Steelers 25 Patriots 17
Shocking, I know. The hype leading up to the game was how Brady owns the Steelers and so forth. Apparently the Steelers had enough of that business and decided to show up.
The Steelers were dominant on both sides of the ball. The defense held Brady to only 198 yards and two touchdowns. Ike Taylor shut down Wes Welker, who only managed to get 39 yards on the day. In the closing moments of the game, Brett Keisel managed to strip the ball from Brady’s hands. Polamalu punched the loose ball to the back of the endzone for a safety and sealed the victory for the Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger had a solid game on offense. Big Ben was 36 for 50 for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger was successful in the short passing game, which kept the clock running and Brady on the bench. In all, the Steelers had the ball for 39:22. That’s how you beat Tom Brady, ladies and gentlemen.
While this was a big win, the Steelers were far from perfect. Roethlisberger’s interception gave the Patriots great field position and set up their first touchdown of the game. The Steelers’ defense played lights out, despite many players being sidelined with injury. Really, the only glitch in the defense was Mundy’s holding penalty on fourth and goal, late in the fourth quarter. This penalty gave the Patriots a first down and erased Mundy’s interception. The Patriots scored on the next play.
Without these mistakes, the Patriots were held to a field goal.
It feels great to beat the Patriots. However, the Steelers don’t have the time to dwell on this game. Ravens Week starts now, and the Black and Gold have a score to settle. Bring on the Ravens.