Pittsburgh's season started with turmoil, but now the Steelers find themselves a game away from playing in the Super Bowl. Take a look back at how they made it to the AFC Championship Game.
Divisional round: Familiar foe
The Steelers locked horns with the Ravens in a divisional round playoff bout, and they staged yet another comeback. Big Ben connected with rookie WR Antonio Brown on a 58-yard deep ball with less than two minutes remaining to beat the Ravens 31-24 and set a date with the Jets in the AFC Championship Game.
Week 17: Hammering the Browns
The Steelers found themselves head-to-head against the Browns in their season finale once again. Pittsburgh won easily, 41-9, to finish the season with a 12-4 record and lock up the AFC's No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs.
Week 13: Rally vs. the Ravens
In Week 13, the Steelers squared off against another hard-nosed, playoff-bound team in the Baltimore Ravens. Battling on Sunday night, the Steelers rallied after a dismal first half with a 13-point second half to beat the Ravens 13-10.
Week 11: Heating up
After a loss in Week 10 to the rival New England Patriots, the Steelers were looking to make a statement in Week 11. They did, crushing the Raiders 35-3 and kick-starting a four-game winning streak for the black and gold.
Week 6: Big Ben's back
After Pittburgh's bye week, starting QB Ben Roethlisberger returned to the starting lineup from his four-game suspension. Donning throwback uniforms, the Steelers swarmed their division rival, the Cleveland Browns. Steelers LB James Harrison came up huge with two sacks and a forced fumble in the 28-10 win.
Week 3: Batch to the rescue
Quarterback issues continued for the Steelers in Week 3, as backup Dennis Dixon was unable to play after suffering a knee injury vs. the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. Enter veteran Charlie Batch, making his first start since the 2007 season. Batch delivered a big win on the road vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to keep the Steelers undefeated, throwing three TDs in the contest.
Week 1: Mendenhall the hero
Pittsburgh's season kicked off with an overtime thriller against the Atlanta Falcons. With Dennis Dixon starting in place of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger, scoring was sparse in the contest. Neither team found the end zone in regulation, settling for three field goals apiece. Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall broke free on the Steelers' first possession in overtime, scampering for a 50-yard TD to win the game, 15-9.
Big Ben's suspension reduced
After meeting with Roger Goodell and fulfilling the requirements set forth by the league, Roethlisberger had his suspension reduced to four games. The reduction allowed the star QB to return in Week 6.
Drafting Maurkice Pouncey
The Steelers snagged Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th pick in the NFL draft. Pouncey immediately made an impact on the field, anchoring the offensive line and eventually earning a bid to the Pro Bowl. The last Steelers rookie offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl was Frank Varrichione in 1956.
Big Ben suspended
Amid allegations of sexual assault, Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Roethlisberger never was charged in the incident, but the league required that he undergo evaluation before it would consider a reduction in the six-game suspension.