Patriots vs Steelers AFC Championship Predictions: This One's Gonna Be Close

Patriots vs Steelers AFC Championship Predictions: This One's Gonna Be Close

Brady is 6-2 in head-to-head matchups with Roethlisberger, but Roethlisberger didn't play in the Patriots' Week 7 win in Pittsburgh because he was recovering from surgery on his left knee.

And on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, with Tom Brady again leading the way, this time with the help of energetic receiver Chris Hogan, the Patriots earned another chance at the league's heavyweight title.

"Not a lot went our way, not only in terms of the final score, but how the game was played", Tomlin said.

Matt Ryan was every bit as good as Brady on Sunday.

The Steelers' defense is also better than it was at the midpoint of the regular season. Only two teams scored more points than New England in the regular season, and Brady set a record with a 14:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Julio, the best National Football League receiver (and with turf toe, no less), caught nine passes for 180 yards and two scores. Pittsburgh's passing game and offense as a whole have struggled. Le'Veon Bell might be the NFL's top running back, and he averages more yards from scrimmage per game than any player in history. If you're conservative, Belichick and Brady are going to get you.

Brown had another stellar season as well, pulling in 106 receptions for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns. But there's no way the Steelers let that impact them this time around.

Belichick is known for taking away his opponent's biggest strength, but the Falcons are so dynamic, it will be hard for New England to focus on stopping one weapon. You can't give away points against the Patriots.

The Atlanta Falcons aren't just going to the Super Bowl. With the win, Brady will now play in his seventh Super Bowl, the most of any player in history.

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The Steelers vs Patriots game is televised on CBS. Julian Edelman will be the main man in the receiving end. The Patriots extended the lead on kicker Stephen Gostkowski's second field goal of the night and Blount's one-yard touchdown.

How were the Super Bowl teams determined? The lead was just 10-0, but it felt like a much bigger margin. There's no doubt that player is Bell entering Sunday's game.

Those included one wide receiver, Sammie Coates, failing to run down a long pass by Roethlisberger on the Steelers' opening offensive series and another, Hamilton, dropping a touchdown pass in the second quarter.

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Roger Goodell has avoided New England during the playoffs.

Most of the early part of the week was consumed by the fallout from video of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin using an expletive to describe the Patriots during a postgame speech to his team after its divisional-round victory against the Chiefs.

The Steelers have been torched by Brady when they've blitzed him in the past. The Patriots can't afford to put the ball on the ground and risk a turnover against a Pittsburgh team extremely capable of making them pay. It is on to Houston.