Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI to face Falcons

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Roger Goodell kept Tom Brady off the field for the first four games of the season.

Nothing was keeping Brady from finishing it, and giving himself a chance to accept another trophy from the NFL commissioner in two weeks.

The Patriots quarterback was clinical as his team crushed the Steelers 36-17, setting up a Super Bowl LI showdown with the Falcons in Houston two weeks from today.

Brady was 34-of-42 passing for 384 yards and three scores. It was his ninth career three-touchdown performance in the postseason, tying Joe Montana for the most in that category. And that underscores the kind of historic company he’s keeping, as he leads the Patriots to their ninth Super Bowl appearance.

It also sets the stage for plenty of talk about the four-game Deflategate suspension that delayed the start of his season, but the Patriots went 3-1 during that stretch with the kind of all-hands effort as they displayed Sunday night.

Offensively, wide receiver Chris Hogan was brilliant, with nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

But the league’s best scoring defense also kept the Steelers from doing much of anything, making plays at critical junctures and forcing a pair of turnovers.

The Steelers were fairly helpless once running back Le’Veon Bell left with a groin injury early. He tried coming back for a play, but it wasn’t working, and without him, neither did their offense. With Bell offering just 20 yards on six carries, the rest of the Patriots’ attention went to slowing Antonio Brown, who will not be live-streaming any celebrations in the locker room tonight.

Brown finished with seven catches for 77 yards (cosmetic yards late padded that number), and the rest of the Steelers couldn’t overcome the attention.

Which means Brady and the Patriots will get plenty for the next two weeks, as they chase a fifth title.

246 responses to “Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI to face Falcons

  1. “Top 15 QB’s” Falcons has had to play this year to get to SB:

    Derek Car- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Russel Wilson- L
    Phillip Rivers- L
    Aaron Rodgers- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Russel Wilson- W
    Aaron Rodgers- W

    (note: I’m not even counting James Winston two times or Alex Smith which may be in that grey area)

    “Top 15 QB’s” Patriots had to play this year to make it to the SB:

    Russel Wilson- L
    Ben Rothlesburger- W

    I think the Pats are still a great team and chances are they would have won a lot of games against other top tiered QB’s… but you can’t deny that this was by far the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.

  2. Remember this one??

    steelcurtainn says:Jan 18, 2017 1:20 PM

    Sorry, New England won’t be winning any superbowl this year. Steelers take this one.

    Joke

  3. So Florio, if Brady wins his 5th Super Bowl and undisputedly becomes the best QB of all time… what is going to be the important story for you?

    I bet it will be whether he goes to the White House or not. You can write about his and Trump’s relationship for weeks leading up to the Super Bowl and after. I can’t wait!

  4. Or this delusional guy…

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:Jan 18, 2017 12:17 PM

    Can’t wait till we destroy the Pats on Sunday night.
    Pats fans will be in hiding once again like after the Bills & Seahawks losses.

    Another joke

  5. This ain’t your daddy’s Atlanta Falcons. Gonna be a tough game for the Patriots. If you don’t believe in the Brotherhood now, you boys soon will. Julio’s stardust gonna cover the spread, no matter what it is.

  6. The Patriots are coming for you, Roger. Oh yes. That JV squad from Atlanta won’t be enough to stop them. Better practice that fake podium smile…

  7. I actually HATE Boston a college, I’m a Boston university and Notre Dame fan. But man, do I look forward to playing Atlanta and Matt Ryan! Great seasons Pittsburgh and Green Bay!

    ONTO THE FALCONS!

  8. In terms of the Steelers’ “killer Bs”, someone did some research into “triplet” teams — teams that have an elite qb, and lights out rb and wideouts. According to this guy on PatsPulpit, BB has faced five of them over the years, including the “Greatest Show on Turf” — Warner, Bruce, Faulk, and Manning, James, Harrison, and so on. BB’s record against stacked “triplet” teams was 5-0, now 6-0. Falconies coming up.

    Discarding the first half of the season, seems reasonable to assert that two very deserving and top-drawer teams will be facing off in the SB.

    One storyline is that TB12, he of the huge CHIP on his shoulder and on a revenge tour to boot, will walk into the Houston stadium knowing that the NFL just hung the MVP award on the guy on the other sideline. Tens of millions of people get to tune into seeing his response.

    Can’t wait.

  9. Hey NFL front office. How does it feel to have a QB you suspended for cheating making it to the Super Bowl. If you or some of the owners don’t like it because the optics look bad, well that’s your own fault. See now how short sighted and petty you all were.

  10. Tom Brady sounded like a guy who is going to retire after the SB…..wow, he was emotional after that win, he wants to go out like Manning, with a SB win….lets see

  11. As much as I’d love to run my mouth and talk trash… I’ll just say two things… 36-17 and AFC Champs!

    To the classy Steeler fans… it was a treat seeing your boys face us. Hopefully next time we won’t have to wait 12 years.

    🙂

  12. In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    Since the end of the first half of the game in question: Brady 78 Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions; two AFC Championship WINS; Super Bowl WIN; helped his team win enough games to play in the 2016 AFC Championship game, plus 16 wins this year and another trip to this year’s Super Bowl.

    DEFLATEGATE FACTS:
    During 19 January, 2015 (day after AFC Championship Game), an official letter sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    That statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated. Who from the NFL office directed to stop testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs???

    2. FACT: The NFL has finally admitted that they DID NOT know anything about the Ideal Gas Law (IGL). That admission is incredible!

    3. FACT: Brady was found guilty by the NFL office based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report).

    4. What would you do if someone in your family was accused and deemed guilty based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report)? Could you accept that???

    5. Why wouldn’t Brady turn his cell phone in? …… Would you provide your cell phone to folks that you know are not truthful (19 Jan. letter)???

    6. FACT: NFL announces creation of PSI rules shortly before leaking story that Brady “destroys” phone. Thus, the public quickly forgets the NFL admits they had no PSI rules or knowledge of the Ideal Gas Law.

    7. This is AMERICA and King Roger and Troy Vincent are NOT bigger than our great Country! The Missouri Supreme Court, in a separate case, stated in May, 2015: …. “the terms of the contract designating the NFL commissioner, an employee of the team owners, as the sole arbitrator with unfettered discretion to establish the rules for arbitration are unconscionable and, therefore, unenforceable”.

    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

  13. Finally, the Pats D met a real Offense…

    9 points till garbage time.

    Let me guess.

    Bell was injured, so it wasn’t a real Offense anymore…

    Won’t face one till Atlanta now, and the we’ll see how bad the Pats D really is.

  14. UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!!!!!!

    At 39, Brady is going to his SEVENTH SUPER BOWL!!!!!

    How does THAT taste, haters???!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Flash1287 says:

    suck it Steelers fans, Brady OWNS YOU…….

    you could have 9 SB if not for TOM BRADY!!!

