In the last 13 Super Bowls, future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger have represented the AFC twelve times. With this season coming down to Brady or Roethlisberger, the numbers clearly show Tom Brady has the advantage come Sunday night.
Tom Brady and the Patriots face a familiar foe Sunday in this season’s AFC title game. It seems as if the Patriots and Steelers always battle it out for playoff seedings. However, the Patriots and Steelers haven’t met in the playoffs since the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games. The Patriots won and went on to win the Super Bowl in both of those seasons.
Brady by the Numbers
Tom Brady has gaudy numbers vs. the Steelers throughout his career. He currently stands 7-2 versus them with a 69.6 completion percentage, 2,826 yards, 24 touchdowns, just three interceptions and a rating of 114.2. Wait, it gets better. Since Mike Tomlin took over in 2007, Brady is 5-1, 153 for 215: 1,889 yds, 19 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.
The Killer B’s
However, this Sunday will be the first time that the trio of Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will all be active. Last year in week one, Bell was suspended and this year when the two quarterbacks squared off, Big Ben was out with a knee injury. Prior to the game a video shows the two quarterbacks chatting it up with Roethlisberger asking for Brady’s jersey at the end of the game, Roethlisberger also told Brady that he ‘hopes to see them again this year.’ The two may face off as rivals but there is definitely mutual respect between them. This will be the first time Roethlisberger and Brady meet in the postseason.
The Steelers in the past have been known for theie hard hitting and shutdown defense. This season hasn’t been so kind, with the Steelers ranked 16th in passing yards per game, allowing an average of 242 yards in each match up, and ranking 13th against the run.
Steeler Stats Don’t Point to Victory
While many of reporters and Patriot haters may say that the Patriots will lose or Brady won’t have it again on Sunday, the numbers clearly don’t lie that the Steelers don’t seem to intimidate Tom Brady too much. Especially with Tom Brady coming off a tough game vs the Texans # 1 defense, I’d expect a hungry Tom verses an average pass defense and for him to have a field day come Sunday evening.