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Patriots expecting good atmosphere in Pittsburgh on Sunday: 'It’s always popping'

Ryan Hannable
December 15, 2018 - 9:54 am

FOXBORO -- Heinz Field will be rocking Sunday afternoon.

Not only have the Steelers lost three straight and are in desperate need of a win to make the playoffs, but it's a football town that gets excited for almost every game.

The Patriots are expecting a great atmosphere Sunday afternoon.

"I mean, it’s the same thing as every year," Rob Gronkowski said. "Every time we play them, every time we go there, it’s always like a four o’clock game, gets dark by 4:30, night atmosphere, and it’s always popping. It’s a football atmosphere. It’s a football town. It’s all about the Steelers. So, it’s going to be a great atmosphere. It’s going to be a lot of fun to play in, like it always is."

Not only is it a good football town, it is a historic franchise that has great history.

"And Bill [Belichick] spoke about that this week as far as their tradition," Devin McCourty said. "They don’t have even that many coaches in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is fans that have been riding with those guys forever. It’s like it gets passed down generationally. We know that, we know there will be Terrible Towels waving, we know at one point they’ll drop their theme song and the crowd will go crazy.

"But, it’s a fun atmosphere. It’s going to be a playoff-type atmosphere where it feels like both teams just have to win this game, and I know their fans will bring that kind of energy. We know we might get 10, 15 Patriot fans, whoever can probably find a ticket to get in there or try to get in there."

The Patriots have owned the Steelers of late, winning 12 of the last 15 meetings. 

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