Patriots face Steelers in battle of AFC elites

Jerod Mayo leads the team in tackles.

(Greg Trott / Associated Press)

The storyline
Two teams that could claim to be the NFL's best clash in a possible playoff preview. Any time Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady get together, you have the makings of a classic.

Why you should watch
The tiebreaker for the top seed in the AFC is possibly at stake. I'm still not sold on the Pats defense, and the Steelers' offense has yet to be what many imagined as well.

Did you know?
Brady is 5-1 in his career against the Steelers (including the playoffs). ... New England's Wes Welker leads the NFL with 278 receptions since 2008. ... The Steelers are 9-0 when Mike Wallace has a touchdown. ... Pittsburgh's Hines Ward is second in franchise history with 83 touchdowns (Franco Harris is first with 100).

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