"It will be another hostile environment, going against Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game". But he, at least facetiously, said that's not the case. "What is said or what is done off the football field it really doesn't matter". In the AFC championship they intercepted him three times, returning one for a touchdown. Special teams ace Matthew Slater says he has a good relationship with Tomlin, and that isn't going to change. They have the tools on both sides of the ball to get the job done.
Roethlisberger has grown since then.
Brady and Rodgers also figure to get some votes for that accolade, which will be handed out the day before the Super Bowl in Houston on February 5.
The Steelers went on the road in Arrowhead and beat the Chiefs 18-16 with a late 2-point conversion stop.
Earlier, when a reporter mentioned to Brady that part of the media-based discussion around the AFC Championship was about the history and legacy of the Patriots, Bill Belichick and himself, wondering if it was a distraction to him, Brady said, "I don't think so. It's a challenge. I've just got to be ready".
The key to this matchup is whether or not New England can limit Roethlisberger's two offensive weapons in running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. It's obviously bigger than the two of us.
This comes after Tomlin was broadcast using a derogatory expletive to describe the Patriots during a postgame speech to his team following Pittsburgh's divisional-round win over Kansas City.
Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 124.2 in the Patriots' 27-16 victory over the Steelers on October 23 at Heinz Field. Bell had 1,268 yards rushing and 616 yards receiving in 12 games for Pittsburgh this season.
Roethlisberger said he meant to put the jersey in his office as a sign of respect with Brady, who responded on the field by saying he, too, had a lot of respect for Roethlisberger. Hometown newspaper Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has positioned the game as a battle for the ages - if those ages are a long time ago.
"I've been a huge fan of him before I got in the league", Edelman said. I wonder how many times he has to wash it.
If they Steelers are to go into Foxborough and slay the dragon, Big Ben needs his entire army at their best. The two teams also played in Pittsburgh in the regular season.