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2016 Schedule
14-2, 1st in AFC East
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Both Steelers and Patriots have skeletons in their closets (1:57)

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The winner of the Steelers-Patriots game on Sunday will play in their 9th Super Bowl, more than any other franchise. The Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos have all appeared in 8, with the Steelers leading the way with 6 wins.

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The 4 QB scheduled to start this weekend -- Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers -- have combined to win seven Super Bowls, the most on any Championship weekend since the 1970 Merger. It's also the 3rd time since 1970 3 Super Bowl-winning starting QB will play in the Conference Championship in a single season.

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Tom Brady, who already has played in the most Divisional Playoff games all-time, will set the record for the most Championship Game appearances with 11, breaking the record shared by Gene Upshaw and George Blanda. If Brady wins, he'll appear in his 7th Super Bowl, which will break his tie with Mike Lodish for most all-time.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman, to Steelers reporters, on his Antonio Brown-related comments: "I mean, I think it was taken out of context. I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They're an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don't know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it's not the way we would do it here. That's just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it's whatever. That's what the media does, try to make stories."

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Tom Brady through the years (0:54)
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R&K: Rate Stuff, "ghosting" & Melo vs Phil

The guys start talking about why Carmelo and Phil Jackson deserve each other, plus they rate stuff, talk about "ghosting" and chat with Giants safety Landon Collins.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: WR Danny Amendola (ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (knee), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) all limited in practice. Hightower's shoulder and knee injuries for Bolden and Sheard are new additions to the injury report this week.

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New face to join the Pats' backfield?

LeGarrette Blount has been great, but he's a free agent this offseason, and the draft is full of top prospects at the position. Mike Reiss expects a new feature back in Foxborough. Predicting big changes

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The Patriots, Steelers, Falcons and Packers all have active win streaks of at least 5 games including postseason. According to Elias Sports Bureau research it's the first time since the 1970 Merger all 4 teams in the Conference Championship had active winning streaks of at least 5 games coming into the game.

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Woody on how Steelers can beat Patriots

ESPN NFL analyst Damien Woody gives his takes on how the Steelers can beat the Patriots, Antonio Brown's Facebook Live, Aaron Rodgers' talent and Rodgers' ability to adjust.

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The winner of Sunday's AFC Championship Game will play in its 9th Super Bowl, more than any other franchise. The Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos have all appeared in 8, with the Steelers leading the way with 6 wins.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of NFC and AFC Championship Games (as of 2 p.m. ET Wednesday): Atlanta has been steadily increased to a 4.5-point home favorite despite Green Bay getting most of the public support (offshore books as well as the South Point and William Hill books in Vegas have even gone to -5). The over/under has also risen to 61 points. New England has been bet up to a 6-point home favorite over Pittsburgh (the only Vegas books holding the line at -5.5 are the Wynn and Treasure Island).. The over/under is still mostly 51 in Vegas (the Wynn and Treasure Island are again the lone exceptions at 50.5).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Key points of note from Patriots practice: 1) It was held in full pads and in the rain, which means it's a day that the Patriots will focus on the running game and ball security in adverse conditions; 2) Rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, said his plan was to be a full participant for the first time in three weeks; 3) WR Chris Hogan, who described his thigh injury as minor, was present and appeared to be moving well; 4) Every player on the roster was present.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Malcolm Mitchell (19) and Chris Hogan (15) loosen up at the start of a rainy practice. Mitchell (knee) said he planned to practice fully while Hogan (thigh) described his ailment as minor.

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Brady: 'We have to play our best game of the year' (0:17)
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Belichick draws laughs about his excitement for AFC title game (0:19)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Is there a difference in locker-room culture between Steelers and Patriots? "Next question," answers RB LeGarrette Blount.

Team Stats

Passing Yards269.34th
Rushing Yards117.07th
Points For27.43rd
Points Against15.61st

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