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It never gets old for Big Ben, Steelers

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers have won a record six Super Bowls, and on Sunday night, they qualified for their third in six seasons.

But the quarterback for all three of them, Ben Roethlisberger, said it never gets old.

"A Super Bowl is a Super Bowl,'' he said after beating the Jets, 24-19, in the AFC Championship Game. "It doesn't matter if it is your first one or your 10th one."

Steelers fans seemed to agree. They created a raucous scene at Heinz Field as they waved their Terrible Towels on the 82nd anniversary of the birth of the late Myron Cope, the towels' inventor.

"Our fans have been fantastic all year, but they really know how to get up for a playoff game,'' Steelers president Art Rooney said.

The Steelers mostly resisted rubbing it in to the Jets, who during the week leading up to the game were relatively quiet and respectful.

But Steelers captain James Farrior, a former Jet, tweaked the Jets' Bart Scott for his "can't wait" mantra last week regarding the visit to Pittsburgh.

"I think it was pretty funny," he said. "Guys were joking about it all week and just talking about it. Every time we had something to say, we'd just say, 'Can't wait, can't wait.' "

The Steelers couldn't seem to wait to get started in rushing to a 24-0 lead in the first half before holding off a late Jets rally.

"That first 30 minutes was conference champion-worthy,'' coach Mike Tomlin said. "We kind of limped home, but we aren't going to complain about style points.''

The Steelers' victory set up a Super Bowl matchup between the team with the most Super Bowl victories and the team with the most overall NFL championships, the Packers.

It also ensured two weeks of questions from the national media for Roethlisberger about his offseason troubles and four-game suspension to start the season.

He quickly cut off a question Sunday night about whether he looks back at how his season began. "I don't, I don't,'' he said. "I'll stop you now. I don't. Not at all.''

He also wasn't ready to look ahead to Green Bay and a trip to north Texas to try to win his third ring in seven NFL seasons.

"Not yet,'' Roethlisberger said. "I'm going to enjoy this."

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