It’s been nearly six months, and yet the Steelers still feel the sting of defeat. Of course, I’m referring to last January, when the Tim Tebow-led Broncos stunned Pittsburgh during the wild card playoffs.
Looking back (begrudgingly, I’m sure), it’s a game that has stuck in the craw of several members of the black and gold, including linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Larry Foote.
“What gives you motivation is not playing in the Super Bowl, getting eliminated in the first round, losing to a team we had no business losing to,” linebacker Lamar Woodley told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It’s a team we should have easily beat. That’s motivation, watching teams play the week after us.”
If you recall, the score was knotted at 23-23 when, during the first play of overtime, Tebow connected with receiver Demaryius Thomas, who took a simple slant 80 yards to glory. It was the defining moment of the Broncos’ Cinderella-like season, but an absolutely crushing blow to the heavily-favored Steeler