Pittsburgh Steelers: Top 10 Opening Day Games

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Top 10 Opening Day Games
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The 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers kick off their regular season schedule on Sunday, Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.  Returning to the site of January's heartbreaking ouster, the Men of Steel will look to avenge the playoff loss, thus relegating the boisterous and optimistic Sports Authority Field at Mile High crowd to the role of the "mile low men."

If they can succeed in this goal, finding a way to thwart the distracting combination of a prime-time spotlight, media hoopla and best laid plans of John Fox and Peyton Manning, the contest could easily be remembered among the most memorable opening games in team history.

There's a special feeling that coincides with Kickoff Weekend, a sort of "kid at Christmas" excitement that bonds the most passionate gridiron gurus.  The sensationalized emotions on opening day make the highs all the sweeter and the lows even more sour, an exaggerated gamut of emotions that can be credited to the universal optimism (for all fanbases) of a new season and the anticipated return of high-stakes NFL games! 

The Black and Gold have given fans plenty to cheer about during Week 1.  Focusing the countdown on the Super Bowl era (1966-current), these are the top 10 opening "day" games in modern team history.

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