No. 10 Philadelphia Eagles
Just cracking the top 10 is the little brother of the state. The Eagles make the list for several reasons.
The fact that they play on the other side of the state doesn't hurt, but mainly they make it for playing the Steelers 93 times over the years. Between 1935 and 1970, the two teams met at least once a season (except during the 1943 and 1944 seasons).
Many pro athletes fought to defend our nation during World War II, and some teams were forced to merge together. In 1943, the two clubs joined forces in what the NFL called the Phila-Pitt Combine. However, many have fondly referred to that team as the Steagles .
No. 9 Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts
Granted, the teams have only collided 25 times since 1957, they have met five times in the playoffs, which is the third-most the Steelers have played one team in the postseason.
Many of course remember the 2005 meeting in Indianapolis, a game won by the Steelers 21-18.
My favorite moment in the series came on January 14, 1996 at Three Rivers Stadium when the Colts lost 20-16 in the AFC Championship game on the final play. I just happen to be there for that one.
No. 8 New England Patriots
Again, there have been only 22 meeting between the Pats and Steelers, but it's the four playoff meetings that make this a top-10 rivalry for sure.
Unfortunately for the Black and Gold it's been New England who has enjoyed the postseason meetings more, winning both AFC Championship frays (2001 and 2004 both at Heinz Field)
The Brady vs. Roethlisberger saga has helped the series for sure.
No. 7 Cincinnati Bengals
Now I know that this AFC Central/North rivalry has been a divisional battle of the Steelers since 1970 and that you may feel they deserve to be higher on the list.
I'm here to say no way.
The Steelers own a 52-32 series lead, including the lone playoff victory between the two, coming during that magical Super Bowl run of 2005.
Of course, that playoff game will be remembered for Kimo von Oelhoffen 'falling' into the knee of Bengals QB Carson Palmer on the game's second play, leading to the Steelers winning by a score of 31-17.
The only reason the Bengals don't rank higher is because we own them, having won 32 of the past 43 meetings.
No. 6 Denver Broncos
With just 21 regular season meetings, it's hard to justify why they are so high on the list. Then you factor in the seven playoff meetings (the most for the Steelers against any NFL team) and you can see why they rank so high.
Where do you begin?
How about the 1984 playoff game in Denver vs. John Elway? The Broncos were 13-3 and had never lost a home playoff game before the Steelers beat them 24-17.
Of course, the other home playoff loss the Broncos own came during the 2005 playoffs. Again, it was Pittsburgh handing the Yonkos a 34-17 beating, moving on to Super Bowl XL.
Of course, Denver has had its share of moments. In the 1998 AFC Title game at Three Rivers, Elway got some revenge by directing the Broncos to a 24-21 win (one that would catapult them to a Super Bowl victory over Green Bay one week later).
And do we really need to get into what happened back in January? I think not.