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FOXBORO MA- SEPTEMBER 10 Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers speak before the game at Gillette Stadium

Despite not having met in the playoffs prior to the 1996 season, the Patriots and Steelers a storied postseason history. Kansas City led the National Football League with 18 interceptions this season - six of them came against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets, but still - including six picks from Peters on the year.

As if he hasn't relived it enough in his nightmares.

In the 2008 AFC Championship Game, the decisive blow was Troy Polamalu returning a Joe Flacco interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

Early in Saturday's game, the Texans put together a scoring drive that lasted 8:12, and then Dion Lewis returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

I, Bryan Altman, GUARANTEE, that the divisional round rematch between the Steelers and Chiefs this coming weekend will be absolutely NOTHING like the first time these two teams met back in Week 4 of the regular season.

That set up a two-point conversion, which was good when Smith found tight end Demetrius Harris in the end zone. Over the course of the season, they've progressed and gone a certain direction.

"They do a lot of things well - can run it, can throw it. He's the runner. He's the difference-maker", left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said.

Top pass rusher Justin Houston is also expected to be available after missing the first meeting while recovering from knee surgery.

Lewis stars as Patriots advance
Might this be exactly what the Patriots needed? Next week's AFC championship game will mark Belichick's 11th as Patriots coach. The Patriots (14-2) beat the Texans 27-0 in Week 3 with third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way.

In short, a spot in the AFC Championship game.

It took a nifty 20-yard sideline reception on third-and-20 by Maclin to help finally get the Chiefs back on the scoreboard. We made a lot of great plays with him. During these games, the Chiefs have outscored opposing teams by an average of more than nine points. The backdrop for the Chiefs' AFC Divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was classic January football, the kind of weather old-school football lovers could only dream of. We're excited about it. We weren't going to kick the ball out of bounds and give 'em field position at the 40.

Speaking with NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots a few weeks ago, he wasn't anxious about the Patriots against the Steelers, or the defense facing Roethlisberger, considering the Pats have always had success against him.

He'd also had what Mike Tomlin described as "a moment" with the Steelers' head coach. What do you think about this?' He comes to players and talks to them about what they're comfortable with. "You need to start fresh".

Bell had done this through Sunday evening's AFC semifinal, and by the time he chugged those 38 yards Kansas City was exhausted and befuddled. Forecasts for Sunday call for a near-100 percent chance of freezing rain that could leave the turf, re-sodded just this week, with a thick glaze. The game originally was scheduled 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

The Chiefs defense stood tall in the red zone, but the Steelers, who haven't lost since a 35-30 thriller against the Cowboys two weeks before Thanksgiving, still made plays when needed. "We don't overanalyze that". The Steelers won, 18-16, to advance to face the Patriots. We'll cover the offseason, the draft and all the way to the Super Bowl and want to cover the topics you want to hear about.

"I don't know if there's a secret", he insisted. "So for a coordinator to be able to do that, I think, speaks volumes". Even though the Steelers only managed six field goals in this victory, they controlled the tempo of the game simply by handing the ball to their Pro Bowl back continually.

"Bummed for him", Smith said.

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