Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady did what they had to do against the Steelers... again.
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The Patriots had a taste of the home-field dominance by ending the Pittsburgh's 8-game winning dazzle. Brady threw for two hundred and ninety-eight plus two touchdowns and a blocking. Fresh off a one-match suspension, Gronkowski finished with 9 receptions for one hundred and sixty-eight yards, including 4 on the game-winning hit.
It didn't end there... Wide receiver Antonio Brown was injured and Steelers (11-3) played without him. Despite that, it seemed to take the lead the moment when Roethsliberger connected with tight end Jesse James for a 10-yard touchdown with twenty-eight seconds remaining. The game was upset on review, with official Tony Corrente stating that the ball failed to "survive" the completion of the catch.
Darrius Heyward-Bey was hit by Roethsliberger for a short gain but stayed in bounds. The time was collapsing and there were no timeouts given. Roethsliberger rushed to the line. Instead of spiking it to set up a short kick in order to send the game to overtime, he sought to win it.
Rather, he missed it. His cross was batted into air and Duron Harmon, New England's safety come down with it. At the end, Patriots got their fifth direct triumph over the Steelers.
Roethsliberger completed twenty-two of thirty for two hundred and eighty-one yards, the pick as well as two touchdowns. All this happened at the time during which AntonioBrown was undergoing a medical examination.
The coach for Steelers rarely downplayed the pregame intensive publicity, embracing the moment and the tension that comes with it even while confronting an competitor he has conquered twice during his eleven-year tenure and not even a single match in game of real consequence, like a blowout defeat in the AFC Championship play in the past eleven months.
Earlier on, Brady took his team down to the field connection with the Cooks for a forty-three yard gain. The Steelers immediately replied with an eighteen-yard lob from Roethsliberger to Eli Rogers. Brown left for medical examination after an injury on his left leg.
Bryant who was barred the entire season for breaking the league's substance abuse rule, made a nice single-handed touchdown catch last minute in the first half that saw Pittsburgh leading in the break. Bell, confined to only eleven snaps last January stirred up yards and clock. Smith Schuster managed six passes for one hundred and fourteen yards and made the Steelers to at least tie it.
Roethsliberger decided to go for the wind instead, a choice that could have implications in January.
Buffalo: Hosted by New England just before Christmas. The Patriots played the Bills 23-3 in the opening match of the season this month in Buffalo.
AFC East Standings
|14||Passing 1st downs||14|
|5||Rushing 1st downs||7|
|2||1st downs from penalties||0|
|3-9||3rd down efficiency||10-16|
|1-1||4th down efficiency||0-0|
|6.4||Yards per Play||6.6|
|7.6||Yards per pass||8.4|
|4.1||Yards per rush||4.6|
|3-4||Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-5|
|0||Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0|
AFC East Standings
|New England Patriots||11||3||.786||395||274||W1|
|New York Jets||5||9||.357||285||342||L2|