- Pittsburgh Steelers 17 New England Patriots 36
- Patriots will play Falcons in Super Bowl LI
New England, behind the potent passing attack led by quarterback Tom Brady, will be making a National Football League record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, looking for their fifth championship.
Pittsburgh, who were also vying to become the first team to make a ninth Super Bowl appearance, stopped the Patriots’ running attack, but had a hard time containing Brady and his talented stable of receivers, most notably Chris Hogan.
Playing in his 11th conference title game, Brady completed 32-of-42 passes for 384 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, including first-half scoring strikes of 34 and 16 yards to Hogan.
Hogan also gained 39 yards on another connection Super Bowl Live Stream that set up a 1-yard TD plunge by LaGarrette Blount in the third quarter as the Patriots scored the first 19 points of the second half to turn a tight game into a romp.
Belichick holds the record
He’s the only coach to take his team to Super Bowl seven times. He says, from a stage:
“It’s all about the players, they work hard, they’re unselfish and they’re tough. The players played hard, and played smart. They took care of the ball and played good defense.”
And a bit more from Brady:
“The boys showed up and played today, we’ve got to do that again in two weeks. We’ve won a lot of different ways under a lot of different circumstances. It’s mental toughness, we’re going to try to write the perfect ending in a couple of weeks.”
This man does not tolerate funny business
I imagine Americans feel the same way about him as Brits did about imperial phase Sir Alex Ferguson. An extremely grudging respect. Another masterclass tonight. Even before Bell got hurt, every indication was his threat had been nullified,
“I personally want to say hi to my beautiful Mom at home, and my Dad, I love you.”
Thanks. For. That.
“It’s incredible, this team has shown a lot of mental toughness over the year. The fans have been crazy. We put a lot into it.”
FINAL SCORE Steelers 17 Patriots 36
Brady kneels twice, and with a time out left Super Bowl 2017 Live Stream that will be it. The Patriots are in the Super Bowl! Belichick remaining resolutely un-saturated in the orange gloop. He just wouldn’t stand for it at this stage, would he?
Q4 2.00 Steelers 17 Patriots 36
Blount grabs three yards. Two minute warning. Here’s a man showing off:
Q4 2.44 Steelers 17 Patriots 36
Steelers’ onside kick dribbles out of bounds. Pats have one time out remaining. Clock ticking down. We’re close to a very angry Bill Belichick being soaked in an isotonic drink here, folks.
TWO POINT CONVERSION! Q4 3.42 Steelers 17 Patriots 36
Here’s the Steelers we wanted to see! DeAngelo Williams in space in the end zone. Not sure how hard the Pats are trying at this stage, but let’s let them leave Foxboro with a few happy memories.
TOUCHDOWN! Q4 3.42 Steelers 15 Patriots 36
That’s pleasant. A pass to deep right towards Hamilton, which the wide receiver runs onto in an aesthetically delightful manner to put a more respectable sheen on the score. The Steelers haven’t been bad tonight, they’ve just failed to turn their best moments into improvements to the scoreline.
Q4 3.56 Steelers 9 Patriots 36
Steelers convert a third and three on their own 45, a decent pass into Antonio Brown for a gain of 11. All in vain, alas. I mean, they’ve still got the ball. They just need four touchdowns in the less-than-four-minutes which remains.
FIELD GOAL! Q4 6.24 Steelers 9 Patriots 36
Pats limited to another three points, Gostowski puts it away from 26 yards. Hard not to wonder how this game would have panned out with Bell on the field throughout. You’ve got to imagine it would be something like Steelers 12 Patriots 29…
Q4 7.10 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
Brady simultaneously eating the clock and marching his team towards a cherry-on-top touchdown. Pats on the Steelers seven now with a second Super Bowl Live down. Room for Brady to scramble, but he’s Just Not That Guy. Tries a pass towards Hogan in the end zone, it’s high.
Here’s that game-deflating pick
Roethlisberger picked! Q4 10.14 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
That’s a desperate, ill-timed chuck from Big Ben, looking for Heyward-Bey but read all the way by Eric Rowe for one of the simplest interceptions you will ever see. Patriots take over on the Steelers 32 and, as if it was not already abundantly clear, they will be in the Super Bowl two weeks from today.
