Bill Belichick on home field advantage helping: Go ask Dallas and Kansas City

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The Patriots finished with the top seed in the AFC playoffs, which assured they wouldn’t have to play games anywhere other than Gillette Stadium in order to make it to Houston for the Super Bowl.

That’s seen as significant accomplishment for teams and a boost to their chances of advancing out of the conference. Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t overly convinced about that being the case, however.

Belichick was asked at Wednesday’s press conference about how much help the team gets from playing at home and noted that two teams who were at home last weekend aren’t playing this time around.

“I don’t know,” Belichick said. “Go ask Dallas and Kansas City … the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games — the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night.”

The Patriots have played in 10 conference title games under Belichick. They are 4-1 at home and 2-3 on the road in those games, so history would say that being at home gives them a bit of a boost.

48 responses to “Bill Belichick on home field advantage helping: Go ask Dallas and Kansas City

  1. “I don’t know,” [the Oracle] said. “Go ask Dallas and Kansas City … the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games — the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night.”

    The Oracle is incapable of uttering anything but pearls of wisdom interspersed with moments of high comedy.

    We are all incredibly privileged to bear witness to his greatness.

  2. Poor Pats. They wont be playing against arguably the worst QB in the past decade like they just did against Houston. They are playing against a HOF QB with elite talent at WR and RB. Steelers are going to go all and do whatever it takes to keep this disgraceful organization from the Super Bowl… even if that includes Tomlin tripping Blount.

  3. Of course it’s an advantage, but you don’t want to say that as a coach. You want your team to feel like they have no advantages except their own hard work and preparation.

  4. The issue with stats like that, especially in the NFL, is that, in the post season, you’re playing home games against lower seeded teams, so of course they have a better record. If it was the NBA or MLB where even the higher seeded team plays as many as three away games in a series that would be one thing, but as is, idk how helpful win/loss records for at home and away are, at least in the post season.

  5. Patriots and fellow Steelers fans:

    Can we all just agree that no matter the outcome on Sunday night no one complains about cheating, refereeing, deflated footballs, idiot coaches or any of the other off-base compliments fans throw at other teams?

    These are the two best teams in the AFC, by far, and have proven so. Can we at least acknowledge that the winner deserves to represent us in the Super Bowl?

    The hate on this site has become almost unbearable and together we can make this a fun discussion leading up to the most exciting game of the year.

    Go Steelers!

  6. History also said the Steelers have never made the playoffs after 4 consecutive losses and every PRO analysis person picked KC to beat the Steelers and Dallas to win. how did that work? Patriots are ripe for the picking!

  7. Don’t forget the fact that the home team is the team with the better record. Which could mean they are a better team that year.

  8. The Patriots do not need home field advantage against the Steelers. The Patriots have a Hall of Fame quarterback that can carry the team. The Steelers have a Ham and Egg quarterback who needs to be carried by a great defense. How does a quarterback unable to score even ONE touchdown advance to the AFCCG?

    The difference between Big Ben and Brady will be very obvious on Sunday. The Steelers elite Hall of Fame franchise quarterback will struggle just to put up the 16 points that Brock Osweiler put up against the Patriots last week. Just imagine what Brady would do if he had Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown on his team. I dare say with Le’Veon Bell running for 170 yards Brady might have been able to score ONE touchdown against the Chiefs.

  9. ..and the coaches ..they win football games too.. that’s where NE’s real advantage lies

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    Being at home is better. Many of the Steelers players will be walking into Gillette Stadium for the first time. It can be a tough place to play.
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  11. The “being at home” is not what is the primary reason the Patriots got the edge. That’s confusing correlation with causation.

    The reason they’re more likely to win at home, is they’re more likely to have had a stronger and less vulnerable team in years where they’ve earned HFA.

  12. Brady or Jimmy G. or Brissette can beat the Steelers this Sunday. The Steelers secondary is not that great. They will have hard time covering the Patriots shifty receivers. They have good pass rush but not great. I don’t expect the Steelers pass rush to generate the same kind of pressure the Texans did. On the flip side, the Patriots defense is playing lights out. It is playing better than the Chiefs defense that Big Ben could not score a TD against. The Steelers have next to zero chance of winning on Sunday.

  13. citizenstrange says:
    Jan 18, 2017 2:39 PM
    The Patriots do not need home field advantage against the Steelers. The Patriots have a Hall of Fame quarterback that can carry the team. The Steelers have a Ham and Egg quarterback who needs to be carried by a great defense. How does a quarterback unable to score even ONE touchdown advance to the AFCCG?

    The difference between Big Ben and Brady will be very obvious on Sunday. The Steelers elite Hall of Fame franchise quarterback will struggle just to put up the 16 points that Brock Osweiler put up against the Patriots last week. Just imagine what Brady would do if he had Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown on his team. I dare say with Le’Veon Bell running for 170 yards Brady might have been able to score ONE touchdown against the Chiefs.

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    Hey, at least the Steelers have won a playoff game this century

  14. All media-driven drama aside this game to be a doozy. I can easily see this coming down to whoever has the ball last winning the game. As long as the Pats play with a high level of physicality and toughness both physical and mental they should be fine. The Steelers represent a massive Challenge on a number of fronts and it’s foolish to underestimate them.

  15. Patriots and fellow Steelers fans:

    Can we all just agree that no matter the outcome on Sunday night no one complains about cheating, refereeing, deflated footballs, idiot coaches or any of the other off-base compliments fans throw at other teams?

