Pittsburgh Steelers: Top 10 Most Heartbreaking Plays in Playoff History

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Top 10 Most Heartbreaking Plays in Playoff History
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Steelers Country can be found anywhere hearts bleed Black and Gold, and the "City of Champions" harbors a diehard fan base that has witnessed more than its share of successThe Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls, and they continue to vie for an elusive seventh Lombardi Trophy that has been just beyond the franchise's reach in the past two seasons.

While Terrible Towels have waved joyously in celebration of such riches, more than a few postseason moments have caused fans to stop that twirl, creating a true "from riches to rags" scenario, literally and figuratively. 

Just like the hottest fire makes the hardest steel, the agony of defeat has made the thrill of victory all the sweeter in the 'Burgh.

Adding to the moments most Steelers fans would rather forget, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow continued his amazing 2011 story into overtime of the Wild Card Playoffs this past Sunday, torching the Pittsburgh secondary for an 80-yard touchdown strike to Demaryius Thomas in the sudden death session.

Where does Tim's "Te-throw" rank among the most heartbreaking postseason plays in franchise history?

Like a lesson in humility, this countdown ranks those painful plays. If the beauty of sports lies in the gamut of emotions, consider these ill moments as self-preparation for experiencing the bounty of riches during future Steelers seasons.

For those who need balance in their lives, you can always check out my list of great Steelers playoff moments afterwards.

While the vast majority of Pittsburgh's playoff history is concentrated to the modern era, I will mention that this countdown only represents the time range from 1972 until current day.

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