Q4 10.26 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
Brady picks up a new set of downs but can’t get past his own 17 and the Pats are forced to punt. Nevertheless, this is over-riding emotion in the Boston metropolitan area:
Q4 13.06 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
No good for Steelers! Lovely looping pass towards Hamilton but he’s superbly covered by Logan Ryan and Pittsburgh will turn it over on downs. Once again, that feels like an opportunity, and a great deal of momentum, piddled away.
Q4 13.56 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
Pocket holds up superbly for Roethlisberger who is desperately seeking a receiver with no luck. He eventually finds Hamilton, but the wideout had stepped out of bounds. It’s fourth and goal. Pittsburgh shape as if they’ll go for it, but Pats call a timeout.
Q4 14.08 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
Steelers on the NE six now, as Benfinds Hamilton for seven yards with the first play of the final quarter. Williams adds a couple more but it’s now third down.
END OF Q3 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
We will look back on that as the moment we knew this year’s Super Bowl teams. I’m theoretically disappointed it’ll be the Steelers again, but I consisently forget what a joy they are to watch when in full flow. So quick, so ruthless, utterly deserving Super Bowl of their place at the top table. After two decent passes to Brown Roethlisberger will resume on the NE 13, so maybe this isn’t over quite yet?
Q3 1.40 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
Roethlisberger, looking increasingly like he’d rather be back home in Pennsylvania consuming condiments, finds Coates out towards the right. That’s the longest play of the night for the Steelers, a not-all-that-impressive really 30 yards. They’ll have first and 10 on the NE 45.
TOUCHDOWN! Q3 1.40 Steelers 9 Patriots 33
Too easy. Third and 10, Brady looks for Edelman, loads of room for him to make a clean catch in the endzone. A minor shock as Gostokowski misses the point-after. Will it matter, though?! QTWTAIN.
FUMBLE! Q3 2.44 Steelers 9 Patriots 27
Kyle Van Noy can’t hold onto the ball after Roethlisberger misses Rogers with a short pass. It’s recovered by Rob Ninkovich and the Pats wil have the ball on the Steelers 10 yard line.
Hello, is that Houston? We will need several hotel rooms, please.
Here’s that Blount ridicu-run:
Q3 4.01 Steelers 9 Patriots 20
Brady seizing control of this now like an excellent father. Started the drive on his own 15, he’s now got his team onto the Steelers 19 with neat throws to Edelman, Develin and Rogers. Not looking clever for Pittsburgh.
Here’s Logan Ryan and Eli Rogers attempting to pull off a look known in America as “soccer match”:
Q3 6.44 Steelers 9 Patriots 20
Shall I tell you what’s worse than a promising drive only ending in a field goal? A promising drive that ends witha punt. Roethlisberger tries an optimistic heave to the rear of the end zone towards Darrius Heyward-Bey. Never really looked on, so Super Bowl 51 Live Stream he tries a shorter one to Jesse James on third and seven. No good, and James looks hurt! Piunt time.
Also-injured Le’Veon Bell os taking a fair coating on Twitter for a perceived lack of desire to get back into this game:
Q3 7.32 Steelers 9 Patriots 20
Another big completion for Ben, find Brown at the NE 42 for 13 yards. This is all building very nicely again. Pittsburgh cannot afford for it to end in anything other than a touchdown.
Q3 9.15 Steelers 9 Patriots 20
Roethlisberger beginning to look a bit rusty. Way off his an attempt towards Jesse James and it’s third and eight on his own 28. But write him off at your peril, because there’s a tasty 19-yard pass over the middle to the increasingly important Eli Rogers. That’s his fifth catch of the day and a Steelers first down.
FIELD GOAL! Q3 10.04 Steelers 9 Patriots 20
Brady looks for Malcolm Mitchell with a short pass to the left on the Pittsburgh 29. The wideout only gets one foot in, here comes Gostkowski for the field goal. Not the most convinving, but it’s over.
Q3 10.45 Steelers 9 Patriots 17
Officials not having that review, Steelers lose a timeout. Brady drops back and fires one to Chris Hogan to pick up 24 yards.