    Choke on that ALL. offseason!!!!

    And no, we aren’t going to be “classy”

    B…B…B….but we have the killer B’s

    donewithhotdogs says:
    I can’t wait til the steelers mop the floor with the pats this weekend. All year I’ve been saying if the Steelers get a chance with Ben to play the pats again they would win. I love how nobody brings up how mediocre the QBs Brady has played since he started in week 4. Goff, Kap, Fitzpatrick 2x, Landry Jones, Charlie Whitehurst, Brock Osweiler, Dalton, Flacco, Tyrod, and Russell Wilson. Wilson is the only elite qb they played and they lost. Have fun trying to stop the killer b’s

    chopper150 says:
    Pats can cheat again….problem is: Pitt has a superior team this time. Aside from Brady and your head coach, it’s not close. Even a couple bad calls won’t save you from 150+ yards from Bell and Big Ben having 11 alligator in the pocket. Weak ass regular season record, two byes in the playoffs, and you have a perfect recipe for a beat down! Steelers 31-20!

    steelcurtainn says:
    The Pats defense has zero chance to stop Big Ben, Leveon Bell and AB. I see the Steelers putting up points this game.

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Can’t wait till we destroy the Pats on Sunday night.
    Pats fans will be in hiding once again like after the Bills & Seahawks losses.

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:Steelers 30 Patriots 17Patriots finally have to face a real QB.

    broncosgreatestfan says:
    NE is going to lose. And America will rejoice.

    holeinone09 says:
    Why even play the game? History is certainly on the Pats side.

    It sure will be fun when the Steelers win tomorrow.

    Go look up “Hidden Vigorish”. That’s why.

  16. Great game by the Steelers. Losing Bell early was a tough thing and had to have thrown the game plan to hell.

    They were still one of the last 4 teams standing and no shame in that.

    On to the Super Bowl !

  17. donewithhotdogs says:
    I can’t wait til the steelers mop the floor with the pats this weekend. All year I’ve been saying if the Steelers get a chance with Ben to play the pats again they would win. I love how nobody brings up how mediocre the QBs Brady has played since he started in week 4. Goff, Kap, Fitzpatrick 2x, Landry Jones, Charlie Whitehurst, Brock Osweiler, Dalton, Flacco, Tyrod, and Russell Wilson. Wilson is the only elite qb they played and they lost. Have fun trying to stop the killer b’s

    chopper150 says:
    Pats can cheat again….problem is: Pitt has a superior team this time. Aside from Brady and your head coach, it’s not close. Even a couple bad calls won’t save you from 150+ yards from Bell and Big Ben having 11 alligator in the pocket. Weak ass regular season record, two byes in the playoffs, and you have a perfect recipe for a beat down! Steelers 31-20!

    steelcurtainn says:
    The Pats defense has zero chance to stop Big Ben, Leveon Bell and AB. I see the Steelers putting up points this game.

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Can’t wait till we destroy the Pats on Sunday night.
    Pats fans will be in hiding once again like after the Bills & Seahawks losses.

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:Steelers 30 Patriots 17Patriots finally have to face a real QB.

    broncosgreatestfan says:
    NE is going to lose. And America will rejoice.

    holeinone09 says:
    Why even play the game? History is certainly on the Pats side.

    It sure will be fun when the Steelers win tomorrow.

    Go look up “Hidden Vigorish”. That’s why.

    BRADY OWNS THE STEELERS!!!!

    7 SB sorry CRYBABIES YOU HAVE NOTHING…

  18. By the way, let’s not forget that prior to being injured, Bell was pretty much neutralized by the Patriots, with the score of 10-zip!

  19. I live in the heart of Who Dat country and am die hard Cardinals fan and I hope that the Falcons beat the Patriots by 40…

  20. Lets hope the Super Bowl makes up for one of the WORST MFL Playoff tournaments ever…. one good game the entire postseason…blehhhh..

  21. Well done Gantt.

    Congrats on a good season Steelers, just wasn’t your day.

    And congrats patriots, it’s amazing to watch this run stretching 15+years, I know it will eventually end but it’s really special to watch.

  22. The defensive game plan that the Steelers brought into this game was horrendous. When the announcers know that Brady eats zone for breakfast, lunch and dinner – you probably shouldn’t play zone. Tomlin is overrated and outmatched.

    Pats fan here and seriously expected a harder win.

  23. I can see it now from Steeler fans” Refs were out to get us”
    Reality is you got outplayed by a better team in
    Every faze of game!!

    Go Pats!!!!

  24. The Patriots have had the easiest road to the Super Bowl I have ever seen. They have faced TWO maybe three decent QBs all season long being Ben, Wilson, and if you consider Flacco decent. The Patriots have had it too easy too long move them to the NFC with the big dogs where you actually earn your way. Dont give me that AFCE record too Patriot fans we all know the Dolphins Bills and Jets are dysfunctional franchises who we would kill for our teams to be in the same division as. This year a decent QB in Carr gets injured who the Pats likely wouldve faced and then they face the Steelers and Bell the best RB in football gets hurt. Unreal how easy they have it.

  25. Alright. Let’s hear the best excuses why the Pats are in the Super Bowl. Truthfactory has some weird body of work excuse. Not going to cut it though. Start embarrassing yourselves, let’s hear it!

  26. Truthfactory

    Buuuut Pats are now 10-1 this year vs top 12 D, and 6-1 against top 10.

    Matt Ryan played HALF of his regular season against pass D’s ranked 22nd or worse. Brady never played against one worse than 21st.

  27. “but you can’t deny that this was by far the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.”

    Take it up with the NFL schedule makers, Sparky. Or the 15
    + franchises that fail to field a competent quarterback…

  28. How much will you Patriots bet against the Patriots two weeks from tonight?

    I know you didn’t lose anything despite the Pats winnin by 19 because writing posts is cheap.

  29. truthfactory says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:45 PM
    “Top 15 QB’s” Falcons has had to play this year to get to SB:

    Derek Car- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Russel Wilson- L
    Phillip Rivers- L
    Aaron Rodgers- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Russel Wilson- W
    Aaron Rodgers- W

    (note: I’m not even counting James Winston two times or Alex Smith which may be in that grey area)

    “Top 15 QB’s” Patriots had to play this year to make it to the SB:

    Russel Wilson- L
    Ben Rothlesburger- W

    I think the Pats are still a great team and chances are they would have won a lot of games against other top tiered QB’s… but you can’t deny that this was by far the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.
    —–
    Keep in my mind the Patriots and Tom Brady were forced to play with properly inflated footballs this year though, so that must have been a big learning curve for the offense right?

    And does the ‘easiest’ schedule part of your argument include the league stealing a 1st round pick off the Patriots roster and suspending their starting quarterback for 1/4 of the season?

  30. At some point, is anyone going to question how Brady is playing so well at age 39? After the loss to the Chiefs in 2014, people were questioning his arm strength and today Simms said its better than ever.

