Don’t tell Tom Brady about his gaudy stats against the Steelers. Despite the fact the Patriots quarterback has owned Pittsburgh in all but one of his seven career games against the Steelers, he won’t hear of it as he prepares for Sunday’s matchup at Heinz Field.
“They’ve played us pretty good a few times, too,” Brady said. “We’ve had our moments, and they’ve had their moments.”
But Brady has had a lot more moments, let’s put it that way. He’s 6-1 lifetime against Pittsburgh, including two wins in the AFC Championship Game, and he has largely obliterated defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s vaunted 3-4 defense. In the six wins, Brady has 14 touchdowns and only one interception. And in his last four games, he has completed 70.9 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and only one interception.
“I think we realize the kind of challenge that it is, and we put a lot of time into the preparation and we put a lot of effort into understanding what we're trying to accomplish from a game plan standpoint,” Brady said. “It’s a very good defense. They're first in the league in pass defense and I know you probably don't care about that, but they’re pretty damn good, if you ask me.”
While the Patriots boast the NFL’s most prolific passing game, averaging 350.5 yards per game, the Steelers have the league’s best pass defense, allowing an average of just 171.9 yards per game.
The numbers suggest Brady has the edge, but don’t discount Pittsburgh’s three-game winning streak after a 2-2 start.
“We’re not perfect by any stretch,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “The arrow is pointed up and we need to continue moving in that direction.”