It appeared the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the uptick with back-to-back wins, but they came down to earth following a tough loss to the Oakland Raiders. Now Ben Roethlisberger's team heads on the road to face the New England Patriots, a team finding its form following the return of Rob Gronkowski.
Game Date/Time and Location: 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
TV schedule and distribution map: CBS; The506.com
Live coverage and updates:
Steelers blog: Behind the Steel Curtain / Follow Behind the Steel Curtain on Twitter
Patriots blog Pats Pulpit / Follow Pats Pulpit on Twitter
Live NFL Week 9 Scoreboard
Radio schedule: Pittsburgh: WDVE-FM (102.5) and WBGG-AM (970); New England: WBZ 98.5 FM
Watch Online: Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required). NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA.
More on the matchup: Regular playoff appearances in the AFC make it feel like the Steelers and Patriots play each other often, but it's been two years since Pittsburgh and New England faced off. Ben Roethlisberger took over their last meeting, throwing for 365 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-17 win. This year things are different, as a patchwork offensive line is unable to protect the Steelers quarterback. It will be extremely difficult to unseat a confident Patriots team that is getting back its reliable offensive talent at the right time.
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