Or as I like to call them the Steel Curtain 2.0.
This group of defenders are the best compliment to the Steel Curtain of the 70s that I have ever seen. They played with the same fiery passion that their predecessors did.
They were the definition of defense that year and their style of play is the main reason I'm such a defensive-minded guy. I love the blitz heavy 3-4 zone blitz packages that Dick Lebeau utilizes, and the defense as a whole executes so sucessfully.
This defense, unlike last year's, was the king of the fourth quarter. They allowed no points in the fourth quarter during their final six games. That really says something.
This defense was number one overall all year and they played like they were week in and week out. Opposing offenses could not find success against them.
Think about it. They had the best pass rushing duo between James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, a monster of a nose tackle clogging up the running lanes, and the best safety in the league, Troy Polamalu who had a career high seven picks that year.
There biggest moment to shine was in the AFC Championship Game. They picked off Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco three times and sacked him four times en route to their Super Bowl victory against the Arizona Cardinals.
Total stats are:
1st Pass Defense 156.9
2nd Run Defense 80.2
2nd Sacks 51
1st Points Per Game 13.9
1st Yards Per Game 237.2
6th INTs 20
1st Total Defense