I'm really glad Hines Ward got his 1,000th catch. He's always been a good guy to talk to and has worked hard.
But I'm also glad it's over. Now, the Steelers can just play Jerricho Cotchery, who is a better receiving threat at this point in their respective careers.
It is a shame, though, that Ward's milestone catch came on a three-yard loss on a shovel pass.
He had a couple of big catches in this game, but his final stat line read five catches, 24 yards.
© It's amazing how Josh Cribbs has his best games against the Steelers.
Ike Taylor began the game by shadowing Greg Little. He finished it shadowing Cribbs, who finished with seven catches for 91 yards.
Cribbs also led the Browns with three special teams tackles.
Yet some bozo from New England was named the AFC's special teams representatives.
If there's a better special teams player in the NFL than Cribbs, I haven't seen him.
© The final stats show that Troy Polamalu had just two tackles in this game. But if there was a defender who made a bigger impact, I didn't see him.
© The Steelers had better hope those two fumbles by Isaac Redman didn't hurt his confidence. I spoke at length with him after the game and it didn't seem like they did, but you never know until he gets back out there again.
Without Rashard Mendenhall, Redman is going to have to shoulder the load.
© The games still must be played, but I wouldn't bet against a Pittsburgh at Baltimore AFC Championship, in a reversal of 2010.
I know, that's discounting the Patriots and counts on Houston beating Cincinnati.
But New England beat one playoff team this season - Denver – and doesn't own a victory over a team that finished with a winning record.
Pittsburgh and Baltimore are the two best teams in the AFC.
© The Steelers finished with seven sacks in eight road games this season. They'll have to fix that if they hope to get to the Super Bowl.
A healthy LaMarr Woodley opposite James Harrison will help.
© Much will be made about whether Ryan Clark plays or doesn't play in Denver.
If it's me, I'm not playing.
Clark wants to play, but it could be a life-or-death situation for him. He was the Steelers' leading tackler this season with 100 and has played solid football.
But none of his teammates will think any less of him if he doesn't play - at least not the ones I spoke with.
Having seen Clark in 2007 when he had to have his spleen removed after playing in Denver, his teammates know the hell he went through.
Plus, against Denver, is the free safety really all that important - even one who has a knack for filling the holes in the run defense?
© UPDATE: The Steelers have reportedly signed veteran cornerback Anthony Madison.
Madison, a special teams ace, would appear to be a replacement for Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown, who have been the team's best special teams gunners this season.
Brown was put on IR a couple of weeks ago, while Allen suffered a forearm injury against Cleveland Sunday.