The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos played in the playoffs, it was in the 2011 AFC Wild Card round. The Steelers came into the game with a 12-4 record, while the Broncos had an 8-8 record.
The Broncos; however, would defeat the Steelers, 29-23, in overtime. This was the first Steelers loss to the Broncos since the 1998 AFC Conference Championship game on Jan. 27th, 1998.
On the first drive of overtime, Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard game-winning touchdown. The game ended just 11 seconds into the extra session.
With 3:48 left in the fourth quarter, the Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cocthery for a 31-yard touchdown pass. After the Shaun Suisham extra point, the game was tied at 23.
Suisham also made a 37-yard field goal to make it 23-16 with 9:59 left in the game. Matt Prater – the Broncos kicker – made a 35-yard field goal with 13:10 remaining as Denver led 23-13.
Mike Wallace had the only score in the third, as he scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. The Suisham extra point made it 20-13.
The second quarter was all the Broncos, as they scored four times. It began when Tebow hit Eddie Royal for a 30-yard touchdown, as Denver took a 7-6 lead.
Three minutes later, Tebow scored on an 8-yard rushing touchdown as the Broncos went up 14-6. Prater added a 20-yard field goal to go up 17-6 with 1:05 left in the half.
He also made a 28-yard field goal for the 20-6 lead before the half expired.
Suisham kicked two field goals in the 1st quarter for the Steelers. He first made a 45-yard field goal for the 3-0 lead at 11:14.
Then, with 23 seconds left in the quarter, he booted a 28-yard field goal through the uprights for the 6-0 lead.
The Broncos lead the all-time series 18-11-1. However, they lead 3-2 in the past five playoff meetings.
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