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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Steelers No. 4 In ESPN Rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Cleveland Browns was probably a little bit closer than they or their fans might have been expecting; but a win is a win, and when you're QB guides you to that win on what felt like an broken leg, that has to count for something. For the guys at ESPN and their Week 15 version of their 2011 NFL Power Rankings, it was enough to move the Steelers up one spot from No. 5 to No. 4.

There's no denying it: Ben Roethlisberger is the toughest quarterback in the NFL.

Roethlisberger was the big story in that game as was the coming out party of Antonio Brown, but the Steelers defense played well and kept the Browns to a low enough score to let their offense win the game even though they weren't playing great. Now they'll have to do it this week without James Harrison against a much better team in the San Francisco 49ers.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.