By David Brooks
For BBC Sport in Pittsburgh
"One for the Ages" screamed the banner headline in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette newspaper on Monday.
But it wasn't clear whether that referred to the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XL, or the party that ensued as soon as the game clock ticked down to zero.
Pittsburgh's fans had waited over a quarter of a century since their team last took the "biggest prize in sports" (that's what they call it here), and the celebrations were suitably rowdy.
Snow? What snow, man?
Fans spilled out of the bars and house parties - the most popular way to watch the big game - and onto the streets.
Dancing, screaming and waving their "terrible towels" - the trademark item of a Steelers fan - supporters displayed unadulterated joy and relief after a tense and nail-biting victory.
Throughout the city cars honked their horns, many to the tune of "Here we go Steelers, here we go", while other blared "We are the champions" from their car stereos.
Joyous fans flooded the streets in the South Side, which is full of bars, and in Oakland, where most of the University students live.
Close to the student union a car was turned over and fans began to dance on top of it.
The police were soon out in force in full riot gear and mounted on horses as they sought to bring some order to a chaotic, but largely peaceful scene.
As one supporter, braving freezing temperatures and snow, charged down Fifth Avenue in the heart of the city with his shirt off and waving his towel , he
screamed: "And I'm not even drunk!"
Not on alcohol may be, but drunk with the joy of victory for sure.
Others were more inward with their emotion. Matt, 30, sank to his knees in tears. "I've waited for this since I was five," he sobbed.
It was certainly a long wait for that elusive fifth Super Bowl title, but for the thousands of fans who partied on Sunday, it was well worth the wait.
During the game, the streets had been abandoned as nerves were jangled by an uneven display from the team in white and gold.
Steelers fans party hearty on Pittsburgh's Carson Street
But when the retiring Jerome Bettis put together his final pounding drive to eat up the clock and the Seahawks' final efforts came to nothing, the fans were more than willing to overlook the bumpy moments of the previous four hours.
"As we used to say in the Navy, it doesn't matter how choppy the water is, as long as you make it to port," said Scott, 44, a Pittsburgher born and bred.
Mike, 39, who's from Kentucky but was sucked into the experience nonetheless, reflected that he'd be retired by the time the Steelers win their next Super Bowl if they have to wait another 26 years.
Most fans here don't believe it will take that long, but if it does, at least they can hold on to the memories of a quite extraordinary night.