Pittsburgh (11-6) at Denver (12-4)
3:40 p.m. Sunday • Ch. 4 • Line: Broncos by 7 ½
The skinny: This marks the eighth playoff meeting between Steelers and Broncos. The last time they met in the postseason was on Jan. 8, 2012, when Demaryius Thomas caught an 80-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 Denver victory.
Steelers update: The Steelers won't have All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) or running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) in the lineup, but there is a good possibility they will have injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (sprained shoulder). Brown and Williams have been ruled out, while Roethlisberger is questionable. Coach Mike Tomlin was pleased with what he saw from his quarterback in practice Friday. "He did a nice job," Tomlin said. "He did everything we asked him to do. … I thought it was a productive day." … The Steelers tied the Dallas Cowboys last week for the most playoff wins (34) in NFL history. … The Steelers were the only team to top 30 points and 300 yards passing on Denver's top-ranked defense this season. Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards and three TDs last month in a 34-27 victory.
Broncos update: Denver has a 15-5 home playoff record. … This will be Peyton Manning's first start since Nov. 15. … Gary Kubiak is only the ninth coach to earn a No. 1 conference seed in his first year with a team. His 12 wins tied Red Miller (1977) for the most by a first-year coach in franchise history. … Manning ranks second in playoff history in completions (598), attempts (935) and passing yards (6,800), trailing only Tom Brady (711 of 1,127 for 7,647 yards). … Manning tied Brett Favre for most regular-season wins (186) and broke Favre's record (71,838) for most passing yards (71,940) during the regular season. … RB Ronnie Hillman led the team with a career-best 863 yards and seven TDs. … Demaryius Thomas has averaged 99.9 receiving yards in seven career playoff games, with six TDs.