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We did actually play them already this year, sort of. "We're after
every quarterback. I mean, what quarterback aren't we after? The rules are
the rules," BB said. "It's our responsibility whether it's Ben
Roethlisberger or Landry Jones or whoever it is. There is a target zone
where you can legally hit the player and where we legally can't. There are
things we can do and there are things we can't do. That's the rusher's
responsibility to know that. For us, and for every team in the league,
that's no different. So, yeah, he's a tough guy to get down. He's very
hard [and] we've got to be aggressive. But at the same time, we've got to
play within the rules or it's roughing the passer. It's as simple as
that." But of course we didn't, because Big Ben was out.
could be playing the best QB we faced all season this week. "He's a
great player. He'll have those guys ready to go. He's been a leader for
that team for a long time and they've won a lot of games with him behind
the center," Brady said about Big Ben. "I know we've got our
work cut out for us facing that defense. I know our defense has its work
cut out for them facing that offense. It's going to be a great game."
Really Russell Wilson and Big Ben are the two guys.
O-line has come together, and played great last week in KC. "It's
everything. They're good across the board. [Steelers] have a good
offensive line. The quarterback doesn't get sacked much. They run the ball
well. So I think it all starts up front," BB said. "They have
good skill players; they have a good quarterback, obviously Brown and Bell
are dynamic players, tremendous with the ball in their hands. But, it's
not all them. Again, the offensive line does a good job of making
everything go; the running game, the passing game, you name it. They're
solid, they're well-balanced, well-coached, good all the way around."
The Pats can't let their O-line beat them.
Bell is the best RB in the NFL at playing peek-a-boo behind their big
O-line. "I think defensively he really forces you to be disciplined.
You jump out of there too quickly then you open up gaps and open up space.
Le'Veon has a great burst through the hole. He doesn't really need long to
get through there," BB said. "[Le'Veon] runs with good pad
level. He's hard to tackle so if you don't get a full body on him then
he'll run right through those arm tackles.
Le'Veon] really forces everybody to be sound in their gaps. Like I said,
getting off and jumping around blocks or trying to get to the hole too
quickly just opens up cut-back lanes or stays in the front somewhere and
he does a great job of finding it. I mean team defense is the only way to
stop it. There's no one guy that can stop him. You're going to have to
have everybody doing a good job in a number of different areas all the way
across the front and then do a good job of tackling." They have to
maintain gap control for longer against Le'Veon than any other RB in the
don't think that Ben was very good last week. He had four or five wacky
Osweiler-like throws that were off by yards. Which isn't good. It is very
rare for QBs to play their best games two weeks in a row. We all saw how
Brady was terrible last week as well. So this weeks game looks like a lot
of points are going to be scored.
QBs will looking to play better this week than last week. "It will
ultimately come down to those three hours Sunday night. You're right,
we've done both. We've had great weeks and bad games and bad weeks and
great games. We've had great weeks and great games and vice versa,"
Brady said. "You'd always feel better going into the game after
you've had a great week of preparation. I think the team's done a good job
understanding who we're playing against, how they play, why they win.
We're playing a great football team. It's going to take our best three
hours of the season against our biggest challenge all season. Hopefully
we're up for it." Both QBs will be looking to make it up to their
last time they played in Foxboro the coaching disparity was so bad that
Tomlin started blaming the magic invisible radio waves for the Pats
dominating them. "It’s definitely a difficult challenge, but
we’ve faced him before," Tomlin said. "I think this is my
third time going against him and it’s always a fun task. We always have
a difficult game, a big game. And we have a top tier quarterback, too, so
we just have to do our job on defense and give those guys back the ball
and just try to disrupt his guys and get him out of control as much as
possible." Does it sound like BB is in his head a little, because it
does to me?
that "do what they do" don't do it very well against Belichick.
"To me, they are just a defense that beats you. They line up. They
get the pass rush after you. Their secondary is incredibly good. They are
opportunistic. They don’t make mistakes," Le'Veon said. "They
are a defense that you aren’t going to catch off guard. You’re not
going to trick them. You’re not going to be able to hit them with the
gimmicky-type of stuff. They play their fundamentals. They play them very
well. They play as a unit. That’s what this sport is about. That’s why
it’s the ultimate team sport." BB points out what they do, and his
players destroy it.
not only has to overcome their history in this matchup, they have to
travel up to Foxboro and win on the road. "They have quality players.
