Patriots Notes: Ben Roethlisberger Not Same QB Away From Heinz Field

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Together, Belichick and Brady have made 11 appearances in the AFC Championship game.

Ben Roethlisberger waited 12 years for a playoff rematch with Tom Brady.

"I don't think I need to speak much", Roethlisberger said. Two red hot teams will battle it out for the opportunity of a lifetime, to play in the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers drive winning it for Green Bay. He rushed for a career-high 1,161 yards and a NFL-leading 18 touchdowns.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and a future Hall of Famer.

McCourty said Belichick provides that message every morning.

This year both of those men - particularly Brady - are fuelled by the fire of a thousand suns, having been forced to sit out the opening four games because the commissioner hates the Patriots. When that type of competition goes head to head against each other, it should be a show out there.

Of course, those guys had pretty good quarterbacks, too.

What Roethlisberger has to continue to be careful about is to not get caught up in it.

The victor will take on the victor of Sunday afternoon's NFC Championship game - the Green Bay Packers or the Atlanta Falcons - in Super Bowl LI on February 5. We're not playing tennis. As you get older and understand this league and how hard it is, how good teams are, how bad teams could be good the next year, and vice versa, you definitely appreciate the difficulty in playing this game, playing it for a long time and getting the opportunities to make the playoffs.

"We watch film on everybody, so we watched how some teams got gashed, how some teams played well against the run", Branch said.

Pittsburgh has a pair of home run hitters in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and New England's Tom Brady is always one broken coverage away from a big strike down the field.

Despite all that, the nod here goes to the Steelers, in large part due to an offensive line that is playing as well as any in the National Football League and a running back in Le'Veon Bell who can do enough damage to give Roethlisberger the advantage over Brady in a tight one. He was the young quarterback on a veteran team. Which players will be able to give their team an edge?

The Steelers have perhaps the most risky offense the Patriots could face right now, with Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. The Steelers beat their three divisional opponents the second time around and then won regular-season rematches against the Dolphins and Chiefs in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

In his past 22 road games, including playoffs, Roethlisberger has thrown 22 interceptions as opposed to 21 touchdown passes.

"He, like our team, has continued to evolve and grow with our group around him". "I think it's just important for us to focus on what our job is, and that's to go out and play well. That's just the way it is".

But no matter how heated a rivalry gets, where are the moral limits on what we say to one another? Haley talked about executing critical plays and eliminating "minus plays" by not taking sacks or losses.

Young, tough and talented Ryan Shazier is poised to join a place among the Steelers' best all-time linebackers. This should be a big day for Pats receiver Julian Edelman and running back LeGarrette Blount. I have sat here writing pieces all season wanting to go over but I see this as a 27-24 type game and that is just 0.5pts over the line.

Not even Peyton's little brother.



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