The Silver Linings from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Loss to the Denver Broncos

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The Silver Linings from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Loss to the Denver Broncos
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Agony.

That is the only word that could be used to describe watching Demaryius Thomas sprint down the field after a mid-length pass over the middle became an icy dagger in the heart of The One and Only Nation in sports.

In the days since the Broncos' remarkable win over the Steelers, many words have been written about what went wrong for the once-mighty Black and Gold.

Some pundits have opined that the Steelers were arrogant in their defense, not adjusting when it was clear the Broncos intended to throw the ball.

Some have questioned whether or not Ben Roethlisberger should have played in this game, or the previous three games after his high ankle sprain against the Browns in week 14.

There are many of these kinds of arguments, and most of them are valid, but what positives can be taken from this loss and the decisions both before and during the game that ended the Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 season?

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