Q3 11.16 Steelers 9 Patriots 17
Steelers playing on the edge of the rules here, and Ryan Shazier is called for an unnecessary roughness penalty for a late hit on Edelman. Fiften yards awarded, which takes the Pats into the safety of midfield. Le’Veon Bell, incidentally, is wearing a Steeler-branded Terrible Rug on the sidelines. I am genuinely sad to report that it looks like he might be done for the night.
Mini-fumble from Brady at the line as he tries a sneak, officials say it’s New England’s ball but Pittsburgh have challenged it. Looks an unwise challenge to me, not much to suggest it’s theirs.
Slightly harsh on the boy Roethlisberger from Michelle Wolf, but it did make me do a mild smile:
Q3 14.14 Steelers 9 Patriots 17
Shall we have a second half? I think that’s a splendid idea. I’ve had a small flapjack, my 37th of the night, so am absolutely raring to go. Are the Steelers, though? Two short passes to get their half going, and they’re at third and four on their own 37. Shot over the middle towards Rogers is broken up and it’s time for a punt.
HALF TIME Steelers 9 Patriots 17
Brady is limited to a two-yard completion Super Bowl Live Stream to Martellus Bennett, and that’ll be all from this half. Steelers did a decent job containing the Pats to two TDs after an ominously bright start, but will rue the fact their best drive of the game only yielded a field goal. You’ve got to yield more than a field. That’s the first thing they teach you.
Q2 0.22 Steelers 9 Patriots 17
Steelers defense looking feisty, but Brady gets a new set of downs then spikes it, with 22 left on the clock.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta:
Q2 1.43 Steelers 9 Patriots 17
Twenty-three-yard try for Boswell, and it’s firm, true and three delicious points. Disappointment galore for the Steelers, who had the ball for an age there but couldn’t turn their dominance into any more than three points.
Q2 1.43 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
That’s disappointingly wayward from Roethlisberger, no chance for Rogers, here comes Team Field Goal.
Q2 1.47 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Gah, two run plays stopped with a fair amount of ease by the Pats. Third down now. A big one for Large Ben. They’re back to the Pats six-yard line for this one.
Q2 1.53 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Ruling overturned! First and goal for the Steelers. They’re on the one.
Q2 1.53 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Touchdown called on the field for Jesse James who bravely stoops towards the end zone after a 19-yard passing play. Looks like his knee was down before he broke the plane, though. We will ask the nice people in the booth. Well, not you and me. AMERICA will ask the booth.
Q2 2.00 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Ah, there’s your mistake. Cobi Hamilton drops a potential TD deep in the endzone. Not an insurmountable amount of pressure in the second-year receiver out of Arkansas. Not the sort of thing you can get away with on this stage. Williams runs a couple of yards on the next play and this is your two minute warning. Over to the only slightly inaccurate Mark Owen:
Q2 2.44 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Antonio Brown beats his man, shrugging off Logan Ryan and pulling in a 12-yard completion for a new set of downs. James found wide right shortly afterwards for another first down. Some drive, this. Steelers not doing much wrong at all. First and 10 ant the 21.
Q2 4.06 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Steelers are hanging in there and Super Bowl Live Stream moving the ball fairly well. DeAngelo Williams the go-to guy at the moment, a couple of nine-yard completions on this drive, then a seven-yarder to Rogers. Second and three for Roethlisberger on the Pats’ 44.
Q2 9.31 Steelers 6 Patriots 17
Gostkowski nails the point after, obvs.
TOUCHDOWN! Q2 9.31 Steelers 6 Patriots 16
Oh they are dangerous. They are so very dangerous. Short one to Hogan for 22 yards puts the Pats into Pittsburgh territory, then a 34-yard pass finds the same man in the endzone. Utterly beautiful throw, and it came off a tricksy one-two throw to Dion Lewis who looked as if he was running through the middle then gave it straight back to his QB.
Q2 9.31 Steelers 6 Patriots 10
Again, this is encouraging for the Steelers. Brady looking a touch panicked on second and 10, faking one way, opting out of another, then having to throw it away. There’s a more familiar pass on third and 10, straight and unerring to Julian Edelman for a 10-yard pickup. Pats on their own 42 now with another set of downs.
