Pittsburgh Steelers: Winners and Losers from Steel Curtain's Win vs. Patriots

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Winners and Losers from Steel Curtain's Win vs. Patriots
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The Pittsburgh Steelers solved the Tom Brady situation Sunday afternoon, beating the New England Patriots 25-17 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates.

The win catapults the Steelers into first place in the AFC.

The Steelers beat the Patriots at their own game, slicing their secondary with short passes all game long. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 36-of-50 passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Roethlisberger's favorite target was Heath Miller, who had seven receptions for 85 yards on nine targets. The speedy Mike Wallace also had seven catches, adding 70 yards. Running back Rashard Mendenhall had a nice game as well, rushing for 70 yards on 13 carries. 

The defense was great all afternoon, allowing the Patriots to gain only 213 yards of total offense.

The Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday night in a game that could decide the outcome of the AFC North.

There is a lot of praise to go around, and a few mistakes that allowed the game to remain close.

I'll touch on a few keys to the game, and how they impacted the outcome both good and bad.

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