Steelers' Mike Tomlin already anticipates 'fireworks' vs. Patriots

Ruben Hill
November 27, 2017

After the last-minute win over Brett Hundley's Packers, Tomlin didn't back down from the declaration.

"I'm going to embrace the elephant in the room, it's going to be fireworks", Tomlin said according to Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Coach Mike Tomlin is going all-in with his Pittsburgh Steelers, who clash with the New England Patriots in Week 15 at home. But even if they do, he's expecting a similar result to last year's 36-17 AFC Championship romp by the Pats over the Steelers in Foxboro. But it's probably going to be part one.

"It's really not the way you should be going about your business in the NFL, especially when you're going up against the best coach in the history of the league and the best quarterback in the history of the league that obviously has a history of beating you in big spots". After the Steelers beat the Packers 31-28 with a Chris Boswell field goal at the end of regulation, Tomlin was asked about his deviation from the usual "one game at a time" approach that most coaches apply to such questions. "Then what happens in the first is going to set up the second one, which is going to determine the location of the second one". And for that to happen, Pittsburgh probably needs to win their remaining regular-season games, including that aforementioned Week 15 get-together. While that appears to be the most likely scenario, you still have to get there.

"Really, there are two ways to look at this thing", Tomlin said in his postgame press conference, via the team's website.

"(Monday) when we evaluate it, when we get into the evaluation phase of it in terms of working to get better for our next opportunity, obviously we did things that made it hard to win. I got a great deal of confidence in them. Everybody in America knows that's a big game, OK?

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