The Pittsburgh Steelers are a mighty underdog against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in their AFC wild-card playoff game.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took it up a notch when he was asked by NBC’s Michelle Tafoya about what adjustments were needed for Pittsburgh to avoid being blown out and possibly upsetting Kansas City in the game.

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Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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“Quite simply, we gotta play better. We got a lotta respect for (Patrick) Mahomes and his talents and the weaponry that they have but it’s about us – our level of communication, our level to detail, fundamental things like leverage and keeping a lid on it,” Tomlin said. “We focused all week on the things that we do and less about what they’re capable of.”

Tafoya then asked what Tomlin’s “final message” will be to the team right before the game.

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Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers enters the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers enters the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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“Don’t blink. If you’re a blinker cut your eyelids off. This is not gonna be for the faint of heart. We understand what type of game we’re in. It’s gonna take a ridiculous effort and 60 minutes of it. And we’re excited about it,” he said.

Pittsburgh is looking to pull off the unthinkable and beat Kansas City – the two-time defending conference champions.

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leads the team onto the field for warmups before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leads the team onto the field for warmups before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Chiefs beat the Steelers 36-10 in Week 16.



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