They have solid schemes. They are fundamentally sound. They are never out
of place. They are difficult to trick," Tomlin said. "They keep
the ball in front of them. They are extremely ball aware. Guys like
Malcolm Butler lead the charge in that regard. They do a great job of
applying pressure and applying pressure in a bunch of different ways. Trey
Flowers is an edge guy that leads them in sacks. But multiple people are
going to come after you. Logan Ryan will come off the nickel. Patrick
Chung will come off the nickel. All of their linebackers are capable.
Quite often, they bogus pressure you or seemingly bring what appears to be
pressure, and they drop folks. They are very multiple. But they are just
simply a result-oriented or driven group. They are number-one in the
league in terms of fewest points given up. I think they are number-two as
a team in turnover ratio." That just makes everything so much more
will have trouble facing their defense. "They're, again, a solid
defense," BB said. "They made a couple of changes in the
secondary. Burns and Davis have kind of taken over full-time. You know,
Shazier came back for our game, but then he's been full-time after that.
They really don't substitute any of those back end players. Gay comes in
in nickel, but that's it. Timmons and Shazier never really leave the
field, four [DBs] that never really leave the field. And I'd say a lot of
the guys on the front, they play through it too. Tuitt, he's hardly ever
out of there. Harrison and Dupree's back. Dupree, Davis, and Burns.
know Burns was playing anyway, but he's kind of taken over for Gay. Gay
has really just been the nickel player. They've kind of become full-time
players. Heyward, of course was out, but Hargrave has done a good job for
them in there. Tuitt is a force. They're playing good team defense. Again,
it's not one guy. There are 11 guys out there doing a good job." But
Big Ben has to face the noise of the Pats crowd, and the Pats defense.
the one QB we faced this season who could win a game on his own was
Wilson. He won that game on his own in Foxboro. Big Ben can win a game on
his own. The problem that he faces is that his WRs are a bit of a one-man
band. I was not super impressed with the rest of their WRs.
for the Pats to take Antonio Brown out of this game. They will try to
bracket him with Ryan and Harmon as much as they can. In an odd stat,
Brown only had one catch in the 2nd Half at KC. If the Pats can do that to
him than they win. He is showing some chinks in his armor. His odd display
on Facebook last week was over the top narcissistic to say the least. If
they can take Brown out of the game, Pitt will have trouble making big
plays in the passing game.
showed that Brown can be shut down, at least for Half. "We are going
to have to stop him." Chung said. "We have to stop him. It
really doesn't matter how much pressure he puts on anybody. We have to do
our best to stop him and contain him. He is going to have his plays, but
we have to do our job." Of course, the one catch did make in the 2nd
Half won the game for Pitt on 3rd and 3 at the two-minute Warning.
James can make some big plays going down field. He has Gronk's size, but
not his speed and quickness. So the Pats DBs have some experience, or two,
of covering a 6-7 260-plus pound TEs in practice.
if the Pats don't beat themselves, like they tried to do against Houston,
than they win. "I think a lot of guys know how to get ready to go,
and coach does a good job of preparing them. I think part of the veteran
responsibility is to let some of those guys know anything that you might
know as a player, or feel as a player going into a big game like
this," Brady said. "So, you try to convey those messages over
the course of the week of practice, and basically all the time. Wherever
you are you try to let other guys know some of your experiences and how to
deal with them. But a lot of people ask questions, and some people take
the information and retain it and others don't. So, you just try to do the
best you can do." Pitt has a good defense, but Houston's was better
Win Or Go Home.- This
is it! The Champ game is set, and only one team from the AFC can go to the
Super Bowl. "Man! I mean, it's an all-or-nothing kind of thing,"
Hogan said. "We were fortunate enough to win the last game and now
we're moving on. Everything that we have to do to win this game, we're
putting everything we have into it. Whatever we feel as players, as
coaches that we could do to help the team win, we're going to do it this
week." Win or cry time.
are no excuses, no places to hide, and no conflicts of interest. "We
have to play our best game of the year," TB12 said. "I think
that's what it comes down to. We've got to all do whatever it takes to be
at our best for those three hours on Sunday night. They put a lot of
pressure on you in a lot of areas. They're tough to prepare for. We're
going to have to just rise to the occasion." Win or die time.
Pats will have to bring everything this week to beat the Steelers.
"As high as it gets. This is what we work all year for, for these
games here in late January/February," Slater said. "So,
everybody knows what's at stake. There are a lot of teams around the
league and we all prepare and plan for the same thing, but only a few of
us get to actually see that plan through. So, we're excited about where we
are." They have to bring the highest level of energy and preparation.
now it's time to roll out the ball and find a way to beat the Steelers.
"It's so exciting," BB said.
is incredibly the Pats 6th straight AFC Champ game. "It's always an
honor to be participating in the AFC Championship game," BB said.