    These are the two best teams in the AFC, by far, and have proven so. Can we at least acknowledge that the winner deserves to represent us in the Super Bowl?

    The hate on this site has become almost unbearable and together we can make this a fun discussion leading up to the most exciting game of the year.

    Go Steelers!
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    I second that from the Pats side of the aisle. The two best teams the conference has to offer going at it is a great set up – all the other b.s. is just detraction/distraction.

  16. Jan 18, 2017 2:36 PM
    Patriots and fellow Steelers fans:

    Can we all just agree that no matter the outcome on Sunday night no one complains about cheating, refereeing, deflated footballs, idiot coaches or any of the other off-base compliments fans throw at other teams?

    These are the two best teams in the AFC, by far, and have proven so. Can we at least acknowledge that the winner deserves to represent us in the Super Bowl?

    The hate on this site has become almost unbearable and together we can make this a fun discussion leading up to the most exciting game of the year.

    Go Steelers!

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    Amen, my brother.

    If you ever find yourself in Boston, then post it on this site.

    I’ll buy you a beer.

  17. Actually Home Field helped Dallas and KC alot. Both managed to keep it a one score game. So it kept them from getting blown out.

  18. I love it when Belichick is asked a question he thinks is dumb. The guy is a genius when dealing with the media.

    He’s one of the greatest football minds ever, and the media wants to get him involved in bulletin board material? I don’t think so, guys. Stick to asking him about football and you’ll be handed thoughtful and insightful answers.

  19. mrreality1 says:

    Does anyone realize the Tomlin Steelers have never beaten the Belichick Patriots in a big game. Unless you count beating Matt Cassel?

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    Does anyone realize that the Pats under Belichik have never beaten the Steelers in the playoffs without having their defensive signals illegally recorded to video?

  20. @lastwordonpft

    The last two AFCCG the pats played against the steelers were IN Pittsburgh and they got blown out both times.

    The steelers have been the pats little donkey for the better part of 2 decades and all the pats have done was ride them into the ground lol!

  21. lastwordonpft says:
    Jan 18, 2017 4:01 PM
    mrreality1 says:

    Does anyone realize the Tomlin Steelers have never beaten the Belichick Patriots in a big game. Unless you count beating Matt Cassel?

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    Does anyone realize that the Pats under Belichik have never beaten the Steelers in the playoffs without having their defensive signals illegally recorded to video?

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    It is not illegal to record the signals. The issue is where you are positioned when you video said signals.

  22. As much as we would like to believe as Patriots fans that we lost two AFC title games because they were played on the road, reality sets in when you realize this. Being in Foxboro would not have prevented Jamie Collins’ brain imploding as he blew coverage and freelanced on two Owen Daniels touchdowns. Being at home may help, but players making or breaking plays is what wins and loses games. And people wonder why when after continuing to freelance this year, Collins was jettisoned……

  23. History and faulty communication for the opponents have helped the Pats win!

    And yes, Steeler Nation, every time you’ve won or gone to the super bowl in the brady era someone else beat NE for you, the Jets in 2010 and the Colts I believe the other time.

    It’s high time the Steelers went into Foxborough and did it themselves.

    Then lose to the Falcons!

  24. Belichick is almost like a machine. You can pretty much predict what he is going to say.

    The Patriots have won two AFC Championships on the road and won both of those Super Bowls too. Both road games were in Pittsburgh. You still want to play these games at home though. Belichick may say, ask Dallas and KC, but home teams are 6-2 in this year’s playoffs.

  25. One team has a rookie and the other had a QB who plays like a rookie.

    But other than that, thanks for kicking me in the beans. As if holding Pitt to FGs and scoring the only 2 TD’s of the game… Yet we still lose. Ya, tell us more about playoff losses Bill. Us and our 1 SB victory, 40 years ago, ya, we’re in the same boat.

  26. It’s not the Patriots, Kraft, Belichick, Brady, any of the players, or NE in general that other fans have distaste for. It’s insufferable NE fans. Very few have ever demonstrated any humility whatsoever

  27. Sooooo let me get this straight, in the 2nd comment above, “Ryder09” calls the Patriots a disgraceful organization….by all the presumptions of cheating I imagine you have that mindset, but then go on to say that the Steelers should do whatever it takes to keep them from the Super Bowl….by any means possible…..like CHEATING…please do not reproduce, you hypocrite.

  28. Bill, pithy and on point. We all can learn a lot from him and Brady. These guys really cut through the bs.

  29. Pat’s faced 1 legit QB all season. Untested team. TB looked horrible in last weeks game, and against Houston with no QB. How much of a pass can you get to the the SB, soft season, soft playoff competition. And yet in the minds of Pat’s homers their team is all world this year. Whatever.

  30. So the players on the field determine the outcome of the game…and not the fans or homefield advantage?

    I thought everyone knew this uncontroversial simple fact.

    Unless of course you happen to be some emotionally arrested individual who believes that his cheering has an effect on the outcome of the game, then I suppose this had to be said.

  31. It’s not the Patriots, Kraft, Belichick, Brady, any of the players, or NE in general that other fans have distaste for. It’s insufferable NE fans. Very few have ever demonstrated any humility whatsoever

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    No, I’m pretty sure I despise Kraft b/c his company knowingly uses slave child labor in the supply lines to make bigger profits.

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