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Worst matchups for every Super Bowl contender

The NFL playoffs are all about matchups. Go up against a team that can take advantage of your weaknesses and take away your strengths, and your season can end in an instant. With that in mind, we picked out the one team each Super Bowl contender will want to avoid in the playoffs…

New England Patriots

Worst matchup: Steelers

The Steelers have built up their roster with one goal in mind: Beating the Patriots. How do you do it? First you need to put up a bunch of points, which Pittsburgh can do with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. But what makes the Steelers a tough matchup for New England is the improving defense, which can get after the passer without blitzing and play man coverage. That’s how you slow down Tom Brady.

Minnesota Vikings

Worst matchup: Patriots

Mike Zimmer’s defense confounds opposing quarterbacks. He sends blitzes from every which way and will throw multiple coverage looks at the offense. One problem: These disguised looks can leave vulnerabilities in the defense, and no quarterback in the league is better at diagnosing and exploiting defenses quite like Brady. And you better believe Bill…

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