The Patriots came out for the game on fire, with Tom Brady hitting everyone, receiver Chris Hogan having a career day and the defense slowing down the Steelers' unsafe offense.
Hogan had a total of nine catches, 180 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers Sunday night.
"It'll be something that definitely I'll remember for the rest of my career and probably the rest of my life", Hogan said.
"We've got the best fans in the entire world".
Hogan did more than that.
Ryan and Brady are favorites to win the league's Most Valuable Player Award that will be announced February 4, the day before the Super Bowl. "They kind of bit down on Julian [Edelman] pretty hard, and then Hogs just was standing there in the back of the end zone".
Guard David DeCastro said the Patriots altered defenses once Bell left the game, preferring to defend the pass more than the run with DeAngelo Williams. Blount isn't as elusive as Bell, which makes him easier to contain.
Tom Brady will extend his NFL record for Super Bowl starts by a quarterback to seven, and he'll have a chance to set the league record for victories by a quarterback if the Patriots win. Instead, wide receiver Eli Rogers fumbled on the very first play of their ensuing drive, gifting the Pats great field position from which they'd score another touchdown to kill the contest. "How could I forget that?"
"I obviously followed him because we saw a lot of (Buffalo's) games", Brady said.
"They are the champions of the AFC and rightfully so". Those were well-executed plays. This is just an insane statistic, especially when you consider he's been playing for so long.
At that point Hogan already had racked up a career day.
Hogan caught 38 passes for 680 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, and had four catches for 95 yards last week against Houston.
Patriots 31, Steelers 28: Truly tempted to go the other way with this one, it's that close.
Big Ben later teamed up with coach Mike Tomlin to beat Arizona for the Steelers' sixth Super Bowl championship in 2009, and they missed out on the franchise's seventh by losing to Green Bay in 2011.
Bell carried only six times for 20 yards and sat out almost all of the game.
The Steelers don't have enough depth on offense Pittsburgh has the best wide receiver/running back combination in the National Football League with Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, there's no debate there.
Brady said the change in the Steelers' defense from Week 7 is stark.