How Patriots defense stacks up vs. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers offensive line

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We're using guys. Cobi had his usual one catch, it's a big catch a game. The two teams are conference rivals and Coach Mike Tomlin's locker rant only adds to the emotion. The Patriots did just enough to survive this one against a pesky Baltimore team, including a late pass breakup/drop in the end zone on a play meant for Lee Evans that was defender by Sterling Moore. If history isn't the best selling point, perhaps star power is.

Had the commissioner traveled to Foxborough this weekend, it would have been his first trip to Gillette Stadium since winning his court battle against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Deflategate case.

It makes you wonder how many full seasons it will be before we see something else.

This game has it all. "We don't have any more than Sunday night's game unless we earn it". But that 15.6 is a deceitful stat.

The Patriots' defense is an interesting matchup for Bell for a number of reasons. "It's a blessing to call them a family". It's better than expected, and, as with Rogers and Hamilton, Ayers is a young player who's bolstering the Steelers' depth chart. "I really liked him".

Murderers' Row this group of signal callers is not.

Forget about the October 23 matchup between these two teams, a 27-17 win for the Patriots at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger is 3-1 as starting QB in AFC title game.

Last week, the Steelers' couldn't fully capitalize on Le'Veon Bell's 170 rushing yards, as the offense failed to score a touchdown against the Chiefs. This week though, Bell and the Steelers head to New England, offering a unique scenario in which the Steelers may choose to use their biggest weapon in a different way. That's the joy of living in New England in the winter. Check out the Pittsburgh Steelers page as a part of the VSporto family of networks. Since the streak began, the defense has recorded 31 sacks and knocked down opposing quarterbacks twice as much. "Twenty years from now", he told his wife Pamela, "people will know the name Tom Brady". The turnover differential will likely indicate who goes to Super Bowl LI in Houston. They narrowly won against the Arizona Cardinals in week one 23-21 while also losing to the Seattle Seahawks in week 10, 31-24.

It's worth noting however that when New England plays against an offense with weapons, it is either a close contest or they lose. He is 3-1 in the AFC Championship game and has won two Super Bowls. One of two victories on this list, the Patriots appeared to win this one at times in spite of their quarterback, who threw a second-quarter touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney and a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Wes Welker that barely allowed the Patriots to sneak by a surprisingly rugged San Diego team. He said there's not much to it beyond their respective ages. I can't tell you how many QB's in the National Football League wish that their "bad day" ended in a division win that landed them in the championship game to go to the Super Bowl. Making it to six straight conference championship games, sitting just a win shy of a seventh Super Bowl appearance, is nothing to scoff at, but something to appreciate if you're a sports fan. "I think that's where all the talk is", he said.

"It's the energy. You get out there and everyone is really energetic". He's just been a great player.

Now, as Brady and Roethlisberger get ready to face off in Sunday's AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium, we've learned that Brady's No. 12 hangs in Roethlisberger's office.

X-Factors for Patriots and Steelers: Heading into this game, the Patriots are given the upper hand, however the Steelers are no pushover and could easily find a way to try to upset the Patriots at home. (Gasp!) I know. What a frightful score, right?

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