4. Revenge in Pittsburgh: AFC Championship New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The New England Patriots had a 21-game winning streak snapped in Pittsburgh in October of 2004 … and it was an ugly loss indeed.
The playoffs rolled around in January, and New England clinched the #2 seed in the AFC with a 14-2 record, while the Steelers — led by rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — clinched the #1 seed at 15-1.
Pittsburgh hosted the AFC Championship against the Patriots, and the Steelers were very confident — having already beaten New England earlier in the season. However, the New England Patriots had other plans in mind, and started hot right from the get-go.
The Patriots jumped ahead 10-0 in the first quarter, and Rodney Harrison ultimately put the game on ice as halftime approached when he intercepted Roethlisberger for an 87-yard touchdown.
En route to their third Super Bowl title in four years, New England went into Pittsburgh as underdogs and left Heinz Field with a 41-27 victory and bragging rights in this rivalry.