Steelers still reeling after stunning OT loss

By Will Graves

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 9 2012 12:10 p.m. MST

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (72) sits on the bench at the end of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver. The Broncos won 29-23 in overtime.

Joe Mahoney, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Normally reserved Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is still coming to grips Monday with his team's stunning overtime loss to Denver on Sunday night.

Tomlin acknowledges "there can be only one this year, and it's not us" after the Steelers lost 29-23 on Tim Tebow's 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of the extra period.

The play sent the defending AFC champions into the offseason sooner than they expected, though it's uncertain how healthy the team would have been if it had somehow advanced.

Tomlin says Monday left tackle Max Starks and nose tackle Casey Hampton are both dealing with knee injuries, while center Doug Legursky's left shoulder is also an issue. Defensive end Brett Keisel aggravated a groin injury that Tomlin called "significant."

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