In fact, he couldn't.
How to Stop Pittsburgh
Belichick and his defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel, harassed Pittsburgh with multiple defenses.
On first-down plays, they filled the box with eight Patriots, denying Pittsburgh running room, then on subsequent downs stood back and waited for Roethlisberger to throw or run.
Thus, Belichick confounded precisely what Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher hoped to do.
Rarely, on such a big day of pro football, have there been two such predictable offenses and workable defenses.
Brady vs. McNabb
The Super Bowl will be won next week by the better quarterback, Brady or McNabb, or the better coach, Belichick or Reid. Or possibly even the better team, Patriots or Eagles, although, fundamentally, pro football is a game of quarterbacking and coaching.