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Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)


Sun. 1/1 Sun. 1/8 Sun. 1/15 Sun. 1/22
vs. Cle
W 27-24
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vs. Mia
W 30-12
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@ KC
W 18-16
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@ NE
L 17-36
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Challenges not enough to deny Patriots 9th Super Bowl berth

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) This was supposed to be the year New England's stranglehold on the AFC could be loosened.

Yet after starting the season without their biggest star, the Patriots find themselves in a familiar place: with a chance to earn a Super Bowl title.

A week after showing flecks of vulnerability in its divisional-round win over Houston, New England put together the kind of dominant performance that has come to define the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era, earning a 36-17 AFC championship game win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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AFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Pittsburgh 1150.688
Baltimore 880.500
Cincinnati 691.406
Cleveland 1150.063
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: B. Roethlisberger3819
Pass TDs: B. Roethlisberger29
Rush Yds: L. Bell1268
Rush TDs: L. Bell7
Rec Yds: A. Brown1284
Rec TDs: A. Brown12
Int: A. Burns3
Sacks: J. Harrison5.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5962 (7)
Passing Yards: 4377 (10)
Rushing Yards: 1760 (14)
Points per game: 24.9 (11)
Yards per game: 372.6 (7)
Touchdowns: 46 (9)
Field Goals: 24 (22)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5482 (12)
Passing Yards: 4141 (19)
Rushing Yards: 1600 (13)
Points per game: 20.4 (10)
Yards per game: 342.6 (12)
Touchdowns: 35 (12)
Field Goals: 26 (15)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
1/11 D. Smith pract. squad del
1/11 G. Johnson pract. squad add
12/27 B. Brown-Dukes pract. squad add
12/27 B. Dixon pract. squad add
12/24 D. Richardson cut
12/24 J. Maxey active/prac. squad
12/24 A. Shabazz active/prac. squad
12/24 S. Thomas on IR concussion
12/21 B. Dixon pract. squad del
12/20 A. Shabazz pract. squad add
Injuries
Date Player Status
1/22 L. Green concussion (Questionable)
1/22 J. Harrison shoulder, triceps (Questionable)
1/15 A. Chickillo ankle (Out)
1/15 L. Green concussion (Doubtful)
1/15 R. Mathews ankle (Questionable)
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