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Parker, run defense spark winning streak

After suffering a three-game losing streak, the Steelers rediscovered their running game just in time to make another postseason trip.

Updated: January 4, 2006, 11:35 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Bill Cowher has a reputation for being a strident, ultra-intense guy. But last week, three days before his Steelers faced the Detroit Lions in an all-or-nothing play-in game, the iron-jawed head coach was smiling and pleasant -- almost approaching jolly.

"I think the greatest thing in sports is the National Football League," Cowher said. "It's an honor to get into the tournament. Everyone starts zero-zero.

"We'll see how far we can ride this."

The Steelers looked ...

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