Originally Posted by Dino 6 Rings
I don't call it avoiding, I call it the Patriots not being good enough to get to play us in those years.
2001, the Patriots get to Pittsburgh after the "tuck rule" win over the raiders in the Snow, then Bledsoe, not Brady, and the NE Special teams beat the Steelers and Kordell Stewart. That was a week after the Steelers had just beaten the Defending Champs Ravens. Ok fine.
2002, the Patriots don't even make the playoffs. Steelers beat the Browns and lose to Titans.
2003 Steelers Miss playoffs, Patriots beat Titans and Colts on way to SB.
2004. Patriots the #2 seed, beat the Colts again, then come to Pittsburgh and beat the Rookie QB by 14 points.
2005, Steelers beat Bengals, Pats beat Jags, Pats then lose to Broncos, Steelers beat Colts and Broncos on way to SB. Who's fault is that? We'd have beaten the Pats that year, I don't doubt it.
2006, Steelers miss playoffs, Cowhers lame duck season. Pats beat Jets and Chargers and then lose to Colts after having an 18 point lead.
2007, Steelers lose to Jags, Tomlins rookie year as head coach, Pats beat Jags and Chargers on way to SB lose to Giants.
2008. Steelers Beat Chargers and Ravens on way to SB win over Cards. Pats not in playoffs.
2009, Pats lose at home to Ravens badly. Steelers not in playoffs.
2010, Pats lose at home to Jets, Steeles beat Ravens and Jets on way to SB.
So really, its all about one game, that everyone points to, Ben's Rookie year. Big deal. Just cause the Pats don't hold up their end an win the same years as us, doesn't mean we were "lucky" not to play them.