Mike Tomlin did not shy away from looking at Week 15's tilt against the New England Patriots that could be an advantage on the home field in a possible rematch for the AFC title if everything works according to the script.
In an interview with Tony Dungy of NBC before Sunday's 31-28 primetime victory over the Green Bay Packers, Tomlin said he has the team that can "win it all" and noted that the Patriots game It would be key.
"I'm going to hug the elephant in the room. (The game is going to be) fireworks," Tomlin said before Sunday's triumph, via ESPN. "And it's probably Part 1. That's going to be a great game."
"But probably, if we're both doing what we're supposed to do, the second one is really going to be a great game. Then, what happens in the first one will set up the second one, which will determine the location of the second one. "
After the last-minute victory over the Brett Hundley Packers, Tomlin did not back down.
talk without the coach, "said Tomlin." So I was having a conversation with an old friend. You know that I have respect for this process. We have a good football team. I have a lot of confidence in them. Everyone in the United States knows that it's a great game, is that okay? We could not deny that if we wanted to. You are going to ask us about this from here to then. So I agree with the statement. "
It's refreshing to hear a coach throw the" one game at a time "mantra and show honesty, if Tomlin had just left the coach's path, each viewer would have made fun of  Both, with a 9-2 record, the Steelers and the Patriots are the clbad of a slow AFC, with week 15 set as a game that could decide who holds the tilt of the AFC title, It's too early to start looking forward.