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Steelers surpass Cowboys again

January, 17, 2011
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The Pittsburgh Steelers (six) already have one more Super Bowl title than the Dallas Cowboys (five). But this week the Steelers surpassed the Cowboys in another important playoff category.

Pittsburgh's 31-24 divisional-round victory over the Baltimore Ravens placed the Steelers in the conference title game for an NFL-best 15th time since the 1970 merger. Pittsburgh broke the tie with the Cowboys (14) this season and continues to pull away from the San Francisco 49ers (12).

Sunday's home game against the New York Jets will mark the fourth time in the past seven years the Steelers will play in the AFC title game. Pittsburgh is 2-1 in the previous three games, with the only loss coming to the New England Patriots after the 2004 season.

The winner of the Steelers-Jets game will represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLV, which, ironically, will be held this year in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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