The Steelers controlled most of their grueling wildcard match-up against the Bengals, but Cincinnati rallied late and then Ben Roethlisberger succumbed to a shoulder injury. That's when the insanity of the Steelers-Bengals game commenced, as we recapped here. It's remarkable that Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh to a comeback field goal, but will he be healthy enough to play, or contribute effectively enough, against a very good Broncos defense?
Last month, under the guidance of Brock Osweiller, the Broncos held a 27-10 first-half lead over the Steelers. Pittsburgh finished the game on a 24-0 tear to win 34-27, a necessary win for Pittsburgh to have made the playoffs in the first place. Now, Peyton Manning is back under center with a shot at redemption for how things turned out in last year's playoffs when he laid a first-round egg and was eliminated. Will Roethlisberger be able to throw downfield? Will Manning be back to his old form? With Roethlisberger expected to be limited and Antonio Brown out, Denver's defense will secure field position for Manning to roll to the AFC Championship. Broncos 27, Steelers 17
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
Date/Time: Sunday, January 17, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. ET
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
Television: CBS - Jim Nantz & Phil Simms
NFL Odds: Broncos by 9, Over/Under = 41