Brady's Pats, Big Ben's Steelers chase Super Bowl history (AFP)

Oddsmakers have installed host New England as a six-point favorite over the Steelers in the American Football Conference championship game. The winner will become the first club to make a ninth Super Bowl appearance, facing either Green Bay or Atlanta in Super Bowl 51 next month in Houston. The Steelers are on a nine-game win streak while the Patriots, who went an NFL-best 14-2 this season, have won eight in a row, neither team having lost since November 13.