The Yankees just never had it in them this series, drained from the struggle just to get to the playoffs. I think the same thing happened to the Red Sox. We just make the battles in the regular season so important, both emotionally and statistically, that there's nothing left come October anymore.
As for the Steelers, they looked solid, if not as fantastic as the first couple games this year. Losing Big Ben will be a problem, but let's just hope it's a 2-4 week thing at the worst. Young as he is I'd rather have him back than go to the playoffs with Tommy Maddox or Charlie Batch.