by Chris Burke
It was fitting, really, that the Steelers ended -- at least for now -- the domination of road teams in the NFL playoffs with Sunday's win over San Diego. The Steelers were, after all, the ones that started this home-away-from-home madness in the first place.
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In the 2005-06 season, Pittsburgh barely inched into the postseason, needing four straight wins to do so. The sixth-seeded Steelers then went on the road and won at Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver, setting up a Super Bowl win over NFC No. 1 seed Seattle.
With that run, the Steelers became the first team since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970 to be crowned champion without playing a single postseason home game.
Last season, the Giants became the second. Baltimore or Philadelphia could become the third on Feb. 1 in Tampa.
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