Steelers-Patriots highlights, lowlights
The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.:
Play of the game: After the Steelers cut the deficit to 20-3 in the third quarter, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fired a 58-yard touchdown bomb to Phillip Dorsett, who had blown past the Steelers’ Kameron Kelly.
Offensive player of the game: Brady was 24-of-36 for 341 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Defensive player of the game: Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had six tackles and was a big factor in keeping Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster from making much of an impact in the game.
Most telling statistic: The Steelers were 3-for-12 on third down and 1-for-3 on fourth down.
Hidden statistic: Brady is 6-0 lifetime against the Steelers in Foxborough with no interceptions.
Best run: New England’s Rex Burkhead danced past the Steelers’ Bud Dupree and Stephon Tuitt and gained 11 yards to the Steelers’ 15 to set up a field goal late in the third quarter.
Best pass: Brady had many, but probably the best was when he looked to his left and then fired a strike to Dorsett, over the Steelers’ Mike Hilton and Terrell Edmunds, for a 25-yard TD in the second quarter.
Worst pass: Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger just threw one up for grabs late in the game, and New England’s Devin McCourty had an easy interception in the end zone.
Best catch: New England’s Julian Edelman alertly grabbed a pass that was deflected when Brady was hit by the Steelers’ T.J. Watt in the third quarter.
Dropped pass: Pittsburgh’s Donte Moncrief dropped a key fourth-and-1 pass in the second quarter and also missed a catchable ball in the end zone in the third quarter.
Best tackle: The Patriots’ Jamie Collins stopped Pittsburgh’s James Conner in the backfield on third-and-1 in the second quarter.
Best hit: Edmunds nailed New England’s Josh Gordon on a deep pass in the third quarter, but Gordon hung on for a 43-yard pickup.
Missed tackle: Steelers cornerback Joe Haden could have stopped Gordon at the 7-yard line in the first quarter but allowed him to score on a 20-yard pass-and-run play.
Best kick: Punter Jordan Berry was the Steelers’ best player in the game with one punt traveling 58 yards.
Worst penalty: Pittsburgh rookie receiver Diontae Johnson was called for offensive interference in the third quarter, wiping out a long pass play to Smith-Schuster.
Best call: Edelman caught a ball from Brady and threw back to running back James White for a 32-yard gain to the Pittsburgh 20. It set up the Patriots’ first touchdown in the first quarter.
Worst call(s): The Steelers didn’t look like they were ready for their one foray into the red zone in the third quarter. They had to call a timeout on third and goal at the 1. Then, they tried an across-the-field fade to Moncrief that had little chance of success. To top it off, they kicked a field goal on fourth down, losing 20-0, to a team they hadn’t really stopped from scoring all night.
Unsung hero: The Steelers would have been shut out if not for offensive guard Ramon Foster recovering a Roethlisberger fumble at the New England 4-yard line in the third quarter.