COMMENTARY Seventeen thoughts on the Steelers’ 17-10 victory over the Patriots . . . 1. It wasn’t the Patriots’ day, again. It’s not their month. And it’s reasonable to wonder if there’s any chance of this being their year. For the second straight week, the Patriots’ flashed self-destructive tendencies — so rare during this two-decade dynasty that seems to be creaking toward its end — that directly led to defeat. The Steelers ended their three-game losing streak with a 17-10 victory Sunday at Heinz Field, the second straight defeat for the Patriots after last Sunday’s final-play debacle at Miami. We’re not sure who the Patriots are right now. But it’s hard to assume anything especially good. 2. The Patriots are now 9-5 — their first five-loss season since 2009, perhaps the grimmest year of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. They’ve lost twice in December, a month they typically dominate as a … [Read more...] about Let’s face it, it doesn’t appear to be the Patriots’ year
For the first time since 2002, the Patriots have lost back-to-back games in December. Sunday’s defeat came at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who did just enough to hold on for a 17-10 win over New England, which is now 3-5 on the road this year. The Patriots committed a season-high 14 (accepted) penalties (most since 2014), Tom Brady threw a bad interception, three receivers dropped passes, and the run defense was again shredded. It was the second straight week that New England could have wrapped up the AFC East, but came up short. The Patriots are looking for their 10th straight division title. New England is now 9-5, its first season with at least five losses since 2009. Below are updates and analysis from the game as it unfolded. Fourth quarter FINAL — Steelers 17, Patriots 10 Steelers 17, Patriots 10 (0:00): Tom Brady threw three straight passes towards Rob Gronkowski on the Patriots final possession. The first two sailed through the back of the end … [Read more...] about The Steelers hold on to defeat the Patriots, 17-10
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s decision to challenge a remarkable special teams effort by the Patriots was met with befuddlement and frustration Sunday. Midway through the second quarter at Heinz Field, Pats punter Ryan Allen booted the ball inside the 15-yard line. After taking a big hop and bouncing inside the five-yard line, the ball seemed destined for a touchback when Jonathan Jones and Rex Burkhead teamed up to keep the ball from hitting the end zone. Linebacker Ramon Humber then downed the ball at Pittsburgh’s one-yard line. Tomlin, however, challenged the ruling on the field, arguing that Burkhead’s toe was on the goal line when he batted the ball. Several took issue with his decision because replay footage clearly showed Burkhead was positioned acceptably. The ruling on the field was subsequently upheld, and Tomlin lost a timeout — and his 10th straight challenge. The 46-year-old has not won a challenge in over two years. … [Read more...] about The Steelers challenged an incredible play by the Patriots — but why?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Rachel G. Bowers Globe Staff December 16, 2018 It’s Week 15 and the Patriots are in Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Since the Dolphins lost to the Vikings, New England can clinch the AFC East with a win. It would be the Patriots’ 10th straight division title. Refresh this page for the latest from Heinz Field. First quarter The Steelers are testing the Patriots’ struggling run defense early. So far on the opening drive, Pittsburgh has 39 rush yards, including a 25-yard run by Jaylen Samuels.Looks like JC Jackson on JuJu Smith-Schuster, Stephon Gilmore or Jason McCourty on AB. When McCourty had AB Gilmore had Eli Rogers in the slot which was.. something.— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) December 16, 2018 #Patriots defensive starters: Flowers, Guy, Brown, Hightower, Van Noy, Gilmore, Jackson, J. McCourty, D. McCourty, Harmon, Chung. … [Read more...] about Patriots at Steelers live updates and analysis
Welcome to Season 7, Episode 14 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-yet-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the Patriots’ weekly matchup. When the new season’s NFL schedule is released each April, there are always a few games that immediately jump out as appealing, matchups that are worth anticipating even when the season is still more than four months away. That’s how it is every time the Steelers show up on the Patriots schedule. The Patriots, of course, are a viable Super Bowl contender every year, while on paper the Steelers always look like one. The Patriots have won at least 10 games every year beginning in 2003, and have missed the playoffs just once (2008, when Brady missed 15 7/8 games). The Steelers haven’t had a losing season since 2003, though they did go 8-8 in 2006, 2012 and ’13. The Patriots have beaten the Steelers in five straight meetings, in 9 of 11, and 12 of 15. Sunday’s matchup has significant meaning to both teams. The … [Read more...] about Patriots-Steelers feels like a rivalry, but the numbers say otherwise