  31. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:48 PM
    Falcons – 45

    Patriots – 17
    —————————————————————-
    Sure, you’ve been a virtual Nostradamus so far. Why don’t you stick to your own team, the one who watched the playoffs from the couch.

  32. Do you think Miami wishes they drafted Ryan? Or Buffalo kept Hogan? It’s almost like the Pats don’t even have to try to win the division, the other three teams just keep giving it to them.

    We’re on to Atlanta!

  33. Congrats, all non-troll Pats’ fans. Your team came to play, the Steelers came to watch the Pats play..Lol. Seriously, the Steelers came into the game with the same worn out game plan, and expected a different result. I’ll judge how many trolls there are by the number of down votes… Should be in the hundreds…

  34. Tomlin is a joke. He’s a terrible coach and doesn’t know how to make second half adjustments. Terry Bradshaw was right. Tomlin should get fired for talking shhh about the Patriots and not having his team prepared. Tomlin doesn’t know anything about x’s and o’s, he’s just a cheerleader.

  35. A-holes dumped all over Tomlin. Hey Trip, I saw you wearing a crucifix – hope you don’t talk like that in your prayers.

  36. Steelers Fan here and congratulations to the Patriots. They executed their game plan from start to finish. All credit to the GOAT – Bill Belichek . . . said it before and I’ll say it again, the man is a genius. They were the better team.

    It would be nice if the Patriot fan base would have the graciousness to just say thanks, but it’s highly doubtful.

  37. .
    I’m wondering if Roger Goodell will be enjoying the next two weeks with the never ending reminders about the hare brained scheme known as framegate.
    .

  38. In fairness, Antonio Brown probably tweeted out Tomlin’s halftime strategy session in the background of him preening in front of the camera.

    Brady’s well rested heading in – having been able to take a break for 4 games and still be the #1 seed – courtesy of Roger Goodell

    We know the Haters always think Goodell is doing the Patriots favors – watch this conspiracy theory develop over the next two weeks – that Roger has been conspiring to help the Pats win Super Bowls all along with this Framegate stuff.

    Hey – how else would you explain Brady being suspended because footballs in Gillette stadium followed the Laws of Physics?

  39. Antonio Brown…front runner
    Leveon Bell…front runner and punk it turns out
    Ben Roethlisberger…will cite injuries
    James Harrison…just played his last game

    Do the Rooneys send Tom Brady to league meetings since he owns the Steelers?

  40. Wow…Pats dismantled Steelers.
    I have respect for the Steelers, as they are a hard nosed team, but once they lost Bell, they lost a runner and a receiver.
    And the NE front was tight! Not a lot got through…and they applied enough pressure on Ben.
    Going to be a SUPER BOWL!

  41. truthfactory says:

    I think the Pats are still a great team and chances are they would have won a lot of games against other top tiered QB’s… but you can’t deny that this was by far the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.
    _________________________

    Ha ha, at least when the Pats beat Atlanta in 2 weeks you can whine all offseason that the SB Champions had “the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.” You’ll be the Cliff Clavin of your fantasy league.

  42. I could have played QB for the Patriots today and won. No pass rush, wide open Hogan just all around poor game planning and coaching on the part of the Steelers.

  43. As a proud Steelers fan, I’m once again disgusted by that performance lol.

    But nonetheless, congrats Patriots. I’m cheering for you in the Super Bowl.

  44. SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:47 PM
    Congratulations Patriots fans, nothing else to say.

    ______________

    Thank you.. A real, stand up, classy fan. It is appreciated.

    Go Pats!!

  45. The New England Patriots are on to Super Bowl 51! Brady was lethal passing tonight, receivers got open especially Edelman and Hogan, defense kept Antonio Brown in check, and Blount played lights out in the second half. I won’t make the mistake of underestimating Matt Ryan and the Falcons like I did this week looking forward to the game. Go Pats!

  46. Truthfactory, your stats are so mess up. Cam is not a top 25 QB this year. Tannehill is. Dalton is. NE faced Miami twice and Cincy once. Change your name to idon’tknowfactory.

  47. Steeler fan here… The Pats are the greatest organization in MANY years and maybe ever. Love our Steel Curtain Steeler years but this in today’s world is something special.
    I am mad and hate losing but what an organization!

  48. As expected, nothing in this little write up about how useless the Steelers D was and how almost every completion Brady made was to a wide open player. Nope, can’t state reality and need to create a narrative about how he was “clinical” as though he was facing a legit pro level defense tonight and throwing passes to guys tightly covered. I laugh at anyone who didn’t watch this game, sees his stats and figured he must have been amazing.

    I laugh even more at people who did see the game but want to act like what Brady did was amazing…these people must also be those types of people who watch CNN and believe the garbage they’re being fed.

    Not a shot at Tom but just stating reality. ANY pro quality QB would have been able to have a big game against a defense like that which left receivers so wide open throughout. It was like playing Madden football on rookie. If you want to praise someone then praise the coaching staff for creating a gameplan a that made the Steelers D look like it was a high school defense.

    Funny how the writer here for the Falcons win mentioned the junky GB defense but nope, can’t ever do that when Brady has a big game against the same type of garbage D.

    Here’s hoping the Falcons actually put up a challenge and make Brady earn his soon to be 5th ring. I have no doubt the Pats will win since they’re clearly in a class by themselves this season but am hoping it is at least an enjoyable game unlike the two garbage games today and these playoffs as a whole.

    10 games, 8 blowouts, 1 borefest and 1 good game that was really more like one good quarter has made up the playoffs of the supposed top teams in the league.

    Worst. Playoffs. Ever.

  49. So excited about the Future of the Tennessee Titans….. 5th and 18th pick in the first round… Marcus Mariotta, Derrick Henry, Jack Conklin… The dynasty is coming!

  50. Dallas fans said their team was going to the Super Bowl. However I don’t see them listed on the SB schedule. Must be something wrong with my television. Hmmm…..

  51. plum54 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:51 PM
    Goodell can’t hide from the Patriots now!!!
    One for the thumb!!
    _________________________________

    Yeah! I’m excited too!

  52. As a neutral third party I want to pump the brakes on the “can’t wait to see Goodell give the Lombardi to Brady talk.” Not because it is a bad goal, but just for a thought I had.

    Goodell is an ******. He deliberately targeted the Patriots, and actively sabotaged them. He knows that there is nothing Kraft, the Patriots, and a decent percentage of the US population(including myself) want nothing more than to see him hand the Lombardi to Brady.

    So, given his history, the fact the he is a total tool, and the fact that he wants to face the music no more than anyone else ever does, what is to stop him from just assigning an officiating crew to the SB with explicit instructions to do do absolutely everything possible to prevent the Patriots from winning?

    It would be exactly the sort of thing I expect from him. Which is sad.

