The definitive ranking of every Steelers NFL Wild Card game ever

Pittsburgh will play in just its 11th Wild Card round game this Sunday. We ranked the other 10.

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The Steelers have played 57 playoff games in franchise history, second only to the Dallas Cowboys, winning a league-best 34, tied with Dallas. It’s incredible to think that Pittsburgh, with six world championships in eight Super Bowl appearances, have actually played in more Conference Championship games (15) than Wild Card games (10).

The NFL has had the Wild Card structure since 1970, expanding it in 1978 and again in 1990. In the long, storied history of Steelers playoff football, Pittsburgh is preparing for just its 11th Wild Card game, winning five and losing five of the previous 10.

What’s more, Pittsburgh has hosted only five Wild Card-round games ever. For a team that has made the playoffs 29 times since the Wild Card era began, that’s oddly impressive. With that, here is every Steelers Wild Card game, ranked from worst to best. (Skip the first five if you don’t want to re-live the misery of playoff losses.)

10. Steelers at Denver Broncos, Jan. 8, 2012

Broncos 29, Steelers 23