The Pittsburgh Steelers went to Foxboro in a must-win situation and could not compete with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. With their backs against the wall, the Steelers had no answer for the Patriots offense and were trounced 55-31 in a game that continued to prove that the Steelers are a team in decline.
The Steelers offense, while solid, also shot itself in the foot with multiple turnovers, three by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Yes, he had a solid statistical afternoon going 28-of-48 for 400 yards and four touchdowns, but his two interceptions and one fumble lost put the Steelers behind the eight-ball. Jerricho Cotchery had a career game for the Steelers in the loss, hauling in three touchdown receptions.
The huge news was the ineptitude of the defense, which had no answer for both the passing and running games of the Patriots. Running back Stevan Ridley paced the Patriots with 115 yards and two touchdowns, leading their offense to an unheard of 197 total yards on the ground.
At this point, the Steelers must find a way to stop the hemorrhaging on defense. Yes, the offense shot itself in the foot with turnovers, but they also put 31 points on the board and had some production in the running game. Le’Veon Bell paced the attack with 16 carries for 74 yards. The improvement on offense means nothing if the defense cannot stop opponents.
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