The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are two of the most successful teams of the new millennium. They have combined to win five of the last 10 Super Bowls, and both had a chance at another but lost in the big game. Due to their success and the NFL’s schedule structure, the two have met six of the last ten regular seasons, a high number for non-divisional opponents. This Sunday, the two will meet again at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA at 4:15 p.m. Which team has gotten the better of the other recently? Let’s take a quick history lesson.
Since Bill Belichick became the head coach of the New England Patriots, the Pats have faced the Steelers six times in the regular season and twice in the playoffs. The Patriots are 4-2 in the regular season against the Steelers and have defeated them in both playoff contests. Both of those playoff contests were AFC Championships played in Pittsburgh, and both lead to Patriots’ Super Bowl victories. The Patriots are 2-1 at home against the Steelers in the Belichick Era and 2-1 on the road. QB Tom Brady is 4-1 against the Steelers in the regular season and quarterbacked the team in both playoff victories (with a tip-of-the-cap to Drew Bledsoe for stepping in for an injured Brady in 2002).
Last season, the Patriots defeated the Steelers 39-26 at Heinz Field in a dominating performance. Tom Brady picked apart the Steeler defense for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns, while the defense didn’t give up yards and points until the game was well in hand. Will the Patriots continue their success against the Steelers this Sunday?