Steelers Nation, your hearts must have sank when Joe Flacco connected on a 70 yard pass to Jacoby Jones to tie the game with less than a minute left. You couldn't believe it when Peyton Manning threw an interception to set Justin Tucker up for the game-winning field goal in double overtime, and you were grabbing for the remote when Ray Lewis started preaching on national television.
Add on the New England victory over Houston and you have an AFC championship game that we saw last year, and did not want to see again.
Welcome to your worst nightmare come to life Steelers fans. The Ravens and Patriots, Pittsburgh's most two hated rivals in the past decade, are playing for the right to go to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. It's an old debate of selecting the lesser of two evils. It's a lose-lose situation in Pittsburgh.
Cheer an NFC team? Hold on a second! If you're gonna pick a team, there is only one Steelers fans should be supporting. The Atlanta Falcons.
Of all four teams left, the Falcons are not expected to win the NFC title game or the Super Bowl if they make it. They almost blew a 20 point fourth quarter lead to the Seattle Seahawks. There are several reasons why Pittsburgh fans should jump on the Falcons bandwagon.
First of all, it's New England and Baltimore! The Patriots kept the Steelers out of Super Bowl's XXXVI and XXXIV. Don't forget "spygate" too. Then there's Bill Belichick. The man you would love to have on your sideline, but you hate him and his dumb hooded sweatshirt on the opposite side of the field.
The Baltimore Ravens; well you know the story. Fans of the Steelers hate Joe Flacco. He calls himself one of the best quarterback's in the game, and that uni-brow! All together now, "RAY LEWIS KILLED A GUY!" The best defense against the future hall of famer Steelers Nation has.
The San Francisco 49ers. Why would yinzers have a problem with them? Count the rings the Steelers have, and then count the 49ers championships. If San Francisco wins Super Bowl XLVII, they tie the Steelers for most Super Bowls. That bragging right gets thrown out quicker than a Christmas tree on January 2nd.
And last but not least. The Harbaugh brothers! Can you imagine how annoying the media coverage will be if Baltimore plays San Francisco in the Super Bowl? They are both annoying and the fact that they are related is even worse. Steelers fans already despise Jon Harbaugh, the man known for the premature Gatorade bath in 2011 when they beat the Steelers in a regular season game. That's cute.
So, the Falcons don't look like a bad option, huh? Defend the bragging rights of the rings, and no Harbaugh brothers.