Ever play the lottery? More than that, ever realize how little a chance you have of winning a lottery? Well, someone has to win it, right? In NFL terms, if the Steelers were like those old people at the Supermarket that wait in line early in the morning to play the lottery, they would probably be considered the luckiest person in the world.
ESPN has put together some numbers on just how nuts it is that, once again, the Steelers are about to play in the biggest game of the season on February 6th in Dallas.
Not only that, the team has also beaten rather long odds in just how many times they have made the postseason in general. Get a load of these numbers.
The Steelers have made the Divisional Playoffs 22 times since 1970…the odds of that taking place is approximately 4 in 10,000.
They have made the Conference Championship 15 times since 1970…those odds of that are approximately 2 in 10,000.
They are entering the Super Bowl for the 8th time, and the odds of that is approximately 6 in 1,000.
They have won 6 Super Bowls times (so far), and those odds are approximately 3 in 1,000.
If the Steelers do beat the Pack, the odds again go way up. The chance of the same team winning seven (or more) Super Bowls in 41 seasons under these assumptions is a miniscule 0.000464, or less than five in 10,000.
The numbers basically prove it once again – the Steelers are truly in a league of their own when it comes to success in the NFL.