An Immaculate ranking of the Steelers’ 15 NFL Divisional Playoff wins

The Steelers are 15-9 all-time in the NFL Playoffs Divisional round. We ranked all the wins!

Dec 23, 1972: Franco Harris leaves the field after catching the winning touchdown pass in the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Oakland Raiders The catch was deemed the "Immaculate Reception."

Dec 23, 1972: Franco Harris leaves the field after catching the winning touchdown pass in the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Oakland Raiders The catch was deemed the "Immaculate Reception."

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By golly, the Steelers are good in the playoffs.

The franchise has a 35-23 record all time, now owning the record for the most playoff wins of any franchise in NFL history (thank Dallas for earning a bye).

Last week, we ranked every Wild Card round game in Steelers history — put the dismantling of the Dolphins somewhere around No. 3 or 4 on that list — so when we decided to rank every Divisional round playoff game in Steelers history we forgot that, holy hell, they’ve played in a lot of Divisional round playoff games.

Twenty-four Divisional round playoff games, to be exact, with a record of 15-9 all-time. That’s good, too good to waste any time on the losses. So with respect to the 21-0 loss to the Eagles in the 1947 playoffs, last year’s failure at Denver and the other seven Divisional losses in between, let’s just focus on the ranking the 15 Divisional round wins in Steelers history.

Of the 15 Divisional round wins, seven, including last season, preceded a conference title loss. Eight other times, the Steelers won again the following week, and six led to Super Bowl victories.

So would you rank those games ahead of, say, the 13-7 win over the Oakland Raiders, which came a week before running into the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins? A divisional win is merely a means to a championship end, after all. That said, celebrating the 2010 playoff win over Baltimore seems like it would rank high on the list, despite that season ending in a Super Bowl loss.

In other words, this is hard.

15.  New York Jets at Steelers, Jan. 15, 2005

Steelers 20, Jets 17