Sunday 1/8 @ 4:30 PM
The Broncos limped their way into the playoffs, losing their last three games of the regular season. Because of the Oakland Raiders' big collapse, the Broncos find themselves hosting a playoff game at 8-8.
When Denver was 8-5, it looked like Tim Tebow was the Broncos' savior, as he'd lead them out of their horrible 1-4 start. It looked like the Tebowfest would run right into the playoffs and do damage in the AFC.
Three ugly games later, the Broncos look dead, with no hope against the 12-4 Steelers. The Steelers barely missed out on a bye, instantly becoming the most dangerous wild-card team.
The Steelers have allowed the least amount of points in the NFL, which is bad news for a Broncos team that has suddenly had trouble scoring points.
But there is hope in Denver. Steelers starting running back Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL and is out the entire playoffs. Isaac Redman is left to carry the majority of the load in the Steelers backfield, and the Broncos should easily cover him.
Ben Roethlisberger is still playing on an injured ankle, and he is nowhere close to 100 percent. In Week 17, he only put up 13 points against the lowly Browns. A few hits on Big Ben might be enough to diminish the Steelers offense entirely.
The game is also played in Denver, which may spark one more game of Tebow magic.
Broncos 16 Steelers 13