Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots: Score, Highlights and Analysis
The New England Patriots withstood a third-quarter rally from the Pittsburgh Steelers to get a blowout win and move to 7-2 as they head into their bye week. The Steelers fall to 2-6.
The Patriots struck first after Devin McCourty intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter, setting the Patriots up in Steelers' territory. Tom Brady found Danny Amendola on the next play for a 34-yard touchdown.
The Steelers turned the ball over twice in the first quarter and were lucky to be down by only a touchdown.
After a fourth-down stop by the defense, Tom Brady led the Pats on a drive capped off by a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski to give the Pats a 14-0 lead. Gronk had over 100-yards receiving in the first half.
The Steelers responded just after the two-minute warning before the half, with Ben Roethlisberger finding Antonio Brown for a 27-yard touchdown.
The Steelers left too much time on the clock, though, as Tom Brady led the Patriots offense on a nine-play 77-yard drive that was aided by two pass interference penalties. Stevan Ridley capped it off with a one-yard touchdown carry after Rob Gronkowski drew a pass interference call in the end zone.
The Pats led 24-10 at the half, but that lead would quickly be erased by another soft third quarter by the Pats on both sides of the ball.
The Steelers capitalized on a Stevan Ridley fumble at the start of the second half to bring Pittsburgh back within seven points. Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 20-yard touchdown.
After a Patriots three-and-out, the Steelers wasted no time tying the game on another touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Cotchery. The Patriots lost both Rob Ninkovich and Steve Gregory to injuries in the early stages of the third quarter, as they continue to get hammered by the injury bug.
The Patriots responded with a field goal, then, following a Steelers three-and-out and a big punt return from Julian Edelman, Tom Brady found Aaron Dobson for a 17-yard touchdown pass to put the Pats back up by 10.
The Pats would extend their lead to 17 on Ridley's second touchdown of the day on their next possession.
Cotchery added another touchdown for the Steelers, his third of the second half, to pull the Steelers to within 10 points late in the fourth quarter. But Brady would immediately respond with an 81-yard touchdown pass to Dobson, his second touchdown grab of the day to effectively seal the game.
LeGarrette Blount tacked on another touchdown to give the Pats the blowout win with 55 points, the most ever scored on the Steelers.
This one is in the books. Nice win by the Patriots, while the Steelers are left looking for answers. They had their chance but couldn't stop Tom Brady after they tied the game in the third quarter.
Pretty impressive consistency by the #Patriots today. Had 318 yards in the first half, 293 in the second, for 611 total— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 4, 2013
Fourth quarter, 2:41 remaining
What a touchdown by LeGarrette Blount as he just steamed into the end zone from five yards out. The blowout is on, 54-31. If the Patriots could just show up in the third quarter, they'd be pretty tough to beat.
Fourth quarter, 3:03 remaining
Big carry by LeGarrette Blount and the Pats are over 600 yards on the day. What an offensive explosion, especially against the Steelers!
Fourth quarter, 3:19 remaining
Interception Duron Harmon and the Patriots will take over. Tough throw by Big Ben, no receiver in the area as Harmon easily nabbed his second pick in two weeks.
Fourth quarter, 5:15 remaining
81-yard touchdown to Aaron Dobson! Wow, Brady is on fire today and this game should put all questions of whether or not he's "lost it" behind him. He has 432 yards passing and four touchdowns.
Fourth quarter, 6:15 remaining
Touchdown Jerricho Cotchery! The Steelers are within 10 points. Impressive drive by the Steelers there, they're not dead yet.
Fourth quarter, 7:17 remaining
The Steelers are putting together a nice drive here, moving inside the red zone. A touchdown here would certainly make a comeback possible, but they'll need to stop Brady.
Fourth quarter, 8:58 remaining
Marcus Gilbert comes off for the Steelers, and that's an injury they cannot afford. The Patriots are going into their dime defense but with Dont'a Hightower in for some run protection. Lets see if the Steelers can make it interesting.
All of the Pats' stars are having big days. Brady: 353 yds, 3 TDs. Ridley: 115 yds, 2 TDs. Gronk: 143 yds, TD. Amendola: 122 yds, TD— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 4, 2013
Stevan Ridley now up over 100 yards for the first time this year, 5th time in his career. 6 TD's in his past 4 games.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 4, 2013
Fourth quarter, 9:16 remaining
Touchdown Stevan Ridley! Impressive running by Ridley who has totally redeemed himself after starting the second half with a fumble. He has 115 yards and two touchdowns.
The Pats are up by three scores now.
Fourth quarter, 9:30 remaining
Another third-down conversion to Gronkowski. He has nine catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. The Pats are on Pittsburgh's 6-yard line.
Pretty vintage game from Brady and Big Ben, who have combined for 592 passing yards and 6 TDs— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 4, 2013
Fourth quarter, 12:45 remaining
Dane Fletcher sacks Roethlisberger on third down and the Steelers are punting. Nice stand by the Patriots' defense.
Tom Brady takes the field with a chance to really put the Steelers in a hole.
Brady 21-for-30 for 343 with 3 TDs and 0 picks.— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) November 4, 2013
DE Rob Ninkovich is now practicing pass rush moves on the sideline, with rookie G Josh Kline.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 4, 2013
Fourth quarter, 13:46 remaining
Touchdown Aaron Dobson, a 17-yarder from Tom Brady and he has his second touchdown in two weeks. Dobson also came up with a big third-down catch on this drive.
Pats are back up by 10.
Fourth quarter, 14:03 remaining
The Steelers' Vince Williams is down as the Pats move into the red zone.
End of third quarter
The Pats withstand a Steelers comeback and stand to extend their lead. This has been the best game of the season for the Pats offense, but it looks like the injuries are catching up on defense.
This one should go down to the wire.
Third quarter, 0:30 remaining
Good hold by the Patriots' defense as Julian Edelman takes the punt back all the way to the Steelers' 33. Big play to set up New England!
Third quarter, 0:43 remaining
The Steelers take a timeout as they face a 3rd-and-10. The Steelers continue to move the ball with ease on the ground. It seems like their only problems are self-inflicted at this point.
Ninkovich returned to the sideline but then just jogged back to the locker room.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 3, 2013
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