There have been many Pittsburgh Steelers losses in the playoffs that have been painful to watch, and this one will be right near the top.
Never before was I more confident that the Steelers would win a playoff game (and I have been plenty confident over the years).
Pittsburgh had the top-rated defense in the league and were going against a putrid Denver Broncos passing attack led by Tim Tebow, who happened to complete under 50 percent of his passes this season and was awful over the final three games of the season.
I was confident that the Steelers' run defense, which was not up to its usual standards, would be able to shut down the Broncos' ground game.
While the offense was struggling, I believed that Ben Roethlisberger would be able make the necessary plays to score enough points to at least get out of Denver with a close win.
None of that mattered on Sunday. Tebow beat the Steelers with his legs, and yes, with his arm. Not only did he beat the Steelers, he beat them in fashion.
Tebow threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas in the NFL's first playoff overtime under its new set of rules.
But, Tebow was indeed held to under 50 percent passing.
As Thomas raced to the end zone, the Steelers' dreams of a repeat trip to the Super Bowl faded as did their injury-filled season.
A lot of blame can go around for today's loss, and I will take a look at some of the biggest culprits.