This week we have the highly anticipated match up between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. This yearly game seems to always live up to the hype and consistently is one of the most highly watched games of the NFL Season. Last year was no exception with one of the wildest endings we’ve ever seen and the Patriots sneaking out of Heinz Field with a 27-24 victory. It didn’t come without some controversy, (did Jesse James catch the ball?) but regardless it solidified the fact that the Steelers seem to never be able to beat Tom Brady who is now 10-2 lifetime vs them.
For such a well discussed rivalry, it really hasn’t been much of a rivalry at all. Brady over his career has consistently shredded the zone defense the Steelers like to play and his stats against them are baffling. He has completed 70 percent of his passes for over 3800 yards and 25 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. Basically Brady has had MVP numbers against his so called rival during the course of his career along with never losing to them in the playoffs. He hasn’t even lost a game against them since 2011.
While this game is typically the battle for the 1 seed in the AFC, this year is a little different. The Patriots come in 9-4 and still in play for at least the 2nd seed but need to win from here on out if they wish to avoid playing Wildcard weekend once again this year. . The Steelers on the other hand are 7-5-1 and are coming off back to back losses. This is almost a must win for them and they are at real risk to not only lose their division but also miss the playoffs entirely.
Patriots fans must be drooling at the chance to put a dagger in the hearts of this Steelers fan by handing them a loss and it would be the perfect way to rebound after the devastating loss we watched the last week in what has become known as the Miracle in Miami.
Last week we saw Tom Brady play arguably his best game of the season, with his history of success against Pittsburgh, I would look for another huge game from the GOAT. If we know anything it’s that he loves to kick in the Steelers teeth whenever he plays them and has never been shy when it comes to letting Pittsburgh and their fans how much he enjoys beating them