2. Patriots 24, Steelers 17AFC Championship, January 27, 2002
The Steelers were so confident that they'd overcome the Cinderella Patriots that they openly talked about their hotel reservations and their plans in New Orleans, the site of Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots were having none of it, even with Brady suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter. Drew Bledsoe got his moment of redemption, replacing the man who had replaced him and throwing a laser of a TD pass to David Patten as the Patriots took a 14-3 lead into halftime. But it was Troy Brown who truly silenced the Steelers, returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown and lateraling a blocked field goal to speedy Antwan Harris for another score.