what's important to the patriots is one thing, and one thing only: winning the championship most people assume if the colts meet the steelers in the playoffs, they will definately beat them. but what if they lose to them? that would mean, it all else goes well, the steelers would come to foxboro for the afc championship and the right to go to the superbowl. do you think Belichick would want to go into that game having lost to the steelers at home just a month earlier? no, he wouldn't. and believe me, he will emphasize the importance of this to the troops. they are determined to win it all, and gaining the psychological edge of winning this game could turn out to be critical. That is why I think the pats will go all out. also, if the pats win this one, they have a great shot of, not only going undefeated, but, if they win their remaining regular season games, they would set a new record of 19 consecutive regular season wins, breaking the old mark they set of 18 straight. so that is right within their grasp. Belichick will point out that the steelers were the team who broke their streak last time. of course, they had cowher and bettis then. finally, Belichick's record as partriots head coach is 99-39, so a win would be Belichick's 100th as coach of the patriots !! I have a good feeling about this one. I know they've been not as convincing the past couple of games, but I have a feeling Belichick will have them regrouped and well-prepared (not to mention fired up!) for this one.