  53. terripet says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:59 PM
    Falcons 38 pats 23
    _________________________

    You’ve been wrong all year. One last chance, right?

  54. Hey Florio
    Maybe you can write some biased stories about your Pisspuke
    Hockey Team!
    Enjoy your off season 😀

  55. Conratulations to Pittsburgh. Respect to all teams that make to to the conference championship. That means you are one of the 4 best teams in the league and have nothing to be ashamed of.

    Go Pats.

  56. truthfactory says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:45 PM
    “Top 15 QB’s” Falcons has had to play this year to get to SB:

    Derek Car- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Russel Wilson- L
    Phillip Rivers- L
    Aaron Rodgers- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Russel Wilson- W
    Aaron Rodgers- W

    (note: I’m not even counting James Winston two times or Alex Smith which may be in that grey area)

    “Top 15 QB’s” Patriots had to play this year to make it to the SB:

    Russel Wilson- L
    Ben Rothlesburger- W

    I think the Pats are still a great team and chances are they would have won a lot of games against other top tiered QB’s… but you can’t deny that this was by far the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.

    34 155

    Please…….

    friggin kiss em and move on

  57. lp0320 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:00 PM
    Steelers Fan here and congratulations to the Patriots. They executed their game plan from start to finish. All credit to the GOAT – Bill Belichek . . . said it before and I’ll say it again, the man is a genius. They were the better team.

    It would be nice if the Patriot fan base would have the graciousness to just say thanks, but it’s highly doubtful.
    ==================================
    I think graciousness will take a rest until after the Super Bowl. Every other team, Goodell, and the owners road trumped up charges and were all high fiving each other when the Brady suspension was upheld.

  58. davidceltic says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:49 PM
    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    Since the end of the first half of the game in question: Brady 78 Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions; two AFC Championship WINS; Super Bowl WIN; helped his team win enough games to play in the 2016 AFC Championship game, plus 16 wins this year and another trip to this year’s Super Bowl.

    DEFLATEGATE FACTS:
    During 19 January, 2015 (day after AFC Championship Game), an official letter sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    That statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated. Who from the NFL office directed to stop testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs???

    2. FACT: The NFL has finally admitted that they DID NOT know anything about the Ideal Gas Law (IGL). That admission is incredible!

    3. FACT: Brady was found guilty by the NFL office based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report).

    4. What would you do if someone in your family was accused and deemed guilty based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report)? Could you accept that???

    5. Why wouldn’t Brady turn his cell phone in? …… Would you provide your cell phone to folks that you know are not truthful (19 Jan. letter)???

    6. FACT: NFL announces creation of PSI rules shortly before leaking story that Brady “destroys” phone. Thus, the public quickly forgets the NFL admits they had no PSI rules or knowledge of the Ideal Gas Law.

    7. This is AMERICA and King Roger and Troy Vincent are NOT bigger than our great Country! The Missouri Supreme Court, in a separate case, stated in May, 2015: …. “the terms of the contract designating the NFL commissioner, an employee of the team owners, as the sole arbitrator with unfettered discretion to establish the rules for arbitration are unconscionable and, therefore, unenforceable”.

    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.
    ————————————————————-
    Clearly this was a case of the NFL using “alternate facts”

  59. terripet says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:59 PM
    Falcons 38 pats 23
    ====================

    Thank you! Your success rate being what it is we would have been horrified if you picked New England.
    Winter isn’t coming little pet, Winter is here.

  60. Did a single Steeler make a play on a ball the entire night? Even once? I can’t think of any. They got no pass interference calls because they were never close to a WR when they caught the ball.

  61. imodan says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:57 PM
    orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:48 PM
    Falcons – 45

    Patriots – 17
    —————————————————————-
    Sure, you’ve been a virtual Nostradamus so far. Why don’t you stick to your own team, the one who watched the playoffs from the couch

    ****

    The only prediction I made was that the Patriots would cheat. See: alarm, fire. That’s 1/1.
    Matty Ice is gonna look really good accepting the Lombardi from Goodell.

  62. Tough break to lose Bell but A) He was mostly ineffective prior to the injury and B) Pats didn’t have Gronk, so it’s a wash anyways.

  63. Atlanta looks hungry. Pat’s once again get lucky not having to face Bell in this game.

    Pat’s had the softest test of a decent team in the NFL this year. Faced Wilson, and lost, and now beat an injured Steelers team without half of their offensive weaponry. Better to be lucky than good.

    OTOH, Atlanta is faster, and healthy. Good luck covering all of those passing weapons Belachek. Especially Julio Jones, who gets 2 weeks to rest his injured toe.

    Can’t wait to see NE lose their 4th straight SB. The last SB was gifted to them. We all saw the game NE fans…get over yourselves. 4 SB wins by 13 points, not a single blowout says weak and lucky.

  64. lp0320 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:00 PM
    Steelers Fan here and congratulations to the Patriots. They executed their game plan from start to finish. All credit to the GOAT – Bill Belichek . . . said it before and I’ll say it again, the man is a genius. They were the better team.

    It would be nice if the Patriot fan base would have the graciousness to just say thanks, but it’s highly doubtful.

    ——————–

    Oh, we certainly do say thanks to anyone that want to approach us classy.

    But you cant blame us for wanting to toy with the trolls. Troll poking is a seriously fun sport because they make the funniest noises when you do.

  65. Is it just me or does anyone else feel Le’Veon Bell tapped out of this one? Reminds me of a certain HOF running back for the Chargers.

  66. curtj5 says:

    Jan 22, 2017 10:10 PM
    I hope the Falcons shut up all of these whiney Patriots fans.
    ______________________________________

    Cried the Troll from the Loser’s Circle!

    Run along now…

  67. steelpenguin6687 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:58 PM
    Congrats, all non-troll Pats’ fans. Your team came to play, the Steelers came to watch the Pats play..Lol. Seriously, the Steelers came into the game with the same worn out game plan, and expected a different result. I’ll judge how many trolls there are by the number of down votes… Should be in the hundreds…
    _________________________________________
    From a lifelong Pats fan, thank you for the classy post. The Steelers are a great organization, and we will definitely be seeing you in the post season next year. If people downvote what you said, they don’t represent the vast majority of Pats fans. Thanks again, and congrats on a great season.

  68. Relieved and jubilant.

    A lot of credit to a Steeler team that was left for dead after they lost 4 in row! Message to the rest of the AFC, you could learn a lot from Steeler toughness.

    Go Patriots!

  69. The Pats fans should have made a sign and hung it up in front of the Steelers bench to show Tomlin during the game:

    “Hey Tomlin, How’s that ass doing about now??” LOL.

  70. I have no dog in this fight, but wow, how many non calls did the Pats get???? Not saying that was the game, Steelers defense looked like pop warner kids from a private school, I have never seen worse tackling, but still–the zebras gave the Pats every single break possible. Oh well, its karma, the Steelers were HANDED a SB by the refs when they played the Hawks. Just hate it. Only one decent game the entire playoffs, and my Cowboys lost it. Dammit. Hope the SB is a good game and the zebras have zero influence on the game.

