Kimo, Steelers, Try to Buck the Odds

Former Boise State star defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen has enjoyed a long, successful NFL career. But he's never made it to the Super Bowl, losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship games of 2001 and 2004. In today's AFC Divisional Playoff game, he and the Steelers will be facing an offensive machine in the Indianapolis Colts.

Boise State All-Time defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen, now in his 12th year in the National Football League, will try to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a huge upset of the Indianapolis Colts today in the American Football Conference Divisional Playoffs. Von Oelhoffen, who has 35 tackles, 22 of them unassisted, and 3.5 sacks this season, is the veteran on the defensive front for the Steelers. In 174 career games, von Oelhoffen has 321 tackles, 235 of them unassisted, 25.5 sacks and 11 pass deflections.

Von Oelhoffen (6-4, 299) will start at right defensive end today for the Steelers and will likely go up against Tarik Glenn (6-5, 332). The Steelers must slow down the dual threat of Colt quarterback Peyton Manning and running back Edgerrin James if they are to reverse November's 26-7 defeat to Indianapolis. Manning completed 305 of 453 passes in the regular season for 3,747 yards and 28 touchdowns to rank as the 4th best passer in the league. James ran for 1,506 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Colts, also good for 4th in the NFL. Indianapolis leads the league in 1st downs per game, the runaway champion in 3rd-down conversion percentage, is 2nd in scoring, and 3rd in passing (256 yards per game) and total offense (362.4 ypg).

Best of luck to Kimo and the Steelers today!


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