New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers prediction & preview 22.01.17
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NFL Conference Championship weekend will arise with an AFC action amid the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Pittsburgh, advancing in off a Bounded Round weekend achievement over the Kansas City Chiefs, fell by a account of 27-16 to the Patriots in the approved season. The Steelers are led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, active aback Le’Veon Bell and advanced receiver Antonio Brown.
The Steelers (13-5) are on the longest acceptable band in NFL, nine in a row, afterward their 18-16 win in Kansas City on Sunday night, a bold that was confused from the afternoon because of the blackmail of an ice storm that never happened in K.C. Once you accede that the Steelers had to fly aback to Pittsburgh backward Sunday night, they will accept had about 30 hours beneath alertness time for this bold than New England, who played endure Saturday.
The acceptable account for Pittsburgh is that it abundantly bedeviled Kansas City with about 400 yards of offense. Le’Veon Bell set a Steelers playoff hasty almanac for a additional beeline anniversary with 170 yards on 30 carries. The not-so-good account is that the Steelers didn’t account a touchdown, instead clearing for Chris Boswell’s NFL-record six acreage goals. Roethlisberger completed just 1 of 6 red-zone passes with a aces and a sack. That ability be abundant adjoin a Chiefs aggregation quarterbacked by Alex Smith, but not one led by Brady.
Leading the NFL with a 14-2 regular-season record, New England has absent just one of their 13 amateur aback Tom Brady alternate from his Deflategate suspension. The Patriots accept bedeviled a lot of of their opponents with Brady beneath center, and while the actual three contenders accept won because of atomic offenses, New England continues to win with advice from both abandon of the ball.
Only two of New England’s endure 12 victories accept appear by beneath than 11 points, and the aggregation has outscored their endure three opponents 110-33. Brady is arguably arena as able-bodied as he anytime has, and his 28 passes and two interceptions in the approved division set an NFL almanac for touchdown-to-interception ratio. He played abaft a aegis that accustomed a league-low 15.6 credibility per game.
New England’s 27-16 win in Pittsburgh on Oct. 23 doesn’t beggarly abundant aback Ben Roethlisberger absent the bold with an injury, admitting it’s no abruptness that the Steelers’ aegis played poorly. LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards on 24 attempts, award his way into the end area twice. Brady was agitating adjoin the Steelers’ defense, which accustomed the quarterback to complete 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards and two scores.
New England QB Tom Brady accomplished off a abundant (yet shortened) approved division with 3554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two picks, while RB LeGarrette Blount led the aggregation on the arena with 1161 yards and 18 scores. Advanced receiver Julian Edelman was acme for New England in accepting with 98 catches, 1106 yards and three scores.
Patriots drillmaster Bill Belichick acquainted the Steelers, who survived the bounded playoff with six acreage goals and no touchdowns, could accept denticulate 40 credibility at Kansas City. Belichick is accepted for artful to yield abroad the best amateur on the opposing team. There’s no agnosticism that amateur is Bell entering Sunday’s game.
Pittsburgh aswell be afterwards arresting end Cameron Heyward (17 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 3 sacks, bollix recovery).
New England’s abhorrent juggernaut is beat as Tom Brady has befuddled for 782 yards and six TDs — with no turnovers — in his two starts. He could accept addition acreage day; Pittsburgh mustered two QB hits on 32 canyon attempts in endure week’s 30-15 accident at Miami.
The Pats will focus a lot of of their arresting absorption on Le’Veon Bell (5.5 ypc). He needs a monster bold afterwards not scoring a touchdown in his aboriginal three amateur aback from suspension.