  71. 6ball says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:00 PM
    .
    I’m wondering if Roger Goodell will be enjoying the next two weeks with the never ending reminders about the hare brained scheme known as framegate.

    it would be great if any reporters had the guts to ask him some tough questions that’s for sure

  72. bleck5 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:58 PM

    Steelers are Patriots lap dog. As it always has been.

    So much for facing a “real qb” lol.
    ——-
    1-1 on facing “real QB’s” over an 18 game period.

    What team doesn’t want that schedule. And yet patsies are all over themselves for getting a free pass to the SB. Can’t wait to see Julio running roughshod over NE in the SB.

  73. curtj5 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:10 PM
    I hope the Falcons shut up all of these whiney Patriots fans.

    ——-

    Well we know one thing for sure…..your team won’t.

  74. Who knew that the PIT fans on PFT are tougher than their team. At least some of the fans showed up. Their team not so much. There’s always next year.

  75. Through the entire Brady/Belichick era, nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than beating the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game to go to the Super Bowl. One more. Let’s goooo!!!!!

  76. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:21 PM
    imodan says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:57 PM
    orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:48 PM
    Falcons – 45

    Patriots – 17
    —————————————————————-
    Sure, you’ve been a virtual Nostradamus so far. Why don’t you stick to your own team, the one who watched the playoffs from the couch

    ****

    The only prediction I made was that the Patriots would cheat. See: alarm, fire. That’s 1/1.
    Matty Ice is gonna look really good accepting the Lombardi from Goodell.
    —————————————————————
    I’m starting to think the “alternate facts” thing is an epidemic. Get back to us when you re-enter the realm of reality.

  77. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    ——————————–
    Jan 22, 2017 10:03 PM
    I could have played QB for the Patriots today and won. No pass rush, wide open Hogan just all around poor game planning and coaching on the part of the Steelers.
    _________________________________________
    To ALL:

    This guys is NOT a Pat’s fan. He is a troll. Steelers ended the season as one of the 4 best teams in the league. From a REAL Pats fan, congrats to the Steelers and their fans. Class organization.

  78. nynbkfarsuperiorx says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:52 PM
    The Patriots have had the easiest road to the Super Bowl I have ever seen. They have faced TWO maybe three decent QBs all season long being Ben, Wilson, and if you consider Flacco decent. The Patriots have had it too easy too long move them to the NFC with the big dogs where you actually earn your way. Dont give me that AFCE record too Patriot fans we all know the Dolphins Bills and Jets are dysfunctional franchises who we would kill for our teams to be in the same division as. This year a decent QB in Carr gets injured who the Pats likely wouldve faced and then they face the Steelers and Bell the best RB in football gets hurt. Unreal how easy they have it.

    Again with this LAME argument

    The Chiefs would have had the #1 spot and played the Texans and hosted the AFCCG but they LOST AT HOME to the Bucs
    and Titans, don’t make excuses because NE beat the teams they should beat.

    That’s the difference between really good teams and good teams

  79. skawh says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:23 PM
    Atlanta looks hungry. Pat’s once again get lucky not having to face Bell in this game.

    Pat’s had the softest test of a decent team in the NFL this year. Faced Wilson, and lost, and now beat an injured Steelers team without half of their offensive weaponry. Better to be lucky than good.

    OTOH, Atlanta is faster, and healthy. Good luck covering all of those passing weapons Belachek. Especially Julio Jones, who gets 2 weeks to rest his injured toe.

    Can’t wait to see NE lose their 4th straight SB. The last SB was gifted to them. We all saw the game NE fans…get over yourselves. 4 SB wins by 13 points, not a single blowout says weak and lucky.
    ——
    One day you’re gonna wake up and wonder why you waisted so many hours of your life writing comments on an internet blog site, for a team you don’t even root for. Kind of sad man. There is a lot more in life and I hope you find it. Just enjoy the sport more, cheer on the players and your team.

    The patriots and Tom Brady are good at football, Thats it, does it really affect your life in such a negative way?

  80. skawh says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:35 PM
    bleck5 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:58 PM

    Steelers are Patriots lap dog. As it always has been.

    So much for facing a “real qb” lol.
    ——-
    1-1 on facing “real QB’s” over an 18 game period.

    What team doesn’t want that schedule. And yet patsies are all over themselves for getting a free pass to the SB. Can’t wait to see Julio running roughshod over NE in the SB.

    ———

    You still butt-hurt bro?

  81. Report comment
    skawh says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:35 PM
    bleck5 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:58 PM

    Steelers are Patriots lap dog. As it always has been.

    So much for facing a “real qb” lol.
    ——-
    1-1 on facing “real QB’s” over an 18 game period.

    What team doesn’t want that schedule. And yet patsies are all over themselves for getting a free pass to the SB. Can’t wait to see Julio running roughshod over NE in the SB.

    It’s lame now guy

    Sorry your Seahawks are a 1 year dynasty

  82. Bell missed practice, then got hurt, and missed the game;

    gotta keep your body in a regular rhythm, and routine, or things have a way of sneaking up on you.

    pittsburgh really has to think about franchising bell two years in a row, and then maybe letting him walk, if he can’t live a healthier lifestyle.

  83. sabatimus says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:00 PM

    You think Goodell will actually show up?
    ____________________________________

    There is a nasty stomach bug going around…

  84. Flash1287 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:40 PM
    Report comment
    skawh says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:35 PM
    bleck5 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:58 PM

    Steelers are Patriots lap dog. As it always has been.

    So much for facing a “real qb” lol.
    ——-
    1-1 on facing “real QB’s” over an 18 game period.

    What team doesn’t want that schedule. And yet patsies are all over themselves for getting a free pass to the SB. Can’t wait to see Julio running roughshod over NE in the SB.

    It’s lame now guy

    Sorry your Seahawks are a 1 year dynasty

    ———

    I know….because he thinks playing the Rams twice, the 9ers twice and a weary Rams team twice is a tough schedule!

  85. Thanks to the non-troll steelers fans that showed up here to congratulate the Pat’s.

    Although I had a few trolling moments during the season (you know wristband wisecracks and stuff like that) I gave it up to try to talk some football. That did not work well so I gave up commenting for several days, until this post.

    I actually like conversing with steelers fans because they are knowledgeable. Well most of you.

  86. Atlanta looked hot today. But it’s hard to say exactly HOW hot because Green Bay did their (becoming almost traditional) post-season implode. But with that said- I’m going Atlanta for the ‘Bowl.

  87. nyctraffic says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:47 PM

    This ain’t your daddy’s Atlanta Falcons. Gonna be a tough game for the Patriots. If you don’t believe in the Brotherhood now, you boys soon will. Julio’s stardust gonna cover the spread, no matter what it is.

