NFL playoffs: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Mile High Stadium, WUSA-9,

Steelers (12-4), Broncos (8-8)

How the Steelers can win… They won four more games than the Broncos during the regular season, and their defense probably will find a way to contain QB Tim Tebow and the Denver offense. But the Steelers managed only 13 points in Sunday’s win at Cleveland in the regular season finale, and they lost RB Rashard Mendenhall to a knee injury. The defense could be without S Ryan Clark, who has sickle cell trait and faces possible health risks if he plays in the high altitude at Denver.

How the Broncos can win… The Broncos need Tebow to recapture the magic of the 7-1 run after he took over as starter following the team’s 1-4 start. The Broncos made the playoffs thanks to the Raiders’ defeat Sunday despite losing their final three regular season games to finish 8-8. Tebow threw only two interceptions and lost three fumbles during his eight-game run. He had four interceptions and lost three fumbles during the three-game losing streak at the end of the season. For the Broncos to have any chance, they’ll have to get back to playing mistake-free football and rely on their defense while running the ball effectively and mixing in a big play or two.

--Mark Maske



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