Roethlisberger-less Steelers face daunting task vs. Patriots (The Associated Press)

Tom Brady wanted the showdown with Ben Roethlisberger, if he’s being honest. One awkward step by Roethlisberger against the Miami Dolphins in a confounding 30-15 loss ended that prospect, a step that left cartilage in Roethlisberger’s left knee torn and Brady kind of bummed.