The Super Bowl is set with Atlanta versus New England

The Super Bowl is set with Atlanta versus New England

The consensus among experts and fans following Pittsburgh's bitter conference championship defeat was that the coaching staff basically utilized the same defensive strategy against New England that it had been using for the better part of 15 years.

He was ready, however, to give his former lacrosse team mates from Penn State tickets for the Super Bowl clash against the Atlanta Falcons, to be played on February 5 in Houston. This was their most lopsided win of the three. Kraft's brief message might have suggested this Super Bowl trip is extra meaningful.

There are few things that Bill Belichick respects more than history in the NFL. Keep in mind, too, that New England beat the Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger.

D'Angelo Williams came on for Bell and ran for 34 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. It's really not just Tom Brady, but most above average quarterbacks usually shred the Steelers defense, which is why the team always finishes around 11-5 or 10-6. Some poor tackling by the Pittsburgh Steelers helped, but the defense holds on third down and force a Patriots field goal. They reached the New England 2 in the fourth quarter and came away with nothing. DeAngelo Williams replaced him. The Patriots often doubled the Steelers receiver and forced Roethlisberger to look elsewhere.

Roethlisberger finished the night 31-of-47 (65 percent percent) for 314 yards and one touchdown with one interception and a rating of 83.1. Unfortunately for the Steelers, he wasn't the only one of the Killer B's to be a non factor on Sunday.

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who had rushed for 167 yards and 170 yards in two playoff games, said he suffered a groin injury on the team's second play. Brady's pass was on target and Hogan made the routine grab.

The Steelers have indeed struggled mightily to stop Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the past decade.

Julian Edelman also had an impressive night, catching eight passes for 118 yards and a TD. Then the Patriots got another score drive capped by a LeGarrette Blount touchdown run to make it 24-9.

The final score was 36-17. He threw two touchdown passes to Hogan, one in each quarter. Looking elsewhere, Chris Hogan had a dominating performance with 180 yards on nine receptions while catching the other two touchdowns thrown by the leader of the Patriots. Bell had only six carries for 20 yards, and his absence was felt by an offense that sputtered near the goal line. Brady handed off to Dion Lewis up the middle, Lewis turned and pitched it back to Brady.

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