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New chapter of Ben vs. Brady will be written in AFC Championship Game

PITTSBURGH -- The showdown between Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady is hard to ignore when the Steelers and Patriots are about to clash in the AFC Championship Game.

With two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks from roughly the same generation facing off, a new chapter in history will no doubt be written Sunday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

However this will be just the second time the two have faced off with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Wednesday afternoon Roethlisberger downplayed the rivalry - which never truly materialized - between him and the Patriots' quarterback.

"Two old guys playing this game for a long time," Roethlisberger said.

"I think that's what a lot of the talk is. He deserves all the credit he gets and it's obviously bigger than the two of us."

Unlike the 2005 AFC Championship - which went to New England 41-27 - Roethlisberger now has arguably the best running back in the league behind him. Le'Veon Bell's first postseason experience is off to a tremendous start with the feature back setting the Steelers single-game postseason record last week with 170 rushing yards against Kansas City.

A conversation between quarterback and running back before the postseason kicked off may have something to do with Bell's playoff explosion.

"He came up to me and told me to be the same player I've been all season," Bell said.

"Everything is coming naturally to me and that's what is happening so far."

The AFC Championship kicks off Sunday at 6:40 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

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