4. A Rookie Mistake
What: AFC Championship @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers were an NFL best 16-1 and were playing at home in the AFC Championship. But when the Patriots took an early lead, the Steelers were forced to rely on an inexperienced Ben Roethlisberger to make plays. The Patriots defense feasted on the young quarterback forcing three interceptions. The signature moment was Rodney Harrison baiting Big Ben to throw an out pattern. Harrison jumped the rout and took it 87 yards for a touchdown. During the return, Roethlisberger was bounced off the grass on a block. The Patriots took a 24-3 lead and never looked back.