The year 2000's have brought many fruitful victories to Steeler Nation, but also a hand full of forgettable losses.
Many of these games are big games and others are important regular season games.
This list may make a die-hard Steelers fan cringe. So Steeler Fans: viewer discretion is advised.
Roethlisberger appeared to have brain damage going into this game. He threw four critical interceptions in a 20-13 loss in Oakland. This game was eerily similar to the Houston loss in 2002. The Steelers D shutdown an inept Oakland offense, only to the see the Offense give this game away to the winless Raiders.
The unofficial official end to the 2003 season. At 4-7 the talk around town was if the Steelers win out they could still sneak into the playoffs. The Bengals built an early 14-3 lead. Pittsburgh came back and went ahead 20-17 with little time left.
Jon Kitna drove the Bengals the length of the field and hit Matt Schobel for the game winning touchdown with seconds left. 24-20 Bengals. This game brings added hurt since I attended this heartbreaker.
Weirdest game I've ever seen in my life. Steelers dominate the Texans in every facet and lose 24-6. The Defense held Houston to 110 total yards and they still lose. Maddox had two interceptions go for touchdowns in his first game back from his spinal cord concussion. This game still makes me ill.
Tommy Maddox got the start for an injured Ben Roethlisberger. Maddox was absolutely awful. He fumbled away the win in regulation and threw a pick-six to Rashean Mathis in overtime. 23-17 Jags.
Baltimore made the Steelers look like a JV team twice in 2006. In Baltimore, the Steelers failed to produce a point in a 27-0 loss. Roethlisberger was beaten, battered, and bruised by a superior Ravens defense. In Pittsburgh, the results didn't vary, as the Ravens won 34-7. The Pittsburgh front was physically manhandled in both losses.
Only game I've turned off before the start of the 4th quarter in the last ten years. Cleveland crushed the defending AFC North Champs 33-13. It wasn't even that close. Pittsburgh made Tim Couch look like Joe Montana and William Green Look like Walter Payton.
Jacksonville was one of those pesky teams that you knew the Steelers were better than. The Steelers trailed 28-10 late in the 3rd quarter and things looked very dim. Then the offense lead three consecutive touchdown drives to pull ahead 29-28. They even got the ball back with a chance to ice the game with a first down.
They failed to do so and David Gerrard lead the Jags on an 8-play 44 yard scoring drive with little time left. On a critica 4th down play it looked like numerous Steelers were being held, which enabled Gerrard to run 34 yards to the Steelers 9. A nice 10-6 season ruined on one play.
Big Ben was overwhelmed by the big stage and New England stormed out to a 24-3 halftime lead. The Patriots did whatever they wanted to and went on to win 41-27. The thing about this loss is that you knew that there was still good things to come. Still a tough Pill to swallow after a remarkable 15-1 regular season.
Man. What a great game this was. The Steelers bounced back from a 13-0 deficit, only to lose by a phantom roughing the kicker call. The loss did help the Steelers realize that they had a sieve like secondary, as Steve McNair picked them apart on the go-ahead drive. Joe Nedney will still go down as a villain in Steelers lore for his self-proclaimed Oscar-Winning performance. ARG. 34-31 Titans.
The Steelers steamed rolled to a 13-3 regular season record and beat up on their nemesis from Baltimore in the Divisional Round. It would be for not as New England shutdown Jerome Bettis and harassed Kordell Stewart en route to a 24-17 AFC Championship game win. The Pats were also aided by a couple of special teams scores. It just didn't feel like the better team won that day.
All and all you really can't complain much. I mean five divisonal titles, four AFC Championship games and two Super Bowl wins aren't too shabby. I just thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the trying times this past decade. Everyone knows that you got to take the good.. with the bad.