THUMBS UP: Running back Isaac Redman. Replacing the injured Rashard Mendenhall, Redman ran for 121 yards on 17 carries (a 7.1-yard average) in his first playoff start. Unlike Mendenhall, who has a tendency to bounce immediately to the outside, Redman ran hard between the tackles and constantly spun out of tackles. He was the Steelers' most consistent offensive weapon.
THUMBS DOWN: Steelers outside linebackers. This was the first time that LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison played a full game together since Week 4. Wait, they actually played in the game? It was a major disappearing act for the Steelers' defensive playmakers. There was no pass rush (zero sacks and zero quarterback hits) and Harrison repeatedly got sucked inside on the outside runs.
STAT THAT STICKS: 11 — Seconds in overtime that it took the Broncos to beat the Steelers. That's the shortest overtime game in NFL history — that includes regular season and postseason. The previous shortest overtime in the playoffs was 66 seconds, when the Rams beat the Giants in the 1989 season.
OVERHEARD: "Stunned, yeah. Shocking. I would never have thought one play would go all the way down field for a touchdown in overtime. ... We look up and the guy is running downfield for a touchdown." Wide receiver Hines Ward on his reaction to the winning play in overtime.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Steelers know their 2012 opponents (which includes home-and-away games against AFC North teams). Home: Kansas City, San Diego, Philadelphia, Washington, N.Y. Jets. Away: Denver, Oakland, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Tennessee.