Steelers' Tomlin expecting 'fireworks' in 'Part I' matchup with Patriots

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Steelers' Tomlin expecting 'fireworks' in 'Part I' matchup with Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a 31-28 win over the Green Bay Packers on primetime television, and have also won six-straight games to go along with it. Things are certainly trending upward in a big way for the 9-2 Steelers, but as we've seen so many times in the National Football League, the health of players can go a long way toward late-season and even postseason success.

"Honestly, he's the head coach", Roethlisberger said Tuesday.

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are on a collision course for a crucial Week 15 matchup, and the two teams potentially could meet a second time in the AFC Championship Game.

"For me, I am 100 percent on Cincinnati and nothing else", Roethlisberger said, per ESPN.com.

"But probably, if we're both doing what we're supposed to, the second one is really going to be a big game", Tomlin explained to Dungy. They want to ruin our playoff chances. "Like I said, they get through with everything that they do, so I know that they are going to do great, they got this".

The Steelers are now at the top of the AFC. "[The game is] going to be fireworks. We should win it all", Tomlin told Dungy. "I mean, it's not going be easy, it's not going to be as easy as it's been at home when you can communicate a lot of things, but I think you can. You guys are going to ask us about it between now and then, so I stand by the statement".

But the way Roethlisberger sees it, the Steelers are 9-2 this season because they are focused on the next opponent, not other teams down the line.

In a few weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots in one of the most anticipated AFC matchups of the season. What I see, especially from me and in the locker room, there isn't that talk. In terms of talent, in terms of having enough competition, depth, I think we check all those boxes. "If we have to huddle and just let Coach [Todd] Haley calls the plays, then we'll do that too".

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