By Ed Thompson
I know that I should avoid this question from Steel City Insider's Pittsburghsgoingtothesuperbowl
because I'm bound to get thrown under the bus by fans from both teams. But it's just too good to pass up.
He wanted to know whether I thought the Steelers or the Patriots would be considered the team of the decade if Pittsburgh not only wins their third Super Bowl in the past five years, but mows down Tom Brady and the Patriots head-to-head in the postseason in the process.
Well, I think the only way I could give that nod to the Steelers would be if they win it all and the Patriots fail to make the playoffs again. That would result in both teams having three Lombardi Trophies, but the Steelers would have seven playoff appearances since 2000 versus six for New England.
But if the Patriots also make their seventh playoff appearance, I'd use regular-season records during the decade as my next tie-breaker. And if the Patriots amass enough wins to qualify for the playoffs, it's unlikely the Steelers could overcome New England's current 7.5-game advantage with their 102-42 record versus Pittsburgh's 94-49-1 mark