From champs to chumps

The defending champs are all but dead and DJ Gallo analyzes where everything went wrong. Plus, a special apology from Michael Vick.

Updated: November 27, 2006, 5:53 PM ET
By DJ Gallo | Special to Page 2

Pittsburgh's reign as NFL champion all but ended Sunday thanks to a 27-0 stomping by the Ravens. At 4-7, all that's left is another week or two and some fancy mathematics to make it official.

But what has caused such a quick and dramatic decline? The last two seasons the Steelers were a combined 31-7 (including the playoffs). Now, with virtually the same personnel, they are just two games behind in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.

Not surprisingly, there are many ...

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