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AFC PREVIEW Patriots vs. Steelers



Published: Sun, January 27, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Records: New England is 12-5. Pittsburgh is 14-3.

Series record: Steelers lead 12-5.

Last meeting: Patriots beat Steelers 23-9 at Pittsburgh on Dec. 6, 1998.

Last week: Patriots beat Raiders 16-13 in OT; Steelers beat Ravens 27-10.

Postseason records: Patriots 8-10; Steelers 22-16.

Record versus common opponents: Patriots 4-2; Steelers 5-1.

Patriots offense: RUSH (13), PASS (22), OVERALL (19)

Gained 365 yards, 297 passing, vs. Raiders. RB Antowain Smith had 65 yards on 20 carries. QB Tom Brady was 32-for-52, 1 INT, 0 TDs, 312 yards and 1 TD rushing. WR Troy Brown had 107 yards on 8 catches. TE Jermaine Wiggins had 10 catches for 68 yards.

Steelers offense: RUSH (1), PASS (21), OVERALL (3)

Gained 297 yards, 154 rushing, vs. Ravens. RB Amos Zereoue had 24 carries for 63 yards. QB Kordell Stewart had 30 yards rushing on 10 carries and was 12-for-22, 1 INT, 1 TD and 154 yards. WR Plaxico Burress had 5 catches for 84 yards.

Patriots defense: RUSH (19), PASS (24), OVERALL (24)

Allowed 230 yards, 153 passing. Had 1 sack and 0 INTs. CB Ty Law had 10 tackles and 2 assists. LB Ted Bruschi had 8 tackles, 1 assist and 1 sack.

Steelers defense: RUSH (1), PASS (4), OVERALL (1)

Gave up 150 yards, 128 passing. Had 3 sacks and 3 INTs, including 2 by S Brent Alexander. CB Dewayne Washington had 6 tackles. LB Kendrell Bell had 4 tackles and 2 assists.

Special teams: PATRIOTS: PK Adam Vinatieri had 3 FGs, including 23-yard game-winner in OT. KR Patrick Pass had 95 yards on 5 returns. STEELERS: PK Kris Brown made 2 FGs (21, 46) and missed 1 (35). KR Troy Edwards had 2 returns for 49 yards.

Key matchup: DBs Law and Otis Smith vs. WR Burress and Hines Ward.

Streaks, stats and notes: Teams last met in playoffs in 1997, with Steelers beating Patriots 7-6 in Pittsburgh. ... Visiting team has won 5 of last 9 AFC championship games. ... AFC Central is represented in AFC title game for seventh time in 8 years. ... New England is 10th team to start 0-2 and win division. Last 2 teams to accomplish feat, 1993 Cowboys, 1996 Patriots, went to Super Bowl. ... Patriots have won the last 2 times they were in the AFC title game (1985, 1996). ... RB Smith had 1,157 yards rushing this season. ... WR Brown had team-record 101 catches for 1,199 yards receiving. ... Brown led NFL with 14.2 punt return average. ... QB Brady is 12-3 as starter and 7-1 at home. He had a team playoff record 312 yards passing last week. ... PK Vinatieri (9 FGs) needs 1 FG to break Tony Franklin's team playoff record. ... Defense has allowed 2 TDs in last 11 red-zone trips. ... New England has 2 Pro Bowl selections. ... Steelers are playing in 11th AFC championship game, second most to Raiders 13. They need 1 win to match Raiders for AFC-most 23 playoff wins. ... With victory, Pittsburgh would tie Denver with AFC-high sixth Super Bowl appearance. ... Pittsburgh won 13 games for first time since 1978. ... Steelers 14-6 in home playoff games. ... Steelers have won AFC Central 6 times in Bill Cowher's 10 seasons as coach and have been in AFC title game 4 times in 8 years. ... Steelers LB Bell was chosen Defensive Rookie of the Year. ... QB Stewart was top AFC vote-getter in MVP balloting. ... RB Jerome Bettis, who missed last 6 games with a pulled groin, had 1,072 yards rushing this season. He had missed only 3 games in 9 seasons previously. ... WR Ward had 94 catches for 1,003 yards this season. ... Steelers had first season with 2 1,000-yard receivers: Plaxico Buress (1,008) and Ward. ... Pittsburgh has 4 Pro Bowl selections.

Source: Associated Press




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