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49ers, Broncos Advance To Conference Championship Round On Sunday

The Conference Championship games are now set as the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos both advanced on Sunday with wins. Peyton Manning and the Broncos will host the Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game next weekend as they beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the late game. […]

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Seahawks, Patriots Advance To Conference Championship Round On Saturday

We now know two of the four teams that will play next weekend in the conference championship games as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks both took care of business at home on Saturday in their Divisional Round games. In their 43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the Patriots were led by […]

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Ain’t Nothing Changed: The State of the AFC North – Week Fifteen

By Jeremy Hritz The AFC North looks to be the Cincinnati Bengals domain as it has all season, the result of the consistency that they have demonstrated in winning. For as streaky as Andy Dalton has been at times, the Bengals continue to find ways to win football games and move closer to an AFC […]

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Ben Roethlisberger Has A Shot At Some More Franchise Records Next Week

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger already holds just about all of the meaningful franchise records when it comes to quarterback play. When he takes the field on Sunday, he’ll have a chance to break some more. The first of the records—and the more obvious—is the career touchdown passes record, which he tied […]

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Troy Polamalu Looked Like Troy Polamalu Against E.J. Manuel

By Matthew Marczi After the last game in which Tom Brady helped make Troy Polamalu look like a fool, the veteran safety looked to rebound at the expense of a rookie quarterback just returning from an injury in E.J. Manuel. Advantage: Polamalu. Of course, it helped that Manuel only attempted five passes down the field […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Patriots

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Kick return unit: Vince Williams, Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, Antwon Blake, Terence Garvin, Michael Palmer, David Paulson, Al Woods/Cam Heyward forming the wedge, and Jonathan Dwyer/Felix Jones as upback/kick returner. – […]

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Jason Worilds Productive Against The Pass In New England

By Matthew Marczi Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers were soundly beaten by the New England Patriots in their last game, not everything is worth scrapping for the sake of starting over from scratch. Within that terrible collective effort were some individual performances worth taking a look at to see what it holds for the future, […]

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Patriots Exploited Coverage Mismatches With Rob Gronkowski

By Matthew Marczi Pretty much every armchair defensive coordinator watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots this past Sunday was probably scratching his head watching the Steelers and their attempts to defend All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. For much of the game, it was small defensive backs like William Gay and Shamarko […]

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Cameron Heyward’s Impact Lost Amidst Historic Beating

By Matthew Marczi It is no secret that Pittburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward has really blossomed in his third season. This began before his promotion to starter; in fact, it is what led to the promotion. With the increased snaps, however, he has gotten the opportunity to make a bigger impact on games. It […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers LB Jarvis Jones Versus Patriots

By Alex Kozora This week, a look at the performance of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones against the New England Patriots. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 1 Run: 0 Rush/Drop: 1/0 Play-by-Play 1. 3rd and 14, 6:50 1st. Lined up at ILB with Lawrence Timmons outside. Jones and Cameron […]

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Dick LeBeau Says Defense Will Close Windows And Will Be Improved

At 2-6 and coming off of a game in which his defense allowed a franchise record 610 net yards of offense and 55 points to the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has come under heavy fire as to whether or not the game has passed him by. On Thursday, LeBeau, responded […]

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Failures Of The Secondary Exacerbated Issues In Run Defense

By Matthew Marczi Barring a few incidents here and there, the New England Patriots spent much of this past Sunday having their way with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the ground to the tune of 197 rushing yards on 35 attempts, for 5.6 yards per clip. The workload was democratic, with starting tailback Stevan Ridley accounting […]

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A Look At The Patriots Six Play Surgical Scoring Drive Against The Steelers

When going back through the all-22 tape of the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, I keep finding myself going back to the Patriots six-play scoring drive early in the second quarter as it really set the tone for the rest of the game. The scariest thing about this drive is […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi For as awful a first half as he had, Troy Polamalu made a splendid effort to separate Stevan Ridley from the ball to first off the second half. When you run wide receiver screens, it opens up the defense for screen fakes. The Steelers ran that after the fumble and it got […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Returner Felix Jones got things rolling by taking the opening kickoff out to the 40-yard line, but that was courtesy of some quality blocking from Vince Williams, Al Woods, and Jonathan Dwyer. The man who made the tackle escaped from Antwon Blake on the opposite side of the field and traveled a […]

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LaMarr Woodley Continues Career-Best Pace As Pass Rusher

By Matthew Marczi LaMarr Woodley did not register a sack for the second straight week after reeling off one per game for five straight weeks, but that doesn’t mean that he failed to bring the pressure when presented the opportunity. In fact, he probably would have had a sack had Cameron Heyward not gotten to […]

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Steelers Defensive Woes Against The Patriots Can Be Traced Back To First Downs

In the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, the defensive woes can generally be traced back to their poor play on first down. The Patriots offense ran 38 plays on first down for a 10.71 average per play and 15 of those plays produced 10 first downs and five touchdowns. Per […]

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Breaking Down The Breakdown By Polamalu On The Patriots First Touchdown

On the New England Patriots first touchdown of the game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Troy Polamalu was worked over pretty good by quarterback Tom Brady and below is a breakdown of the breakdown. On the first down play, the Patriots are in 11 personnel with two wide receivers to the left and one […]

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With The Steelers Season In Flames – Ten Questions That Demand An Answer

By Michael K Reynolds Not only have the Pittsburgh Steelers thinned their playoff chances down to a mathematical miracle over the weekend, they did so with historic flare. With the worst defensive effort in Black and Gold history, the team is not only out of it, but appears to be drifting in the wrong direction. […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots Winners And Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New England Patriots 55-31 on Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below and I do expect a ton of them. Winners: Jerricho Cotchery – Seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns makes […]

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Polamalu: “When Tom (Brady) Is On Fire It Doesn’t Really Matter Who’s Out There”

Following the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, you can bet that there will be several notable player quotes that surface and safety Troy Polamalu has already weighed in with a few of his own. After giving up a franchise record 610 yards of offense, Polamalu was asked if he knew […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus New England Patriots – Second Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers, once again, begin a second half with a significant deficit, this time down 24-10 to the New England Patriots, with the latter receiving the second-half kick. The Patriots were penalized for holding on the opening kickoff, resulting in them starting the opening drive from the 10. Stevan Ridley was […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus New England Patriots – First Half Recap

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers enter today coming off a bitter loss to the Oakland Raiders that sent the team to a record of 2-5, seriously jeopardizing any chance they have of making a late-season push. However, they got a boost when the Cincinnati Bengals lost on Thursday, putting the Steelers two games back […]

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Hritz: Steelers Versus Patriots Preview And Prediction – Week 9

By Jeremy Hritz While there was uncertainty at the beginning of the 2013 season as to what type of team the Pittsburgh Steelers would field, predicting a 2-5 record after seven games seemed to be as unlikely as the Steelers going 19-0 and winning their seventh Super Bowl title. What seemed improbable during the offseason […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots: Seven Things To Watch For In Week 9

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium and below are seven things to watch for in the game. That Guy At Right Guard – The Steelers best offensive lineman, David DeCastro, will sit out this game with a right ankle injury suffered last week and he will likely […]

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Patriots Injury Report: DT Tommy Kelly Ruled Out On Friday; CB Aqib Talib Listed As Questionable

The New England Patriots Friday injury report has just a few minor changes on it and one of those includes defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) being ruled out for the Sunday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kelly had just returned to practice this past week but must have had a setback after being limited on […]

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