Stats That: Headman Mike Tomlin has won eight postseason games in his career and is gearing up to get the Steelers into the Super Bowl for the third time in his tenure.
Following a thrilling divisional round of playoff action, the bar has been set high for Sunday when the Green Bay Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers with Super Bowl berths on the line. This game should be close, but look for Blount and Brady to be key factors in this AFC Championship game. It’s not a stretch to think they will be very busy when facing Tom Brady, who has made a living off of exploiting whatever advantage he can find. “They are the best in the world for a reason”.
Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell already has run for 337 yards in two playoff games, while WR Antonio Brown has a pair of 100-plus-yard games, too. The Steelers lost to the Patriots in Week 7, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play in the game while recovering from a knee injury.
“I hate that those things get taped on audio, because it wasn’t meant for that”, Roethlisberger said.
Tight end Ladarius Green missed practice on Thursday due the illness while wide receiver Darrius Hayward-Bey was one of four players to previously remain on the sideline on Wednesday. He was also among several Pittsburgh players that sat out the regular-season finale against the Browns to rest. Road warrior will be the name of the game in this round of the 2017 National Football League playoffs.
For example, when asked his thoughts on playing in a record 11th conference championship game, he decided this wasn’t the time for elaboration. Roethlisberger has as good of a resume as anyone in the league today.
Roethlisberger has thrown just two TDs and three INTs in the two playoff games this month and is coming off the win Sunday in Kansas City where he failed to get the Steelers into the end zone, having to settle for six field goals. If the Patriots are to make another Super Bowl, they will need to limit mistakes and play much better than they did last week.
Tomlin in his locker room speech said, “Let’s say very little moving forward”.
The idea, as always, will be to put pressure on the quarterback, Tom Brady included. “I don’t prepare for failure”. Overall, New England is 33-4 at home since 2013. “We cherish that opportunity to go on the road, especially to awesome environments like Gillette Stadium with passionate fans that are going to be excited”. “We have to be great”.