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Mehno: New England just flat out better

PITTSBURGH — The Patriots were better. I’ll have to expand on that for another 550 or so words, but that’s the quick version of what happened in the 36-17 blowout that sent New England to the Super Bowl and ended the Steelers’ season Sunday night. The Patriots were better on ...

Curtains for Steelers’ defense as Patriots roll

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount burst through the line at the Pittsburgh 19, slipped one tackle and bulled into another defender at the 9. Cornerback William Gay wrapped him up, but just got pushed backward. Three more Steelers pitched in, still unable to bring the New England running ...

Pens rout Bruins for 4th straight win

PITTSBURGH — Conor Sheary is in the midst of a career-best stretch — and he enjoyed another big game against his hometown team. The Pittsburgh forward scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins ...

Belichick respects Steelers’ history

The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There are few things that Bill Belichick respects more than history in the NFL. And few teams elicit as much praise from the Patriots coach as the Pittsburgh Steelers. Part of it is the reverence that Belichick holds for the way Steelers founder ...

Steelers ready to put heat on Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Take it from Wade Phillips, slowing down Tom Brady is a goal often sought, but seldom achieved. “Good luck,” the new defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams said this week when asked about the difficulty of taking the Patriots quarterback out of his comfort ...

Pittsburgh has shot at Super trip No. 9

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press The following are the 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 Ben doesn’t see himself in Brady’s league

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger intended for the moment to be private. The camera following him to midfield and the microphone tucked inside Tom Brady’s shoulder pads ended up making that impossible. Their brief exchange before Brady and the New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh ...

Opposing running backs still friends

PITTSBURGH — The football player and friend in Le’Veon Bell understood why LeGarrette Blount walked off the job that cold night in Nashville more than two years ago, jogging to the locker room with the clock still running as Bell and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers reveled in a critical ...

Villanueva named a finalist

HOUSTON — Falcons coach Dan Quinn and Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva are the finalists for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award. The winner of the honor, presented by USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the league, will be announced during NFL Honors the night ...

Pats’ TE vital part of offense

By Kyle Hightower The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — To step into Martellus Bennett’s world is to be in a place that is both spontaneous and full of introspection. In his first season in New England, the Patriots tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an ...

Murray makes Pens happy

The Associated Press MONTREAL — Matt Murray got back into form, and that’s good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murray made 19 saves, and Eric Fehr and Jake Guentzel scored in the second period to lead the Penguins past the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night. Defensemen Ian ...

Tomlin: Brown’s actions ‘foolish’

PITTSBURGH — The father in Mike Tomlin regrets the language he used to describe the New England Patriots during the postgame speech Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown opted to livestream on social media after a taut playoff victory over Kansas City. The coach in Tomlin has just ...

Pats play very well at home

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have had what seems like an annual spot in the AFC championship game over the past decade. But the fact that this year’s game is at home could factor into whether they are able to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. The Patriots became the ...

Teammates downplay AB’s video

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown wanted to let the world in on the party when he live streamed the giddy celebration in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room after an 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City. The All-Pro wide receiver also happened to catch ...

Penguins outlast Caps

PITTSBURGH — The goals kept coming. One after another. A dizzying three periods of shots followed by baffled goaltenders fishing pucks out of the net wondering how things got out of hand so quickly. When Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary ended it 34 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a ...

Reid says no-call was right call

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn’t believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been called. After watching film of the decisive play in the Steelers’ 18-16 playoff ...

Pats prepping for Big Ben

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots got a break by not having to face Ben Roethlisberger during their regular-season win over the Steelers in October. The Patriots’ coaching staff is expecting to get his best this time around with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake. The 27-16 ...

Kicking it to KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Boswell’s pinpoint right leg and Le’Veon Bell’s two dancing feet. They do call it football, after all. Indeed, Bell spent much of Sunday watching the film “Happy Feet.” “I wasn’t nervous about the game,” Bell said. “I don’t watch ESPN or NFL ...

Winning at Patriots will be much tougher

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are headed to Foxborough this Sunday, but that trip to Kansas City was awfully bumpy. The Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game. That’s Tom Brady against Big Ben, and another confrontation with the ...

Chiefs look for revenge vs. Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs’ meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season “a bunch of times” this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong. As if he hasn’t relived it enough in his nightmares. Ben Roethlisberger ...