Ever since the Patriots began their 16 year dynasty as the NFL’s elite team, each year when playoff time comes around it is essentially an unwritten requirement that analysts and talking heads must opine about which teams will pose the “biggest threats” to the Patriots in the postseason. This season, the Pittsburgh Steelers received an overwhelming majority of biggest-threat-to-Patriots declarations. The Steelers biggest threat buzz grew so much leading up to the game that, despite being 5-point underdogs on the road, 4 out of 5 of these NFL Network analysts picked the Steelers to win…
Turns out, the Steelers posed no threat as they were walloped by the Patriots 36-17 in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, clinching another New England Super Bowl appearance. Here are some of the “Steelers are the Patriots biggest threat” takes…
No doubt. RT @mlombardifoxtv: Steelers look like the real deal and as I've said all year a legitimate threat to Patriots Super Bowl chances.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) January 9, 2017
— SI Now (@SInowLIVE) January 3, 2017
— CSN New England (@CSNNE) January 1, 2017
Why the Steelers are the chief threat to the Patriots in the AFC https://t.co/VOgcbf7eFK
— Post Sports (@PostSports) December 29, 2016
NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Steelers the top threat to Patriotshttps://t.co/j63vSQp2DD
— Ian Powers (@IanPowers) December 27, 2016
— Andy Clayton (@aclayton33) December 27, 2016
— Jarrett Bell (@JarrettBell) December 26, 2016
Steelers stand strong as Patriots' only threat in AFC playoffs https://t.co/IbXa9LEQGE
— SN's Vinnie Iyer (@vinnieiyer) December 26, 2016
The Steelers might be the one team that can beat the Patriots in the AFC playoffs.
— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) December 26, 2016
Like I said, Steelers are the only AFC ream that has a shot against Pats.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) December 26, 2016
CSN New England – Patriots Talk: Feinstein: Steelers pose the biggest threat to the Patriots https://t.co/HnTAKJn6he
— Susan in NH (@sportybabe) September 14, 2016