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'65 love affair

September 21, 2008 - Buck Frank

This week, many in the media played up the fact that the Steelers haven't won in Philadelphia since 1965, as if this has some sort of bearing on today's game.

First, the Steelers haven't even played in Philadelphia since 1997, which means none of the current Steelers has ever worn the black and gold in Philly during the regular season.

Second, the losing streak is only seven games. I guess that doesn't sound as meaningful, so it's better to say the Steelers haven't won in Philly in 43 years.

Third, the first four of those seven games came before the 1972 season when the Steelers actually became a competitive team in NFL. So, the Steelers lost 17-14, in 1979 when both teams were among the NFL's best; they lost, 23-14, in 1991 during Chuck Noll's final season when the Steelers were a below-.500 team, and they lost, 23-20, in 1997.

Philadelphia is definitely a tough place to play, and the site of the game is going to be a factor. Just try to keep things in perspective. The winning streak over the Browns has relevance, the losing streak in Philly doesn't.

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