Facing Patriots might come at perfect time


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Unhappy fan, Sunday in Oakland. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Close wins are memorable.

Close losses?

Well, they can be unforgettable.

Such it is with the Steelers' 27-24 loss to the Patriots last December. They led, 24-16, in the fourth quarter, only to have the Patriots score 11 points in the final 3:56. And even with that, the Steelers had an opportunity to regain the lead following a 69-yard catch and run by JuJu Smith-Schuster that put the ball at the New England 10 with 34 seconds remaining.

What happened after that, well, nobody is going to forget.

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