Good evening, Patriots fans! First of all, my family and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Diwali! Hopefully, everyone was elated with today’s game. Our New England Patriots had a big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers today and the Pats delivered the fans a huge W.
The Pats (essentially Rob Ninkovich) forced Ben Roethlisberger to fumble the ball in the early stages of the first quarter. But the Patriots did not take advantage. We thought New England got a touchdown on a later possession (as it seemed like Brandon Bolden broke the plane while falling down). However, the touchdown was overturned, giving the Pats a 4th down, and Stevan Ridley was stopped short…pretty disappointing. Thankfully though, Devin McCourty picked off Big Ben and that lead to Tom Brady finding a wide open Danny Amendola, who ran it in for a touchdown. Pittsburgh tried to respond by going for it on 4th down near midfield but the Pats D stopped them. This lead to some great running plays and clutch catches from the Patriots offense. One of these catches happened to be a great one by tight end Rob Gronkowski, who jogged into the endzone. Being down 14-0 in the 2nd quarter, the Steelers looked to respond, and they did with a field goal from Shaun Suisham. New England also responded with some great passing plays, but all they got was a field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. The Pats defense (err…Kyle Arrington) broke down on the next Pittsburgh possession and as a result, Roethlisberger found wide receiver Antonio Brown in the endzone. But they scored too early! With some clutch plays and great clock management, Stevan Ridley helped the Patriots get another 7 right before the half. Up 24-10 at halftime, I thought this would be a blowout for New England.
Clearly though, I was wrong. Ridley fumbled to start the 3rd quarter, giving the Steelers great field position. And they capitalized, with Roethlisberger finding Jerricho Cotchery in the endzone for the touchdown. After another 3 and out from the Patriots, the Steelers essentially mimicked their first scoring drive and it ended the same way. Roethlisberger to Cotchery. Suddenly the game was tied at 24 and I was starting to feel nervous. Gostkowski gave New England a slight lead with another field goal but that 3rd quarter was a nightmare. Then came the turning point of the game. After the Steelers went 3 and out, Julian Edelman returned the ensuing punt deep inside Pittsburgh territory. Pretty soon Brady found an airborne Aaron Dobson (who was dropping a lot of catches earlier) in the endzone. While everyone thought that was a touchdown, the play was reviewed. The replay showed Dobson got his left foot and his butt in…aka it’s good! But wait Pittsburgh wasn’t done. Big Ben found guess who…yup Cotchery…again. Cotchery’s 3rd touchdown made it a 10 point game but then New England decided enough was enough. Brady bombed the ball all the way downfield to Dobson, who sprinted to the endzone uncontested. And just for good measure, LaGarrette Blount felt like adding to the blowout with a rushing touchdown of his after Roethlisberger was picked.
That would be all. Your final score: Pittsburgh Steelers 31, New England Patriots 55! What a great way to head into the bye week. The Pats will be on the road in Carolina to take on a dangerous Panthers team after the bye. The only problems I saw from the game were the injury bug and some sloppy defensive plays. The Patriots lost both Rob Ninkovich and Steve Gregory to unrelated injuries. Let’s hope they’re okay. I’m worried about Kyle Arrington being on the outside because he just is not good there. He has to work on that. This Patriots defense is really beat up yet they find ways to get it done. On a positive note, Brady threw for over 432, the Pats had 3 receivers over 100 yards (Amendola, Dobson, Gronkowski), and Ridley rushed for over 100 yards. Lot’s to digest in, I know. But for now, enjoy the moment Pats fans! The night is ours. Let’s go Patriots!