Couple buddies and I were having a conversation about the toughest losses we've ever had as sports fans. To get it a little more specific here, what are the toughest steelers losses that you've lived through? For me, (born in 97) Super Bowl XLV vs GB Tough loss. Steelers didn't play great, but definitely didn't play bad enough to not have a shot to win. After an awesome game against Baltimore in the divisional round and beating Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan's Jets at home in the AFC championship, we watched Aaron Rodgers outplay Ben. We also watched Clay Matthews strip Rashard Mendenhall in a very important drive down 4 in the 4th qtr. Now Mendenhall is a conspiracy theorist and is uploading videos to his twitter @R_Mendenhall of him playing tetherball. Hmm. AFC Championship 2016 vs NE Why do I ever trick myself into thinking the Steelers can beat New England? Why? We watched Tom Brady absolutely light us up. Per usual. He, Legarrette Blount, and Pitt man Dion Lewis then advanced to the Super Bowl and got the one for the thumb for NE. LB who was just an absolute workhorse for us in the WC round and divisional round gets hurt early. I didn't feel great about this, but felt good enough with Deangelo Williams. Williams didn't do much. None of the Steelers did. Lacrosse player Chris Hogan torches the defense. I gave up on this one 100% when Mike Mitchell bit on the flea flicker. But, in the fourth qtr when cobi f'ing hamilton caught a TD, it made me think about what could have been without injuries or suspensions (Bryant). Tie - 2014 WC vs Baltimore and 2015 Divisional Round vs Denver These are a tie to me because they are both somewhat similar. Towards the end of both of these seasons, I started to believe in the teams. But in both years, injuries plagued them. Vs Baltimore we got to watch Josh Harris and Ben Tate struggle to get any yardage at all and we watched Ben Tate tip a ball that ends up getting picked off by Terrell Suggs between his legs. Offense struggled to really get anything going other than 1 AB deep ball Joe Flacco somehow won in the playoff like he oddly does a lot. My dad and I were at this game to make matters worse. Vs Denver we watched Sammie Coates have a hell of a game (got me excited about him for 2016) and Ben play incredible on the road vs the NFL's best defense and eventual SB winner. But we saw Fitzgerald Touissant and Jordan Todman (3rd string/practice squad running backs) play, with Touissant eventually getting stripped by Bradley Roby on a crucial drive 4th qtr drive up 1 that ate up clock and was in Denver territory. I truly believe if this did not happen then the Steelers would've won. Then Peyton marched down the field to take the lead. The drive started when Peyton Manning dropped back & then slipped while stepping up in the pocket, possibly then giving himself up in the process, but no whistle and he finds emmanuel sanders for a big gain. Regular Season 2017 vs New England The way this game went down was just brutal. We all know this. When Vince Williams picked off Brady, I thought the game was over. If there's one thing that's engrained in my mind by now, it's that Brady and Belichick own the Pittsburgh Steelers. After watching Gronk single handedly march down the field to take the lead in the 4th qtr and then embarrass Sean Davis on the 2 point conversion, I thought it was over. Then Juju gets my hopes up. I've seen the Jesse James play 10,000 times, and the rule was called properly. Stupid rule, but the rule* (*IN 2017*). The fact that Tomlin, Haley (good riddance) and Ben did not get together to and have multiple plays planned ahead of time to avoid the $hitshow that occurred after Heyward-Bey (???) caught a crossing route and couldn't get out of bounds. I'm a huge Ben fan, and for him to force that ball to Eli and fail to have an amazing comeback vs New England and Tom on his resumé really sucked. This loss told me that the Steelers still are not good enough to beat NE, and this team badly needed Ryan Shazier. Or maybe Brady and Bill are still good enough to constantly own the Steelers. Either way. It confirmed in my mind the steelers wouldn't win the SB because i didn't think they could win in Foxboro in the AFC championship. Simple as that. To get absolutely embarrassed by the Jags at home in the divisional round was terrible, but I think they were just speeding up the process for us. In conclusion, some of their losses in my mind revolve around injuries and thinking about what could've been. This is probably just me making an excuse, as both New England and Philly battled through plenty of injuries his season on their way to the SB, but these were tough losses nonetheless. What are some of your worst Steelers games? I think if I was around the whole franchise's life, it would be hard for me not to have SB XXX vs Dallas up there.