Again, did you miss the 2010 Sunday nighter at Heinz Field, when the Pats kicked our asses?
I guarantee you the Patriots do not fear to play the Steelers any time, anywhere.
They will beat us in the rain...or on a boat...or on a train. It does not matter.
Before the AFCCG, they were mocking the Steelers.
Which they had every right to do.
They have a better team, better coaching, and better organization.
They fucking own our asses.
Doesn't matter how many stars we load up with...they will find a way to beat us 9 times out of 10.
It sucks to say it, but it's true.
If only our team and braintrust would say this...because the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one.
Ok. That sounds reasonable enough. That's pretty much where I am, but I'm entertaining other factors just for shits and giggles. What other reason would possibly explain the butt fuck rape the steelers endured in january?
2. They were sick and didn't want to blame anything or anybody for their failures. There were reports that a stomach flu was making the rounds and several steelers were affected. This could have easily sapped them of copious amounts of energy. They did seem lethargic.
3. The steelers coaching staff overestimated the intelligence and experience of the defensive secondary. Couple that with #2 and you get a reasonable facsimile of what happened in that game. On both sides of the ball.
4. They expected Bell to have a monster game, placing all their eggs in one (or two, with AB) baskets. AB was a non-factor. They thought they could keep pace with the pats offense, but failed to have a plan B when they realized Bell was going to be out right before the start of the game. Considering the lax state of structure or discipline, it wouldn't surprise me that Bell kept his injury to himself because he "really wanted to play."
5. They purposefully (or more specifically, were instructed to) let the pats walk all over them as compensation for deflategate and head to the SB. This would explain BR's comments. Why compete when the outcome is pre-determined? Maybe his retirement talk was a direct shot across Goodell's bow on the state of the NFL, and not Haley. This one's for you, Beth.
The reason I include #5 is because practically the entirety of steeler nation (with the exception of Lit), thought the game would at least be competitive. How is it that so many were so wrong? Sound familiar, eh?