7. Patriots 41, Steelers 27AFC Championship, January 23, 2005
Take solace, Packers, fans. The 2011 version of your team isnt the only one in league history to go 15-1 in the regular season but not reach the Super Bowl. The 2004 Steelers became the second to do so, with the Patriots taking advantage of four Pittsburgh turnovers. A Tom Brady-to-Deion Branch 60-yard TD pass gave the Patriots an early 10-3 lead. Brady found David Givens for another scoring pass in the second quarter, and Rodney Harrisons 87-yard return for a touchdown gave the No. 2 seed in the conference a 24-3 halftime lead that they would not relinquish.