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Freddie and Fitz react to Russell Westbrook not being among the All-Star starters. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell joins to preview Steelers/Patriots. Also Jay Rood of MGM Grand
Sunday's playoff game between the Patriots and Steelers will feature one of the best receiver-cornerback matchups in the NFL.
While the flu bug is making its way through the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room, coach Mike Tomlin said his team will be ready to face New England on Sunday.
The Steel Curtain is rising
During their nine-game winning streak, the Steelers have allowed just 16.6 points per game and are plus-seven in turnovers. Pittsburgh leads the NFL in sacks (31) and is tied for the lead in takeaways (18) since Week 11. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell missed Thursday's practice. Excuses for personal reasons. Coach Mike Tomlin said it won't affect his AFC Championship prep.
Battle of the geezers in Foxborough
At 38, James Harrison is the oldest player in the NFL to take a defensive snap this season. The man he'll try to sack on Sunday, Tom Brady, is the oldest (39) to take an offensive snap. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Another pass-rusher for Pittsburgh?
The Steelers have invested a lot in edge rushers in recent years, and they could do so again with Jarvis Jones and James Harrison set to be free agents. Mel Kiper Jr. has a good option at No. 30. Mock 1.0 (Insider)
Pittsburgh DBs Sean Davis and Artie Burns figure they will be tested by Tom Brady, and coach Mike Tomlin says his rookies are up to the challenge.
With the chance to make it to the Super Bowl, which of the four remaining quarterbacks would you want leading your team into the conference championship?
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
ViewFromVegas of NFC and AFC Championship Games (as of noon ET Thursday): Atlanta is still mostly a 4.5-point home favorite despite Green Bay getting most of the public support (Boyd Gaming has joined the South Point and William Hill books at -5, which is the most common line offshore). The over/under is a steady 61 points in Vegas. New England is a 6-point home favorite over Pittsburgh at all 13 Vegas books on the Don Best odds screen (the only variance from the standard -110 vig on each team is the MGM, which is dealing Patriots -6 EVEN/Steelers +6 -120. The over/under is still mostly 51 in Vegas (the Wynn and Treasure Island remain the lone exceptions at 50.5.
Le'Veon Bell setting the bar awfully high
In his first career postseason outing, Bell eclipsed Franco Harris' 42-year-old franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game. A week later, he topped his own mark against the Chiefs. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Steelers, Pats as decorated as they come
Sunday will mark Pittsburgh's NFL-record 16th conference championship appearance. New England isn't too far behind, making its 13th appearance, 11 of which have come under Bill Belichick. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Where does the betting value lie for Steelers-Patriots? ESPN Chalk experts provide against-the-spread, over/under and prop bet advice on every game.
Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer
Ben Roethlisberger said he's feeling healthy this time of year, largely because of a Steelers offensive line that wants to 'maul people.'
One evaluator said: "If the Steelers run it the way they did against Kansas City, they will win." Here are championship weekend predictions from experts in the league.
The Bengals' Geno Atkins, who led defensive tackles with nine sacks, ranks as the defensive MVP in the AFC North.
Steelers @ Patriots
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