Steelers AFC Championship: Balance is key to beating the Patriots

Alyssa BaileyJan 20, 2017

The Steelers, however, are riding the best feature back in the league, Le'Veon Bell.

On Thursday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked during his media session if he has to expect the unexpected whenever he plays in New England. Players such as Ryan Shazier, Lawrence Timmons, Mike Mitchell and William Gay can come out of nowhere to deliver a game-changing play on defense.

Those who are honest will say Tom Brady is an upgrade over Ben Roethlisberger, although Roethlisberger has his own style of play, but other than that.the Steelers have an offense which is superior. "They're the best. They're awesome".

"I guess you've got to wait and see", he said.

He called playing at Gillette Stadium "going up to the lion's den, the dragon's lair".

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"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday".

"They've been one of the best for a long time". "You earn your way to this game. 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".

Roethlisberger has been criticized for being inconsistent this season, but he is 10-4 in his 14 starts, completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,819 yards with 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was shown on the sideline speaking with CEO Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft and that drew a negative reaction from New England fans, who don't seem to think favorably of Goodell. He's just had an incredible season. They're eighth in the National Football League in yards per game (368.8), with 27 points per game.

But New England, for the first time in years, has a legitimate feature back in LeGarrette Blount, so it can match the one-two punch that is the Steelers' Roethlisberger and Bell.

Patriots Postseason: New England will play in their sixth-straight AFC Championship Game, the first team in either conference to play in that many consecutive Championship Games since the merger in 1970. Now, they're riding a nine-game win streak, including two playoff victories, and have a lot of momentum on their side.

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"I have a lot of respect for Coach Tomlin". I'm prepared for it.

Since the Steelers adopted the new style, the team has been undefeated.

The idea, as always, will be to put pressure on the quarterback, Tom Brady included.

"We have to be great, and that's just the reality of it, " he said.

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