MIAMI - JANUARY 03: Linebacker Jason Taylor #99 of the Miami Dolphins looks in as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out a play at the line of scrimmage at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Taylor;Ben Roethlisberger
About three years ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl over the Arizona Cardinals, surpassing the Dallas Cowboys, after 12 years of being tied at five, for the most Super Bowl victories of any NFL franchise. With their victory over the Baltimore Ravens last week, the team surpassed Dallas in another playoff category: conference championship game appearances.
Pittsburgh will face the New York Jets this week for the AFC Championship; it will be the 15th time the Steelers will play for the conference crown since the NFL merger of 1970.
Dallas has appeared in 14 conference championship games, and none since 1996, when they went on to win Super Bowl XXX over those very Steelers.
Fortunately for Dallas, their place in second seems to be safe for now; the currently-miserable San Francisco 49ers are in third for most conference title games with 12, and have showed little to suggest that they’ll be returning to such heights anytime soon.
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