    ——————-

    Belichick will do what he always does—he’ll game-plan to neutralize Atlanta’s #1 threat (Jones), while Brady carves up the league’s 28th-ranked pass defense for 300-plus yards and a bunch of TDs. Quinn & the Falcons will get their scores, but they’ll be too stunned by the bright lights of NRG Stadium to know what hit them.

    Can’t wait to see the look on Goodell’s face when he hands over the Lombardi to Bob Kraft. The revenge tour is nearly in the books.

    Pats 34-24.

  88. Falcons have an insane amount of offensive weapons and have done a great job of finding the open spots in whatever defense is thrown at them so I give them a chance..
    But the Pats have Brady and he’s the G.O.A.T…
    Not a Pats fan but they deserve their props.
    He’s made millions for cast off receivers that couldn’t make elsewhere and flourished with him.. Impressive to say the least.

  89. I’m just so happy for the rejects that BB gathered to play for the Patriots. I can’t imagine how they feel going to the SB. The Patriots is the Disneyland of the NFL,a place where dreams come true. How many elite players ended their careers without going to the SB?
    Really, look at the Patriots roster. They don’t even have Gronk.
    The SB will be fun. Brady and Ryan will be fun to watch. We’re on to Houston.
    And haters… Don’t ask the Falcons to do the job of your teams defeating the Patriots. It really is just sad.

  90. .
    @squawh

    Spending countless hours on a daily basis trying to replay a game from several years ago is moronic. Big deal, New England beat Seattle in some ancient contest. Whether the Patriots win or lose the Super Bowl, their fans will be “on to free agency and the draft” five minutes after it’s over.

    You live in Washington state. Light(en) up!
    .

  91. For the Pats fans who are looking for excuses from the Steelers, they should listen to the interviews after the game:

    Tomlin – they were the better team, we didn’t execute
    Roethlisberger – we didn’t execute and they did
    Harrison – we didn’t execute and they played better

    no excuses, no whining, no crying . . . that’s what class is. And by the way, it was very nice not to have the games decided by the referees for a change.

  92. fatsolio says:

    “…these people must also be those types of people who watch CNN and believe the garbage they’re being fed….”

    —————————————————————-

    Let me guess, you watch Fox “News” and believe the garbage that you’re being fed.

  93. Ralphie says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:03 PM

    Ha ha, at least when the Pats beat Atlanta in 2 weeks you can whine all offseason that the SB Champions had “the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.” You’ll be the Cliff Clavin of your fantasy league.

    ________________

    Ralphie, you are too funny! :D:D:D:D

  94. So the other 49 states are “Lifelong Falcons fans” now ?
    ================================

    It’s the New England Patriots; you know that New England is made up of more than 1 state, right?

  95. The Patriots proved the Steelers aren’t ready for the “Big Dance” yet. It was pretty pathetic from the Steelers side of the ball. Things to do in the offseason Find a replacement for James Harrison as he isn’t getting any younger. Find a tight end that can catch. Find some more receivers that can catch. Find some secondary help that looked lost at times today. In a couple of years, who knows. GO STEELERS!

  96. I think what the Patriots have accomplished over the last, what 15 years, is amazing. Given they have done it within the salary cap era they have to be the NFLs greatest dynasty.

    -Cowboys fan

  97. youknowiknowitall says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:49 PM
    Wilson is still the only good QB NE has played so far this year.

    ————————————
    Doesn’t matter now, Whiner. Patriots are going to the Super Bowl. And you can go back to your quarterback ratings. Have fun……

  98. “Pat’s once again get lucky not having to face Bell in this game.”

    Who is “Pat?” Do you mean “Pats”, because you have an extra apostrophe in there, Sluggo. And they did face Bell before he was pulled. He was largely ineffective. I think you mean “Steelers got lucky not having to face Gronk this game,”

    “Pat’s had the softest test of a decent team in the NFL this year.”

    Keep plucking that chicken. And misusing that apostrophe.

    “Can’t wait to see NE lose their 4th straight SB. The last SB was gifted to them.”

    Well, which is it? Was it a loss or was it gifted to them? Because it can’t be both and it sure looks like a “W” in the official record books.

    “We all saw the game NE fans…get over yourselves”

    Do you mean SB 49? Because we are over it. Onto the next one as a matter of fact.

    “4 SB wins…”

    Wait, I’m confused, Didn’t you just say SB 49 was a loss? Or gifted? Or something?

    “by 13 points, not a single blowout says weak and lucky.”

    You’re right. A single SB blowout win against a crippled Peyton Manning is sooooo much better.

    Enjoy your one-year dynasty and the view from the couch ,,,

  99. A tip of the cap to PIT for keeping it clean while getting steamrolled like that. The punks in SEA would have been looking for any/all cheapshot opportunities there at the end.

  100. To address the elephant in the room. Did the guy who pulled the fire alarm get an honorable mention during the Lamar Hunt trophy presentation? Steelers clearly looked unusually fatigued. Must hand it to the Cheaties, that was creative. I’m guessing Ernie Adams was behind it.

  101. Born and raised in Pittsburgh.The Steelers organization is a fine one. The front office has done a great job in drafting and developing talent.
    Shazier, Dupree are future stars and the WR ‘s have been draft day steals. I also believe Big Ben played great, he has moved to the top of
    QB’s in the NFL
    That being said ….the Patriots are the best coached team I have ever
    seen. Bill Belichick is clearly the best coach of all time. His work
    ethic is unparalleled. His ability is only exceeded by his incredible
    work ethic. Parcells, Cowher and Grudin have been top coaches in the
    NFL. They will testify how the grind is brutal. They will tell,you how
    despite the temptation to coach and to be back in the middle
    of attention ….they reallly cannot go back. It is a brutal, stressful job.
    Despite the brutal, stressful life, Belichick continues to grind day in and day out. Perhaps it has been costly on his family. Perhaps he gave
    up a lot but he just continues to out coach all.
    To those who believe his success is based on luck, cheating or whatever
    you need to wake up and realize he is the greatest coach in the history
    of the NFL.
    I am a Steeler fan and it is painful. Big Ben played a great game and the Steelers played welled. But if you want to beat the Patriots you
    cannot make any mistakes. That is the essence of great coaching.

  102. The SB is a giant show, a distraction; it’s nice to win it, sure, but this is the real title. The AFC and the NFC Championship games are the best the sport has.

  103. Lol bronco fans should be more worried about Elway’s questionable head coach choice instead of worrying about the Pats “cheating.”

    You will be sitting on the couch for the postseason for a LONG time.

  104. Don’t like the Patriots. Really Boston fans in all their sports ( they win,that’s why) but I am a big fan of Tom Brady and Bill. As sports fans we are watching the greatest QB to ever play football and the very best coach in the history of football. Witnessing greatness is pure joy for fans no matter what team you root for,because that is all fans really want to see…the best.

