Tim Benz: Another inept start, sudden defensive collapse among season’s final ‘Airing of Grievances’ for Steelers

Throughout a week of playoff hype and excitement, Pittsburgh Steelers fans did everything they could to talk themselves into why this week’s postseason result in Kansas City would be different from the 36-10 beatdown their team suffered at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 26.

Hey, remember when the Steelers won in Indianapolis during the 2005-06 playoffs after the Colts trounced them during the regular season?

Hey, remember when the Steelers shocked Houston in the postseason after the Oilers beat them twice during the 1989 regular season?

Hey, remember when the San Diego Chargers stunned the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium in the 1994 AFC Championship game? Maybe they can do that to the Chiefs?

Hey, maybe Ben Roethlisberger will have a Super Bowl send-off like Jerome Bettis did!

Yeah. That wasn’t happening this season. Against that team. With that quarterback.

The Chiefs are too good, and this edition of the Steelers just isn’t good enough, as Sunday night’s 42-21 defeat in Kansas City during the NFL’s “Super Wild Card Weekend” loss indicated.

“They’ve got an explosive football team, and they did a good job tonight,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “There are some things we didn’t do. But I don’t want to diminish what they did. I tip my cap to those guys.”

Fair enough, coach. And accurate, too. But that’s not going to stop us from venting during our final “Airing of Grievances” for the year after everything the Steelers didn’t…

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