Patriots in the AFC Championship game? No one saw that coming.
The AFC Championship had to go through New England the last 5 years so why should this year be any different. Even though Tom Brady missed the first 4 games of the year, the Patriots have Bill Belichick, he finds a way to get the best out of his players so you know whoever he has as quarterback was gonna be successful. The Patriots ended up going 3-1 without Brady, thats pretty good. Not to mention that both quarterbacks they used got injuries, Jimmy Garoppolo with a sore right shoulder and Jacoby Brissett with a injured right thumb (played the next week anyway). When Brady returned it looked like he didn’t miss a beat. He ended the season with 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 2 interception. Patriots went 11-1 with Brady and clinched the #1 seed in the playoffs. With a first round bye, they ended up facing the Texans in the divisional round and they handled them rather easily with a score of 34-16. With Brady at the helm they always have a good chance to win no matter who they are facing.
The Pittsburgh Steeler are back in the AFC Championship since the 2010-2011 season. They are lead by their three-headed attack of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell. Those three are a scary trio, Roethlisberger is arguably a top 5 QB, Antonio is considered the top WR in the league, and Bell is also a considered the best RB in the league. Those three combined to create a nightmare for any defense and with them coming of a week where none of the three scored a touchdown, you know they are itching to get in the endzone. There is some tension in the locker room though because of Brown. He decided to Facebook live Coach Tomlin giving his post-game speech and it caused tension between him and Roethlisberger and Tomlin. Hopefully all is settled so they can come out and give the patriots their best game.
These two teams have the history behind them as they are consider one of the best franchises in the NFL, with Pittsburgh having 6 Superbowl rings and Patriots having 4 Superbowl rings. These two quarterbacks are also considered one of the best in the league so this game is pitting two of the best against each other. The game will be determined by one thing: Will it be the Steelers defense that stop Brady or will it be the Patriots defense that stops the three-headed attack of the Steelers?