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AFC 411: Lack of bye hurts injured Steelers

1/4/2012

PITTSBURGH -- The lack of a first-round bye hurts the banged-up Steelers, who haven't been in this situation too many times.

This marks only the fourth time that the Steelers have played a wild-card game on the road but their first since 2005. Their previous trips were at Houston (1989), Kansas City (1993) and Cincinnati (2005). Pittsburgh has a 2-1 record away from home in the wild-card round.

In 2005, the Steelers became the first No. 6 seed in NFL history to win the Super Bowl. Since then, two other wild-card teams have done so (New York Giants in 2005 and Green Bay last year).