History shouldn't intimidate Steelers

Yes, the Steelers are 1-6 against Tom Brady. Yes, Pittsburgh's margin of defeat to New England since 2001 is 12.3 points per game (only one game has been decided by less than a touchdown).

But the Steelers aren't intimated.

"The amazing thing is none of that counts," Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark told reporters. "They clearly have no reason to be afraid of us, but neither do we."

Clark has a point as far as history. Before last season's 39-26 loss to the Patriots, the last time the Steelers faced Brady was 2007. Only 21 players remain from that team.

Fewer players are around from 2001 and 2004 when the Patriots stopped Pittsburgh from going to the Super Bowl.

"I've moved on from that," linebacker James Farrior said of those defeats. "Most of the guys here now weren't even here. A few guys are here but a lot of the guys are gone now. We don't even talk about that game."

Over the last decade, the Steelers and Patriots have combined to win half the Super Bowls and seven AFC titles.

"That's how it always is," linebacker LaMarr Woodley said."They've got a great organization, great coaches, great players. Last time I checked, we were pretty good, too."