With the Steelers set to play the Ravens in the AFC title game, after Pittsburgh won both of their meetings in the regular season, the old adage about how hard it is to beat someone 3 times in the same season appears to be all over the place. You might think that in this day and age of easily retrievable stats and history, professional journalists might look for the actual facts before pontificating about them, but...nope. So I did just a bit of Googling, and turned up the answer here: since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, teams in Pittsburgh's current situation are 11-7 in their playoff matches, against teams they'd beaten twice in the regular season. So the actual facts could probably be interpreted one of two ways: there's a slight advantage to the team that won the first two games, or, because the all-time record is pretty close to even, there isn't much of an edge either way. In any event, the record certainly shows that it's not unusually hard to beat someone three times in the same season.