"We have a great history and a great deal of respect for the
Steelers, the organization, coach Tomlin, their staff, their players.
They're a good football team, playing very well at the right time of the
year now, the second half of the season. They have a good winning streak.
They're good at everything, good in all three phases of the game. A very
explosive and dynamic team, turn the ball over, score on offense pretty
much from anywhere. Physical team, they play smart, good situational
football. We've seen them do it throughout the course of the year and in
the past." Pitt earned their way to the field on Sunday, just like
is the biggest game of the season. "So, hopefully we can have a good
week here and be at our best Sunday night," BB said. "That's our
goal, and that's what we're going to work toward. We know we have a lot to
do, a lot to prepare for. I think the game earlier in the season is not
really that relevant. I mean, it is, but it really isn't. There's a lot of
water under the bridge since then. What the Steelers have done in the last
two-and-a-half months is really what we're probably going to see Sunday
night, and that's what we've got to be ready for. So, that's where we're
at." I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
sucked last week. "We try to find out what the other team is having a
hard time stopping. Some weeks it's more passing, some weeks it's more
rushing and some weeks it's more the receivers and some weeks it's more
the tight ends or the running backs," Brady said. "It's all a
little bit different. Over the course of the whole season, you've got to
use different game plans and so forth, different execution, things that
you talk about. I don't think the fundamentals of football change
necessarily: the blocking, the tackling, the throwing, the catching, all
of those things that we work on through training camp.
the schemes change, and you try to put your team in the best position to
win. As a quarterback, you're always trying to direct the blocking
assignments and trying to just set protections and get us in a good place.
I think that's what we've always tried to do here, and that has evolved
over time. But, you know, you'd like to go out there and if we have 70
plays, you'd like to run 70 good plays. That's what the goal is for me
every week." That is not going to be the case this week.
looked pissed off and focused in his presser this week. "We have to
play our best game of the year. I think that's what it comes down
to," Brady said. "We've got to all do whatever it takes to be at
our best for those three hours on Sunday night. They put a lot of pressure
on you in a lot of areas. They're tough to prepare for. We're going to
have to just rise to the occasion." He knows that the next three
weeks can place him in a stratosphere that no one can touch.
QB has ever been to seven Super Bowls, and no QB has ever won five Super
Bowls. Bradshaw and Montana both won four Super Bowls. Elway got himself
to five Super Bowls. Once the Pats win this game Brady will have taken the
Patriots to seven Super Bowls. This game will give him the opportunity to
win his unprecedented Fifth Super Bowl.
would make him the GOAT, not by only in opinion but in by absolute fact.
"I don't think so," Brady said when asked if this week was
distracting. "I think there's always something going on. I think it's
just important for us to focus on what our job is, and that's to go out
and play well. Our job is to show up and try to do a great job when we get
the chance, and that's the way it's been all year for us." This week
is going to be the difference between defeat and history.
good news is that the Pats should win this game. "At home? You know,
it's home," Edelman said. "So the louder they get, the more
fired up you get. You live off the crowd. So, all the people out there in
Foxboro, get ready! We need you. We need you." They are the less
flawed team, they are at home, and Brady had a much better season than Big
the coaching advantage has shown to be too lopsided for Pitt the past
decade or so. Brady was 19 of 26 for 222-yard and 2 TDs when last they
played. However, the Pitt defense was clearly better against KC. And in a
very Patriots like fashion, thePitt D got better all season long and is now playing their
the next few weeks we could see Brady put his greatness into perspective.
He is already the best playoff QB ever. He is the leader in Playoff wins
with 23 (and should get his 24th tomorrow). He is the all-time leader in
Playoff TDs with 50, and all-time in passing yards with 8,244. Tomorrow
will be his 11th AFC Champ game, which is also an NFL record.
is important about this game is that Brady has played 11 times against the
Steelers (including Playoffs), and he has thrown 26 TDs and only 3 INTs in
those games. "We've just played a lot of good games against them, and
they've played some good games against us, too," Brady said.
"It's a tough defense. They've got a lot of good players on their
side of the ball, at all levels of the defense." The Pats are 9 and 2
in those games.