    Jordan,Gretzky, Pele, Babe, Phelps, Brady…just better than the others.

  105. It was good to see professional respect among Pats and Steelers… many players gave props, smiled… were classy.

    Doesn’t mean you can’t play tough..
    Steelers: would have been fun to have gone full strength: you get Bell, we get Gronk. ok?

    Round 2 would sell a bunch of tickets

  106. As an amateur history buff i realize sports are not life or death important in the historical perspective. as a giants fan i`ve seen the giants beat the pats in 2 thrilling games which they could have very easily lost. as a nfl fan i look forward to the SB because the falcons look legit. however with the coming game my historical side wins out. i freaking hate the pats but we fans are witnessing absolute greatness in regard to tom brady. hate his guts ?…yes. do i want to witness history ?…yes. go pats.

  107. Tom Brady is truly the greatest of all time.

    Years from now, Roger Goddell will be a forgotten footnote and Brady will stand as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game.

    Roger, you are a petty, smug, little pud of man.

    Marky Mark was onto something in Ted 2 – Tom’s DNA is priceless!

    Roger should have been flushed.

  108. youknowiknowitall says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:49 PM

    Wilson is still the only good QB NE has played so far this year.
    – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Will he be watching the Super Bowl from his couch in a couple weeks or having a pity-party?

  109. Congrats to the Patriots.
    But again, what a boring day for football.
    About as boring as NFC/AFC Championship games go.
    Today was about as bad as a day could go for the NFL.
    That said…look for NE to be the slight favorite but Atlanta to win their first SB.

  110. All I know is, I want whatever Bob Kraft was drinking before the Brian Williams post-game interview. Not casting shade. If anyone deserves to celebrate it’s the Kraft family, after the way Goodell and the league dumped on them. Karmic justice I say. Thanks for everything, Bob. Enjoy!!

  111. mullman76 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 11:22 PM
    patsy fans showing once again why they are the worst fans in all of professional sports.

    No class, only arrogance and delusion.

    Keep it up, kooks.

    ——————————–

    Jealousy is not an admirable trait.

  112. Something tells me Tom Brady is just itching to have Goodell hand him another trophy. It’s probably all he’s dreamed about for the last two years. I expect he’ll go all h.a.m. in the SB.

  113. maverick2560 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 11:42 PM

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh.The Steelers organization is a fine one. The front office has done a great job in drafting and developing talent.
    Shazier, Dupree are future stars and the WR ‘s have been draft day steals. I also believe Big Ben played great, he has moved to the top of
    QB’s in the NFL
    That being said ….the Patriots are the best coached team I have ever
    seen. Bill Belichick is clearly the best coach of all time. His work
    ethic is unparalleled. His ability is only exceeded by his incredible
    work ethic. Parcells, Cowher and Grudin have been top coaches in the
    NFL. They will testify how the grind is brutal. They will tell,you how
    despite the temptation to coach and to be back in the middle
    of attention ….they reallly cannot go back. It is a brutal, stressful job.
    Despite the brutal, stressful life, Belichick continues to grind day in and day out. Perhaps it has been costly on his family. Perhaps he gave
    up a lot but he just continues to out coach all.
    To those who believe his success is based on luck, cheating or whatever
    you need to wake up and realize he is the greatest coach in the history
    of the NFL.
    I am a Steeler fan and it is painful. Big Ben played a great game and the Steelers played welled. But if you want to beat the Patriots you
    cannot make any mistakes. That is the essence of great coaching.
    ********************************************

    Sometimes I wonder if it is just a case of “rocks, scissors, paper”
    Steelers are rock, Patriots are paper, Giants are scissors….

  114. sixpackgroin says:
    Jan 22, 2017 11:19 PM
    If Brady is the GOAT, how can he be tied with Montana who also has 4 rings yet no SB loses??
    ——————————————————

    Uh, maybe because unlike Brady, he isn’t the GOAT. Maybe because unlike Brady, he lost playoff games in all five of the other NFC series he had qualified to play in, and unlike Brady he never won any of those other Conference Championships and never made it to the Superbowl? You have to make it to the big game first in order to have an opportunity to lose it.

  115. ‘If Brady is the GOAT, how can he be tied with Montana who also has 4 rings yet no SB loses??”

    Because losing in the Super Bowl is better than losing before the Super Bowl?

    Right?

  116. Roger Goodell showed a lot of class when he handed over the AFC championship trophy to the Pats. Sure the fans booed him, but he stood up for himself and the tough decisions he made.

    Wait – he wasn’t in Foxboro? And he hasn’t gone to Foxboro in 2 years? And nobody on his staff would go to Foxboro to hand over the trophy, so they gave the job to Tedy Bruschi instead?

    What a gaggle of cowards! Maybe Goodell knows that he’s a liar and thus knows that he’ll never be forgiven for the biggest smear job in the history of American sports.

  117. People complaining about the Pats’ schedule should look at who the Falcons played, and who they lost to.

    Falcons were lucky to play two teams that both had defenses decimated by injuries.

  118. Is it me or did Bob Kraft look like he was trashed? He was either wasted or doing a great Jim Irsay impression.

  119. Can we stop all the talk about Wilson being the only good QB that the Pats have faced this year?

    Without Marshawn Lynch Wilson is only slightly above average.

    92.6 passer rating might have been good in 2000, but not now.

    Welcome to the salary cap era, Seahawk fans.

  120. Hawkstradamus. Have you learned anything? You just saw what happened to those big talk trolls from the Burgh, the Patriots may win or lose but they are going to compete hard without making any excuses, so just wait and hope. So you don’t have to hide later also.

  121. Wow. Just – wow. Nothing but respect from this very long time Bears fan. I remember the NE team that was dismantled by the Bears in ’86, and the NE teams that followed were just horrific. I did not think 30 years later I would be mentioning them with the ’70’s Steelers, ’80’s Niners and 90’s Cowboys.

    Just mad respect for that team. Congrats again NE. And again. And again.

  122. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 22, 2017 11:01 PM

    Lol Pats homers bragging about beating mediocre teams all year.
    ______________________________________

    Lol. Trolls whining from the Loser’s Circle.

    Kiss The Rings!

  123. midnightcusk says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:07 PM

    I don’t want goodell handing Kraft the trophy. I want Kraft telling him to place it at his feet.

    ——————

    Personally, I’d like it if they just left Roger standing there holding the trophy and went back to the locker room. Leave that phony looking stupid with no one to blame but himself.

    Of course Kraft could always tell him to shove the trophy up his…

    But… getting ahead of things a bit. One more game to play.

  124. It’s funny how many people complain about the Patriots having it so easy in the AFC. If the AFC is so lousy then why has the AFC won 9 of the last 15 superbowls? By the comments on here you would think the NFC would have won the last 10 superbowls.

