Tom Curran calls the boys to break down the AFC Champ later today. He talks about some of the key match-ups and how the Pats will look to play a solid Steelers offense. He also gets into the Antonio Brown/Facebook live stuff and what is going on in the Pitt locker room. Curran also talks about why he doesn't care about Roger Goodell coming to Gillette, his predictions for both games today and more.

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Ben Roethislberger will face Tom Brady in the AFC title game. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)

Ben Roethislberger will face Tom Brady in the AFC title game. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots and Steelers will meet Sunday night at Gillette Stadium for a chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

The two teams faced off in Week 7 in Pittsburgh, but the Patriots came away with a 27-16 win. It should be noted the the Steelers had Landry Jones at quarterback as Ben Roetlisberger was out with a shoulder injury.

Here are WEEI.com’s predictions for the game.

Chris Price: Patriots 38, Steelers 28

The Pittsburgh front seven is really impressive, and if they can break tradition and throw a bit of a curveball at the Patriots by generating pressure from a few different spots than usual (namely up the middle), they could make things a little dicey for Tom Brady. But the combination of a deep passing attack and a steady and consistent running game will prove to be too much, especially when it comes to the back end of that Steelers’ defense. Antonio Brown goes 8-85-1, but New England is able to do a good job minimizing Le’Veon Bell.

Mike Petraglia: Patriots 34, Steelers 17

Patriots carve up the Steelers secondary. Tom Brady bounces back with three touchdowns.

Ryan Hannable: Patriots 24, Steelers 20

This game may not be as high-scoring as some may think. The defenses are not getting the credit they deserve, which is likely due to the lack of competition down the stretch for both teams. In the end, Tom Brady will lean on Julian Edelman and the Patriots will come away with a win that comes down to the final five minutes.

John Tomase: Patriots 31, Steelers 20

The Steelers do what they do defensively, and Tom Brady has an answer for all of it.

Scott McLaughlin: Patriots 27, Steelers 20

Patriots’ defensive game plan contains Le’Veon Bell while Steelers’ defense doesn’t have much of an answer for Tom Brady and company.

Ty Anderson: Patriots 38, Steelers 30

It’s tough to imagine Tom Brady looking as uncomfortable as he did against the Texans for the second week in a row. But it’s even tougher to imagine the Pittsburgh defense executing a similar gameplan. The three-headed monster of Ben-Bell-Brown will have their say and it’ll show, but I’ll take the Patriots to make that one big stop when they need it.

Alex Reimer: Patriots 31, Steelers 17

While the Patriots’ defense is untested against elite offenses, they won’t be facing one when the Steelers come to town Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger is a mediocre quarterback on the road and will struggle to put points up on the board. Tom Brady will carve up the Steelers’ defense, like he usually does, and lead the Patriots to their seventh Super Bowl since 2001.

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The guys break down the NFC Champ between the Packers and Falcons and give their predictions on the game. Pete brings up the impact of Le'Veon Bell and what he brings to the table while the boys discuss how the Pats will look to limit him today.
The guys break down the NFC Champ between the Packers and Falcons and give their predictions on the game. Pete brings up the impact of Le'Veon Bell and what he brings to the table while the boys discuss how the Pats will look to limit him today.

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Who is Tom Brady playing for in the AFC championship game?

The quarterback posted to Instagram on Sunday morning with that answer: My family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches, Pats nation, my schools, our fans… I’m playing for you today. LET’S GO

The Patriots and Steelers will meet in the AFC championship game Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Who is Tom Brady playing for in the AFC championship game?

The quarterback posted to Instagram on Sunday morning with that answer: My family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches, Pats nation, my schools, our fans… I’m playing for you today. LET’S GO

The Patriots and Steelers will meet in the AFC championship game Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
The guys get into the Antonio Brown/Facebook live situation and why it was not a smart move. They also get into Mike Tomlin's comments on the Pats team during the video. Bottom line, it wasn't a smart move even though he's making a name for himself with fans. Just another difference between how other teams run things and how New England does it.

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The guys get into the Antonio Brown/Facebook live situation and why it was not a smart move. They also get into Mike Tomlin's comments on the Pats team during the video. Bottom line, it wasn't a smart move even though he's making a name for himself with fans. Just another difference between how other teams run things and how New England does it.

[0:03:46] ... just incredibly stupid thing for Antonio Brown to do. But that's what Pittsburgh steeler fans like she'll just fans fans big back it terribly executed exactly yes and then and that's the larger what exactly it is ...
[0:07:07] ... com Jerry Horton from Parcells sports is here Tommy card attempt early Christian Fauria 115. Gave currency 130 we have both carpeted two games where you're ready or sports reader W we are coming up immediately following. NFL Sunday coverage begins at 2 o'clock will continue to break down. The Steelers and the patriots in the Packers in the Atlanta Falcons went at a post on the continue to outnumber queue up next right here on sports rated and we EI. ...




Pete Sheppard, Chris Price and Jerry Thornton talk about the NFC Champ game and how Jordy Nelson is going to play with a special jacket for extra protection for his ribs. The guys also get into more about Pats/Steelers and the talented QB's playing today.
Pete, Price and Barstool Sports' Jerry Thornton get us our championship Sunday kicked off. The guys give their initial thoughts on both the NFC and AFC Championship games later today. The guys get into some of the keys in the Pats/Steelers game.