By: Casey Shea

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The NFL playoffs have been as close to a nightmare as you can possibly get for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers qualified for the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the AFC and drew an 8-8 Denver Broncos team, which was limping into the playoffs.

Most experts and even odds-makers had the Steelers as heavy favorites in the game.

However, Tim Tebow hooked up with Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime to end the Steelers’ season.

Things couldn’t possibly get any worse for Steelers fans could they?

Think again.

The playoff picture became even more dismal for Steelers fans when the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots won their respective Divisional Round games.

Now, two teams many Steelers fans cannot stand are going to battle it out with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line.

So, the question begging to be answered is, who are Steelers fans “cheering” for this weekend?

Many fans weighed in on the issue on KDKA-TV’s Facebook page Monday afternoon.

There was a major divide among Steelers Nation, but most wanted to see the Patriots take out the Ravens.

“There is just no way I could root for the Ravens. Pats by default,” Deb Hall Vinton said.

“It’s a shame to have to say Pats, but torture couldn’t make me cheer for Baltimore!” Cheri Griffen Geer said.

However, there were some Steelers fans out there who were willing to root for the Ravens, if only for one week.

“Don’t like either team, but will be cheering for Ravens. At least keep it in our division if the Steelers can’t do it,” Sharyn Elliott said.

“I hate both New England and Baltimore. But if I have to choose, the Ravens,” Chris Mcconnell said.

Naturally, there were some fans who said they won’t be watching the game and are just rooting for the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl to win.

However, there was one person with an entirely different angle, which seemed to resonate with several fans.

“I’m rooting for Russian space junk to hit the stadium,” Kirk Howard said.

Whether it’s the Patriots, Ravens or even Russian space junk, there is a silver lining.

One of these two most-hated Steelers rivals will be watching the Super Bowl at home.


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