  125. donbat67 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:43 PM
    So the other 49 states are “Lifelong Falcons fans” now ?
    ———————————————

    49 + 6 = 55 States…Were those three years you spent in the fifth grade the best time of your life?…..cheeeesh!

  126. The Patriots are in another Super Bowl and Lady GaGa is performing……
    I think I’ll watch CSPAN instead

    Aside from the tedium …x2
    Me thinks , you are remarking about the Patriots and the Super Bowl , again .

    Sigh .

  127. truthfactory says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:45 PM
    “Top 15 QB’s” Falcons has had to play this year to get to SB:

    Derek Car- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Russel Wilson- L
    Phillip Rivers- L
    Aaron Rodgers- W
    Cam Newton- W
    Drew Brees- W
    Russel Wilson- W
    Aaron Rodgers- W

    (note: I’m not even counting James Winston two times or Alex Smith which may be in that grey area)

    “Top 15 QB’s” Patriots had to play this year to make it to the SB:

    Russel Wilson- L
    Ben Rothlesburger- W

    I think the Pats are still a great team and chances are they would have won a lot of games against other top tiered QB’s… but you can’t deny that this was by far the easiest road to the Super Bowl in NFL history.
    ==============================
    How many top 15 defenses have the Falcons faced this year? Answer: 5 (3-2).

    How many top 15 defenses have the Patriots faced this year? Answer: 9 (8-1).

    You were saying?

  128. nynbkfarsuperiorx says:
    Jan 22, 2017 9:52 PM
    The Patriots have had the easiest road to the Super Bowl I have ever seen. They have faced TWO maybe three decent QBs all season long being Ben, Wilson, and if you consider Flacco decent. The Patriots have had it too easy too long move them to the NFC with the big dogs where you actually earn your way. Dont give me that AFCE record too Patriot fans we all know the Dolphins Bills and Jets are dysfunctional franchises who we would kill for our teams to be in the same division as. This year a decent QB in Carr gets injured who the Pats likely wouldve faced and then they face the Steelers and Bell the best RB in football gets hurt. Unreal how easy they have it.
    ==========================
    How many top 15 defenses have the Falcons faced this year? Answer: 5 (3-2).

    How many top 15 defenses have the Patriots faced this year? Answer: 9 (8-1).

    You were saying?

  129. bartpkelly says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:05 PM
    Roger Goodell kept Tom Brady off the field for the first four games of the season…

    No, Tom Brady kept Tom Brady off the field.
    =========================
    No. And it isn’t even close now that everybody knows the truth.

  130. fatsolio says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:09 PM
    As expected, nothing in this little write up about how useless the Steelers D was and how almost every completion Brady made was to a wide open player.
    ===============================
    Somehow that same crappy defense managed to hold pedestrian QBs at bay for 9 straight wins. The Pit LB crew is one of the best in the NFL. You ran into a QB that excels at ripping apart zone coverage. Period. Give credit where credit is due.

  131. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:21 PM

    The only prediction I made was that the Patriots would cheat. See: alarm, fire. That’s 1/1.
    Matty Ice is gonna look really good accepting the Lombardi from Goodell.
    ==================
    In the interest of fairness didn’t that FB video break some type of league rule?

    You were sayin?

  132. skawh says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:23 PM

    Can’t wait to see NE lose their 4th straight SB. The last SB was gifted to them. We all saw the game NE fans…get over yourselves. 4 SB wins by 13 points, not a single blowout says weak and lucky.
    ==========================
    And yet the rings\trophies are still there. Pretty sure any fan would take a win by 1 point if it meant winning it all. Even if it meant being weak and\or lucky.

  133. richndc says:
    Jan 22, 2017 10:27 PM
    I have no dog in this fight, but wow, how many non calls did the Pats get???? Not saying that was the game, Steelers defense looked like pop warner kids from a private school, I have never seen worse tackling, but still–the zebras gave the Pats every single break possible. Oh well, its karma, the Steelers were HANDED a SB by the refs when they played the Hawks. Just hate it. Only one decent game the entire playoffs, and my Cowboys lost it. Dammit. Hope the SB is a good game and the zebras have zero influence on the game.
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    Sorry but there is nothing worse than having a game decided by the zebras. IMO, both teams benefited from a ton of non-calls. Exactly how playoff football should be.

  134. mullman76 says:
    Jan 22, 2017 11:22 PM
    patsy fans showing once again why they are the worst fans in all of professional sports.

    No class, only arrogance and delusion.

    Keep it up, kooks.
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    Coming to this forum might not be the best approach to finding classy fans in general. Singling out fans from one team among many (equally “classy”) certainly isn’t going to increase the odds.

  135. smellthechair says:
    Jan 22, 2017 11:33 PM
    To address the elephant in the room. Did the guy who pulled the fire alarm get an honorable mention during the Lamar Hunt trophy presentation? Steelers clearly looked unusually fatigued. Must hand it to the Cheaties, that was creative. I’m guessing Ernie Adams was behind it.
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    Wasn’t it 14 hours before game time? It’s almost like something is around to help with lack of sleep. Maybe a nap?

  136. @smellthechair – the fire alarm issue was a non issue. Tomlin was asked about it and he said: “our guys are young, it won’t impact us”. In fact, Tomlin, Roethlisberger and Harrison all said basically the same thing – we didn’t execute , and they were the better team.

    The Steelers got thumped. Ben was outstanding . . . his receivers dropped balls that should NEVER have been dropped and his defensive coordinator NEVER made the adjustments that should have been made.

    Lots of work to do in the offseason for the Steelers, but they made it to the AFC Championship game, so there you have it.

  137. Excuse me, why no love for Carson Palmer? Isn’t he considered a ‘good QB’ anymore. He was talked about as great one, last season. Rather than look at QBs, lets look at W/L records. Falcons have lost 5 games. FIVE GAMES!

  138. Hey skawh,

    it just must absolutely kill you to see all these articles all over the country on the subjects of Brady being the greatest QB of all time, and Belichick being the best head coach of all time. You’re popping valium and prozac over it, no doubt.

    Just today, I came across another one, this time in the New York Post, Mike Vacarro’s article. He analyzes how the Pats are successful year after year, and at the end of the article he says,
    “There is but one explanation for that. Their coach. The greatest of all time.”

    Its got to just absolutely kill you. LOL.

  139. Even with all the rule changes to help running QBs, a tall, pocket passer is still at the top of the heap, with the best skills and longevity.

  140. Before this season, 16 teams had scored 500 points or more in a 16 game season.
    5 of them lost before the Super Bowl.
    Another 7 lost the Super Bowl.
    4 won the Super Bowl.
    That means that only 25% of these high-flying, seemingly unstoppable teams were actually left standing at the end.
    Its a cautionary tale for Falcons’ fans who are in love with the Falcons’ offense.
    Its almost always the better balanced team that actually wins out in the end.

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