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The Pro Football Now team explains why the Pittsburgh Steelers will struggle against the Denver Broncos if Antonio Brown is unable to play.
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) at Denver Broncos (12-4)
The Steelers and Broncos will meet in the postseason for the eighth time (Denver leads the series, 4-3). Denver won the team's last playoff meeting during the 2011 postseason, a 29-23 overtime victory in the Wild Card round (January 8, 2012). The Steelers knocked off the Broncos in Week 15, scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half in a 34-27 comeback win.
Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 18-16 last week in the Wild Card round, the Steelers' 34th postseason victory, tied with Dallas for the most in NFL history.
"This is January football," says Pittsburgh head coach MIKE TOMLIN. "We're not a perfect group but we did enough to move on. We hope to say that again next week."
The Broncos clinched the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs with a 27-20 victory in Week 17 over San Diego. Quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who missed time with a foot injury, came off the bench to spark the Broncos and has been named the starter for the Divisional Playoffs.
"I just do what I think is best for our football team," says Denver head coach GARY KUBIAK about naming Manning the starter. "I feel really good about this and how far Peyton has come."
The Broncos, who led the NFL in total defense (283.1 yards per game) and passing defense (199.6 yards per game), had four players selected to the Pro Bowl and all four are on the defensive side of the ball: cornerback CHRIS HARRIS, JR. (second), linebacker VON MILLER (fourth), cornerback AQIB TALIB (third) and linebacker DE MARCUS WARE (ninth).