In an afternoon that started with promise, another shutout at Heinz Field assured that there will be just as many tears as rain drops in the state of Washington tonight.
In a mirror image of the 2007 contest between the Super Bowl XL contestants, the Steelers shut out the Seahawks, lifting spirits in the Steel City.
The score could have been worse, as Pittsburgh's dominance was apparent from opening kickoff to the final quarterback kneel. While Terrible Towels twirled in the stands, it was Tarvaris Jackson's head that was spinning and cornerback Brandon Browner getting whipped by Mike Wallace.
As the Men of Steel rebounded in all phases of the game, fans saw the type of performance that they have become accustomed to in this era of rampant success.
Despite the improvements, what else can be worked on heading toward what could be labelled as a "trap game" in Indianapolis?
And, for their superb effort this afternoon, who made the largest contributions?
Essentially, what did we see and learn during the win?