Apparently, leaving the Steelers bleeding in a ditch wasn’t good enough for the Patriots.
Bill Belichick figured he’d twist the knife one more time by signing LeGarrette Blount.
The Steelers dropped their weapons, put their hands up and took two steps back after they were steamrolled 55-31 at New England last year. The Steelers-Patriots rivalry that was sparked by the Patriots’ upset win in the 2001 AFC championship game was over. It ceased that day because the Steelers, who dropped to 2-6, had fallen too far behind the Patriots to match their long-term success during this era.
The Steelers’ 7-4 record this season is nice. Sure, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time in three years. But Tom Brady is a lot closer to earning his fourth Super Bowl ring than Ben Roethlisberger is to earning his third. That’s been the case for quite some time, but the point was driven home emphatically 13 months ago on that infamous evening in Foxboro.
The Steelers fell to 0-3 against Brady at Gillette Stadium and 3-7 against the Patriots in this century, including losses in the 2001 and 2004 AFC championship games. The 55 points and 629 yards allowed by the Steelers were the most in franchise history.
The Steelers hit rock bottom that day and the Patriots conquered them as a rival.
So why did Belichick have to poke them with a stick?