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 Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward pressures Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith during Sunday's game at Heinz Field.
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Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward pressures Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith during Sunday's game at Heinz Field.

On the Steelers: Throwback defensive effort sets up AFC North showdown

The Steelers defense hopped into a time machine Sunday for a bend-but-don’t-break performance in a playoff-clinching win against the Chiefs.


 James Harrison takes down the Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on fourth down near the end of the second quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: James Harrison's play too good to call it quits

James Harrison is playing too well for him to hang up his cleats after this season.



 Steelers safety Mike Mitchell celebrates a fourth-down stop Sunday at Heinz Field against the Chiefs.

Gene Collier: Arizona seems far away for Steelers, but so did playoffs

Ramon Foster has some big dreams for this Steelers team that not long ago looked like a complete mess instead of a contender.



 Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is pressured by Kansas City Chiefs Dontari Poe in the first half at Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pa

Report Card: Steelers vs. Chiefs, 20-12

Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers' effort in a 20-12 victory against Kansas City:



 Antonio Brown had 7 catches for 72 yards against the Chiefs Sunday at Heinz Field. Brown broke his Steelers single-season receiving record with 1,570 yards this year.

Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Steelers vs. Chiefs

In a game when any number of defenders made significant stops, Harrison came back after missing two games and stood above the rest.



 Steelers Cameron Heyward sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

Steelers notebook: Sacks make a timely comeback

Defensive pressure, effective blitzes and the resulting sacks returned at the perfect time Sunday for the Steelers defense.



 General manager Neal Huntington and the Pirates have made PNC Park more appealing for potential free agents.

Huntington, Pirates make PNC Park a destination for free agents

Back-to-back playoff appearances have thrust the Pirates back in the spotlight, and executives believe Pittsburgh is becoming a destination.



 Penguins rookie Derrick Pouliot celebrates his goal Saturday night against Florida.

Derrick Pouliot's Penguins debut an encouraging sign

The future appears to be bright for Penguins rookie Derrick Pouliot, who made a big splash Saturday in his debut.



 Pitt's James Conner looks for running room this season against Syracuse.

Bowl practices help keep focus on field for Pitt

The are bigger things at stake for the program at the moment, but the Panthers' season isn't over yet.



 Michael Young, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, is relied upon to play center for the Panthers.

Pitt's small lineup impacts defending, rebounding

Pitt's small lineup with Mike Young at center is its best lineup, but the Panthers will need to figure out how to compete at that size.


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    For all the good Steve Pederson did for Pitt athletics, hiring the right football coach always eluded him.

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