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Mike Tomlin

Steelers talk up big game, as Patriots do the opposite

FOXBOROUGH — On a conference call with reporters from New England on Wednesday, Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward made what should be an obvious point about the implications of Sunday's game against the Patriots Sunday in Pittsburgh.

"This could be potentially for the No. 1 seed," Heyward said.

It almost certainly will be. The New York Times playoff simulator indicated there's a 96 percent chance either the Patriots or Steelers winds up with the top seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs — but don't ask the Patriots to say that.

"For us, it has no bearing," said safety Devin McCourty. "It's all about us being...

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