Q2 11.24 Steelers 6 Patriots 10
Dion Lewis will attempt to return the Boswell kick-off. He won’t get it beyond his own 18, with Roosevelt Nix on him in a hurry. Here’s Chris Hogan catching the first Patriots touchdown of the game:
TOUCHDOWN! Q2 11.37 Steelers 6 Patriots 10
DeAngelo Williams has only gone and DeOne it! Bundled his way through traffic and snuck it over the plane as he was brought down. An encouraging drive for the Steelers. The missed PAT by Chris Boswell is less so. First one he’s missed all season. Pick your moments, Chris. Still: what’s that we’ve got on our hands? Is it a game? I do believe that it is.
Q2 11.50 Steelers 0 Patriots 10
Ben takes an age to make his mind up on second and seven but eventually settles for a short pass to Jesse James. Steelers on the NE five.
Q2 13.18 Steelers 0 Patriots 10
Bell, thankfully, limbering up and looking fairly ready to come back on again. Looks like something’s up with his left ankle. In the meantime the Steelers are making decent progress. Good hold and stiff-arm from Antonio Brown gives them 11 yards, then it’s Eli Rogers again for eight more. They’re on the Pats’ 18 and Big Ben hands it off to DeAngelo Williams for another four. Let’s make a game of this, shall we?
Here’s Brady doing some Brady:
END OF Q1 Steelers 0 Patriots 10
Eek, Coates hammered down on his own 16, this is a sticky spot for Pittsburgh. No gain for Bell on first down, but second is a bit better from Ben, Eli Super Bowl Live Rogers finds some space and bringing in a 16-yard pass. Another set of downs shortly afterwards, Steelers on their own 42. That’s the quarter. Worryingly, Le’Veon Bell is talking to a doctor and not looking very happy on the sidelines. Hmmmm.
Q1 2.55 Steelers 0 Patriots 10
No mistake from Gostowski. That already looks an ominous lead. Steelers need a long spell with the ball. Here’s the game’s first touchdown:
Q1 3.26 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Brady within striking distance now. A shorter pass to Hogan, then a couple of muted runs for Blount. Pats at the Pittsburgh 16, but this pressure is growing.
Q1 4.55 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Brady not quite cooking yet, but he’s certainly thinking about turning on his grill. Spots something in the Steelers defensive setup and orders his receivers to spread out. This, inevitably, leaves Chris Hogan wide open on the left-hand side. Gain of 26. Pats on the Pit 31.
Some chastening stats from our friends at AP:
The Steelers have never beaten Brady in New England, coming in 0-4 against him. The Patriots are averaging 31 points a game at home this season with Brady under center while Pittsburgh’s offense has averaged just 21 points a game away from Heinz Field.
Q1 7.30 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Another big shot downfield from Roethlisberger, looking for Antonio Brown downfield. Swatted away by Malcolm Butler. This is being played at a breathless pace. Steelers punt into the end zone.
Q1 8.56 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Love watching Bell so much. Another attempt at that hesitating run technique which nobody in the league can seem to counter. The Patriots are the archetypal different kettle of fish with these things, though. Looked like Bell took a heavier hit than he was used to on that first down attempt from Elandon Roberts. Steelers have a first down now, though, Roiethlisberger finding Jesse James on the Patriots 48.
Q1 10.07 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Okay, they’re down. But given what we’ve just witnessed in Atlanta I think the Steelers will be pretty pleased with this start. Pats forced to punt after a three-and-out for Brady, including a sack buy Javon Hargrave at the Patriots 22.
Q1 11.36 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Roethlisberger makes his first attempt for a big play, heaving it towards the deep left to Sammie Coates. He can’t bring it in. Perhaps should have done better. Steelers forced to punt.
Q1 12.10 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Pittsburgh will get it going from their own 22. Let’s begin the Le’Veon Bell run-hesitation festival! Here are some very important Patriots fans:
Q1 14.03 Steelers 0 Patriots 3
Pats have to settle for a field goal to start the game, Gostowski good from 31 yards.
Q1 14.03 Steelers 0 Patriots 0
Here we go! It’s a very Tom Brady sort of start from Tom Brady, three quick passes and in a flash the Pats are on the Pittsburgh 13. Brutal, surgical.
