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2012 NFL Playoffs: Against Steelers, Broncos Fear Mike Wallace

Dejan Kovacevic reports that, as the Denver Broncos prepare for their Sunday NFL Playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the opposing player on their lips is ... Mike Wallace. Which at first seems odd, since Wallace wasn't a huge factor in the second half of the regular season. (And Antonio Brown has emerged as a top target for Ben Roethlisberger as well - Brown had six catches for 90 yards last week against Cleveland, for example, while Wallace only had one catch.) The rationale, basically, is that Wallace's speed is scary.

Free safety Rahim Moore: "I know about Ben Roethlisberger. I know what Antonio Brown's done. But when I think of getting ready for the Steelers, I'm thinking about Mike Wallace. He's the fastest man I've ever seen in my life. Maybe him and Usain Bolt."

Wallace's effectiveness could partially hinge on the health of Roethlisberger, who hasn't always been accurate as he has battled injuries in recent weeks. But Kovacevic suggests other ways of working Wallace's speed back into the offense - some screens, some reverses. We'll see if Wallace can make some plays for the Steelers this weekend.

For more on the Steelers vs. Broncos matchup, check out Behind The Steel Curtain and Mile High Report.

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