The Pittsburgh Steelers exorcised their demons in a big way in front of a playoff-like atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sunday in a 25-17 victory over the New England Patriots.
Though the final score does not indicate how dominant they were, the Steelers came away very pleased with their efforts against the Patriots and Tom Brady, who had their number.
Pittsburgh out gained New England 427 to 213 and controlled the clock for 39:22. If not for a Ben Roethlisberger interception and a questionable defensive holding call, this game would have been won by a wider margin.
The Steelers won the game by taking a page out of the Patriots playbook. Roethlisberger used the short passing game to move the ball down the field and control the clock while the defense simply did an effective job at controlling one of the NFL’s best offenses.
Just a few weeks ago when the Steelers appeared to be reeling, many did not think they could compete, let alone defeat the Patriots. Now with the win the Steelers appear to be the top threat in the AFC.
Here is a look at the grade report for Sunday’s big win over New England.