Sunday, November 3, 2013

Patriots 55-Steelers 31

Steelers Fall To 2-6 In Loss To Patriots

Roethlisberger had an impressive 400 yards with 4 TD's but so did Tom Brady. Brady decided to come out of his recent under performance and ended the game with 432 yards and 4 TD's. But there was also one other significant difference. Ben was intercepted twice.

I hesitate to call the game a blow-out considering the Steelers kept the game close for the first three quarters. In fact, the Steelers were still in the game with about 7 minutes left in the third quarter battling back to a 24-24 deadlock. Unfortunately for the Steelers, football has four quarters.  It was in that 4th quarter that one cannot deny the Patriots blew out the Steelers. The Patriots scored 28 points to the Steelers 7 in that last quarter. Brady did what he does best. He took over and never looked back.

The Numbers:
  • Steelers dropped to 2-6 for the first time since 2006.
  • Roethlisberg's pass to Brown was the 200th of his career.
  • Steelers play selection was heavy on the passing side yet again--passing 71% of the time.
  • Steelers edged out the Patriots in Time of Possession by about 3 minutes.
  • Patriots managed 33 first downs to the Steelers 24.
  • Steelers 3rd down efficiency was 38% compared to 58% for the Patriots.
  • Steelers red zone efficiency was an impressive 75%.
  • Steelers rushing yards: 108 but no TD's on rushes.
  • Net passing yards: 371
  • Penalties: 8-96
  • Cotchery had a big day with 3 TD's and 96 yards.

Next Game: Bills @ Steelers. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.  1 p.m. EST, ESPN NFL, Fox Sports