The Steelers used their
passing game to defeat the New England Patriots 25-17 at Heinz Field
on Sunday. The Steelers jumped out to an early lead of 10-0 and
then 23-10 in the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger repeatedly hit
Heath Miller for numerous first downs on the Steelers opening possession.
The Steelers have
scored on all of their opening drives in the last four games.
The victory improved the Steelers record to 6-2, and the Patriots
fell to 5-2. The victory was
the Steelers have defeated Tom Brady in
their eight previous games against him.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 50 passes for 365 yards, two
touchdowns and one interception. Tom Brady was 24 of 35 for 198 yards,
and no interceptions.
The Patriots were trailing 23-10, when they drove 67 yards to score
a touchdown with only 2:35 left in the game. New England cut the
lead to six when Brady connected on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Aaron
New England then attempted an onside but it did not travel at least
ten yards and the Steelers took possession at the Patriots' 37.
With 2:07 left in the game, Isaac Redman plowed up the middle
to pick up a first down by the nose of the football. Instead of running
out the clock the Steelers strangely attempted two pass plays which
led to Roethlisberger being sacked on the Steelers 48. Pittsburgh
the ball with just 28 seconds left in the game.
With just seconds remaining and no time outs left Tom Brady was
sacked by Brett Keisel. The play forced
a fumble and the ball rolled backward until Troy Polamalu punched
the ball into and out of the end zone for a safety.
Shaun Suisham kicked three field goals of 33, 21 and 23.
missed one from 46 that would have put the Steelers up by 16 in the
Ben Roethlisberger finished with 314 yards passing. It was the 18th
time in his career that Roethlisberger has topped
the 300 yard mark and only the second time he's done it in consecutive
Lamarr Woodley sacked Tom Brady twice until leaving the game with
an injured hamstring. Woodley now has nine sacks on the season and
7 1/2 in the last four games.
The Steeler secondary played very well throughout the game. Instead
of playing off the New England receivers they played tight man to
man and continually pressed at the line of scrimmage. The Steelers
may have finally found a strategy that works against Tom Brady and
the Patriots offense. In past meetings the Steeler defense gave alot
of cushion to the New England receivers. This time they gave no cushion.