wild Card weekend confident that they could get coach Marvin Lewis his first playoff win. Instead, Cincinnati squandered away a golden opportunity with an ill-timed fumble and inexcusable penalties, which enabled the Pittsburgh Steelers to steal a playoff win, 18-16, at Paul Brown Stadium.
Team Grades: Texans Fail Playoff Test Miserably, Especially On OffenseFour first-half turnovers by quarterback Brian Hoyer didn't entirely bury the Houston Texans in their playoff home game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but it certainly didn't help, either.