Who fancies beating the Falcons most in Houston? The Pats or Steelers? What’s your view on how this one is going to pan out?
It’s beginning to look a lot like… Atlanta
Entering the final stages in the Georgia Dome and the Falcons have a commanding lead. Follow the dying embers of an unexpectedly one-sided game over here. I will be devoting my full attention to this blog as soon as that game has finished.
A tale of two alarms
Gillette Stadium was evacuated earlier today after the fire alarms were triggered. After all the necessary checks were completed everyone was let back in.
Previously, the Steelers had their precious night’s sleep disturbed when a fire alarm went off at 3am at their hotel.
It’s Conference Title weekend
Evening liveblog fans,
Thom here, ready, primed and pumped to bring you semi-exhaustive and increasingly exhausted live coverage of both of tonight’s games, which will decide who makes this year’s Super Bowl.
Second up it’s Big Ben’s Steelers against Darth Brady’s Patriots at Foxboro.
Who do you fancy? I mean, surely, it’s the Pats, right? Coming off a disappointing, albeit winning, performance against the Houston Texans and facing a team whose main strength is at running back.
Bill Belichick has a long and effective history of shuting down star running backs.
Build-up, injury news and tall tale involving a fire alarm. Do stay tuned. In the meantime, tune in to Packers vs Falcons on the other side.
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What is it?
The AFC title game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. The winner will be the second team confirmed for the 2017 Super Bowl.
When is it?
This Sunday, 22 January 2017.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports 1 + HD, and Sky Sports Mix. It will follow the NFC title game between the Falcons and Steelers.
You can, no, should follow the game right here with Thom Gibbs.
What are they saying?
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has apologised for going live on Facebook from the locker room following last Sunday’s 18-16 playoff victory against Kansas City Chiefs.
After the Steelers’ AFC divisional-playoff win over the Chiefs, Brown streamed live on his Facebook account a video that captured Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin referring to the New England Patriots using an expletive.
The video created controversy as the Steelers are set to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship this Sunday.
“First, I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I’m sorry for my actions and behavior after Sunday’s game. I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans,” Brown tweeted.
Warning: video contains strong language
“It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my team mates for my actions. I’m sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they’ve had to answer questions about while we’re preparing for a big game on Sunday.”
Earlier in the day, Tomlin criticized the Super Bowl 2017 Live actions of Brown and said that he would be punished by the team.
Brown’s locker room video was a violation of NFL policy, meaning a league-imposed sanction is also possible.
A five-time Pro Bowl player, Brown has 232 receiving yards and two scores this post-season to position Pittsburgh for a shot at reaching the Super Bowl.
Ben Roethlisberger has played a key role in getting the Pittsburgh Steelers one win away from a Super Bowl berth but the quarterback is quick to deflect the praise toward an offensive line that wants to “pound people.”
Roethlisberger was sacked a career-low 17 times during the regular season and that has the Steelers signal caller feeling good going into Sunday’s AFC Championship clash in Foxborough against a New England Patriots team that are 5-1/2 point favourites.
“I feel good,” Roethlisberger said in a report on the team’s website. “I think it’s because of how well the line has played.
“By far the fewest sacks I have ever taken in a year. I think we ended up number two in the league in least amount of sacks. That just speaks for those guys and their determination, how good they want to be and how great they really are.”
Roethlisberger said the line of Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and Alejandro Villanueva are always requesting more running plays.
“There have been times this year that they’re asking for, let’s go do this, and I’ll go tell coach (Todd) Haley they want this, the line wants this, let’s do it. A lot of times it’s run plays,” said Roethlisberger.
“They want to pound people and get up there and maul people. When they ask for something, we strongly consider it.”
While Pittsburgh’s line includes two Pro Bowl selections in Pouncey and DeCastro, others have flown largely under the radar, including a banged-up Gilbert who has played through a slew of bumps and bruises.
“It’s almost like if one of them is Super Bowl Live Stream not out there, they are the outcast for the week,” said Roethlisberger. “He is one piece of that cog, that puzzle that is up front that is special. That whole group is the reason we have the success that we do.[source]