Foreshadowing playoff implications
What has Patriots-Steelers meant in the Brady-Roethlisberger era? Per ESPN Stats & Info, the teams have met eight times in the regular season, and in all eight the winner of the game has reached the playoffs. In seven of the eight instances, the winner advanced to at least the AFC Divisional Playoffs. This is the first Pats-Steelers game without Big Ben since Week 1 of 2002.