Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots Preview
Two experienced teams face off at the Gillette Stadium in an effort to win the next NFL Conference Championship and play in Super Bowl 51. The Patriots are coming off an 8 game winning streak while the Steelers are on a 9 game winning streak. The prediction for this match is wide open as both teams have proven themselves as world class.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are heading for their 6th straight conference championship game, a record that now equals the Cowboys’ dominance in the earlier decades. They have a star in quarterback Tom Brady, who has won the Super Bowl 4 times already and will be hoping for a 5th. Brady is also set to break the record for most appearances in a conference championship game with Sunday marking his 11th appearance. Apart from their stellar offense, the Patriots have the best defense in the country in terms of points allowed with just 15.6 points conceded per game.
The Steelers are hoping to make it to their first Super Bowl since 2010. They have 3 game changing players in QB Ben Roethlisberger, receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell. Either of these 3 can control the game and steer the Steelers towards Super Bowl 51. While Roethlisberger has been subpar in the playoffs with 3 interceptions and no touchdowns in his previous game, Brown and Bell have been in tune. Bell has a combined 337 rushing yards in 2 playoff games while Brown has accumulated more than 100 yards in his.
Both teams have what it takes to win the NFL Conference Championship and then Super Bowl 51 but the Patriots’ home advantage and experience give them a significant advantage.