East-West Shrine Game-
Here is the East-West Shrine game Roster ready to take notes during the
Nick Mullens- QB Southern Miss-
Cooper Rush- QB Central Michigan-
Alek Torgersen- QB Pennsylvania-
Marcus Cox- RB Applachian State-
I'Tavius Mathers- RB Middle Tennessee-
De'Veon Smith- RB Michigan-
Quincy Adeboyejo- WR Mississippi-
Gehrig Dieter- WR Alabama-
Tony Stevens- WR Auburn-
Kermit Whitfield- WR Florida State-
DeAngelo Yancey- WR Purdue-
Antony Auclair, Laval (TE)-
Colin Jeter (TE), LSU-
Scott Orndoff (TE), Pittsburgh-
Eric Saubert (TE), Drake-
Lucas Crowley- 6-3, 293, (C), UNC-
William Holden- 6-7, 312 (OT), Vanderbilt-
Dieugot Joseph (OT), Florida International-
Kyle Kalis- 6-3, 305, (G), Michigan-
Alex Kozan- 6-3, 310, (G), Auburn-
Erik Magnuson (OT), Michigan-
Jonathan McLaughlin- 6-5, 300 (OT), Virginia Tech-
Adam Pankey- 6-3 316 (G), West Virginia-
Joey Scelfo- 6-1, 300 (C), N.C. State-
Dan Skipper- 6-10 (OT), Arkansas-
Cameron Tom-6-4, 290
(C), Southern Miss-
Hunter Dimick (DE), Utah-
Darius English (DE), South Carolina-
Jerimiah Ledbetter (DE), Arkansas-
Avery Moss (DE), Youngstown State-
Josh Augusta (DT), Missouri-
Ralph Green (DT), Indiana-
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (DT), USC-
Josh Tupou (DT), Colorado-
Deatrich Wise, Jr. (DE), Arkansas-
Treyvon Hester (DT), Toledo (injured)-
B.J. Singleton (DT), Houston (injured) -
Jimmie Gilbert (OLB), Colorado-
Kevin Davis (ILB), Colorado State-
Paul Magloire (OLB), Arizona-
Calvin Munson (OLB), San Diego State-
Hardy Nickerson, Jr. (ILB), Illinois-
Kenneth Olugbode (ILB), Colorado-
Taylor (OLB), Houston (injured-
Treston DeCoud (CB), Oregon State-
Tyquwan Glass (CB), Fresno State-
Ashton Lampkin (CB), Oklahoma State-
Fabian Moreau (CB), UCLA-
Aarion Penton (CB), Missouri-
Randall Goforth (S), UCLA-
Jadar Johnson (S), Clemson-
Leon McQuay III (S), USC-
Weston Steelhammer (S), Air Force-
Jordan Sterns (S), Oklahoma State-
Orion Stewart (S), Baylor-
Tedric Thompson (S), Colorado-
DeAngelo Brown (DT), Louisville-
Jason Carr (DT), West Georgia-
Bryan Cox (DE), Florida-
Matthew Godin (DT), Michigan-
Trey Hendrickson (DE), Florida Atlantic-
Joey Ivie (DT), Florida-
Ejuan Price (DE), Pittsburgh-
Karter Schult (DE), Northern Iowa-
Richie Brown (ILB, Mississippi State-
Austin Calitro (ILB), Villanova-
Javancy Jones (OLB), Jackson State-
Andrew King (ILB), Army-
Marquel Lee (ILB), Wake Forest-
James Onwualu (OLB), Notre Dame-
Tony Bridges (CB), Ole Miss-
Nate Hairston (CB), Temple-
Lano Hill (S), Michigan-
Jalen Myrick (CB), Minnesota-
Anthony Fish Smithson (S), Kansas-
Channing Stribling (CB), Michigan-
Jack Tocho (CB), North Carolina State-
Brad Watson (CB), Wake Forest-
Jamal Carter (S), Miami-
Dymonte Thomas (S), Michigan-
#26Damarius Travis (S), Minnesota-
Xavier Woods (S), Louisiana Tech-
Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati-
Wes Lunt, Illinois-
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan-
Elijah McGuire- RB, Louisiana-Lafayette-
Dare Ogunbowale- RB, Wisconsin-
Joe Williams- RB, Utah-
Billy Brown- WR, 6-4, 245, Shepherd-
Austin Carr- WR, Northwestern-
Trey Griffey- WR,Arizona-
Karel Hamilton- WR,Samford-
Gabe Marks- WR,Washington
Jalen Robinette- WR,Air Force-
Blake Jarwin (TE), Oklahoma State-
Taylor McNamara (TE), USC-
Michael Roberts (TE), Toledo-
Gavin Andrews (C), Oregon State-
Erik Austell (OT), Charleston Southern-
Avery Gennesy (OT), Texas A&M-
Evan Goodman (OT), Arizona State-
Geoff Gray, (G), Manitoba-
Tobijah Hughley (C), Louisville-
Zach Johnson (G), North Dakota State-
Storm Norton (OT), Toledo-
Chase Roullier (C), Wyoming-
Victor Salako (OT), Oklahoma State-
Sam Tevi (OT), Utah-
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