30th meeting in the series, including postseason.
The Steelers have perhaps the most unsafe offense the Patriots could face right now, with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
Despite the Steelers’ two Super Bowls during the Ben Roethlisberger era, they’ve yet to win one while beating the Patriots in the playoffs. They have been key pieces of the Steelers’ defense this season and have played well in the team’s first two playoff games. Each of those wins came on the way to Patriots Super Bowl titles. Brady is 4-0 against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
We’ll have to wait until this weekend to find out if the Steelers’ rebel alliance can overthrow the Patriots empire.
Oddsshark reports that having home-field in this game is a huge advantage, especially for the Patriots. They both have more than enough speed to ensure the offensive linemen can not set up for a bull rush. They know what to expect and they know what’s at stake.
But that came with Roethlisberger injured.
“You let them go through it”, said Gay. Brady wasn’t sacked, didn’t throw an interception and hit tight end Rob Gronkowski with a 36-yard pass in the third quarter for the go-ahead touchdown.
The Steelers have to shut down the running game and apply pressure on Brady. He recorded four 100-yard receiving games and snagged 12 touchdowns during the regular season. The Steelers have the sort of defense that can cause him trouble.
Yet, both Burns and Davis are aware that their youth could make them a target for Tom Brady, who loves to pick on rookies.
If the Patriots lose Sunday, detractors won’t just have the satisfaction of seeing Bill Belichick lose; they’ll suddenly have an argument that his reign over the AFC over the years hasn’t been all it’s been cracked up to be. “They are the dragon. But you know, being in it a few times now, you kind of try to just keep it in perspective and try to handle it like every other week that got you here”. “It doesn’t matter who it is, but they are the gold standard”.
The Steelers defense can rush the passer, but they are not a great cover group. If not, it could look a lot like last week’s Texans game.
-Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Patriots CB Malcolm Butler.
Earlier this season against the Patriots, Brown caught seven of 11 targets for 106 yards, including a 51-yarder. That was with Landry Jones at quarterback.
On the drive that followed, the offense had first and goal from the five-yard line when Ben Roethlisberger tried to cue Brown in on a quick pass.
Patriots C David Andrews. Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field and tossed a TD pass to Mohammed Sanu with 31 seconds left to give Atlanta the win, 33-32.
Former Patriots receiver Deion Branch told Vrentas about a time, during his first stretch with the team in 2005, that he and Brady were on fire during training camp, getting “up to like 50-some completions” over the course of three days.