Matchups for the AFC championship game


3:14 p.m. ET Jan. 20, 2017

Matchups for the AFC championship game Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots:


When the Steelers (13-5) have the ball:

Pittsburgh’s best chance — some would say its only chance — is to get its big three of QB Ben Roethlisberger (7), RB Le’Veon Bell (26) and All-Pro WR Antonio Brown (84) going from the start and never stopping. Bell has come up with enormous performances in his first two playoffs games, rushing for 167 yards vs. Miami and 170 against Kansas City. His patience to find a hole and then his burst through it, combined with slick moves and power, make him the perfect postseason back.

The offensive line, led by C Maurkice Pouncey (53) and RG David DeCastro (66), has been stout in its run blocking and will need to continue that as the Patriots attempt to…

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