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AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots

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The Patriots own a 27-16 victory over the Steelers this year, but that game happened with Landry Jones under center. Pittsburgh’s defense continued to be physical against the Chiefs, and one could say that Ben Roethlisberger and company were off their game in the sense that they couldn’t convert for a single touchdown. However, I’ve seen the Steelers’ defense with some vulnerabilities, including in Week 17 against the Browns. New England won’t be intimidated by their defensive antics. We’ll be in for a good one with the AFC’s top two teams.

This week, I envision the Patriots being crisper on offense, but Roethlisberger and company staging a comeback from two possessions down before New England gets the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to hang on. Patriots 31, Steelers 24.

VS.

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
Date/Time: Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Television: CBS - Jim Nantz & Phil Simms
NFL Odds: Patriots by 6, Over/Under = 51