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Steelers make statement with win over Patriots

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There was some chatter early in the season that the Steelers defense was too old and too slow for the team to compete for the AFC title.

Don’t expect to hear much of that after Sunday’s 25-17 victory over the Patriots. Until a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, the Patriots offense couldn’t sustain any offensive momentum against the Steelers defense. Tom Brady was under a fair amount of pressure, his receivers were well covered and the Patriots barely bothered trying to run the ball after falling behind on the first drive of the game. The performance was impressive under any circumstances, but the fact that it came without James Harrison and James Farrior makes the effort jump out at you all the more.

It was fitting that the final Patriots chance ended with a safety. Brady, who finished with a season-low 198 passing yards, got the ball knocked out of his hands by Brett Keisel and the ball rolled out the back of the end zone with a little help from a diving Troy Polamalu. The effort wasn’t even hampered all that much by a LaMarr Woodley hamstring injury, although that’s surely a concern going forward.

Equally impressive was the work done by Ben Roethlisberger and his receiving corps. Roethlisberger shredded the Pats for 365 yards on the afternoon with 21 of his 36 completions going to Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. The Steelers offense looked as dynamic as it has all season. They didn’t run the ball all that much, but Rashard Mendenhall wound up with 70 yards on 13 carries.

The Patriots knew they had work to do in the secondary, but the effort is going to be critical now. They face the Giants and Eli Manning next week with Manning on a serious roll throwing the ball and Bill Belichick’s defense doesn’t look like it is good enough to take the Patriots any further than they’ve advanced in the last two seasons.

Belichick knows it, too. After Brady hit Aaron Hernandez for a touchdown with 2:40 to play in the game, Belichick chose to try an onside kick despite having all three timeouts at his disposal. Stephen Gostkowski muffed the kick and it didn’t go 10 yards. The Steelers picked up a first down and the game was all but over at that point.

With the Ravens coming to town next week, the Steelers are in position to take over the top spot in the AFC. After their Week One loss to Baltimore, that seemed like a long shot. After Sunday, it seems like it makes perfect sense.

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  1. cardmagnet says: Oct 30, 2011 7:36 PM

    What statement? That if Polamalu can’t launch himselff (illegally) head-first, he’ll go the cheap route and launch a loose ball 20 yards down the field? Nice win in the end, Pittsburgh…

  2. baltimoreballs says: Oct 30, 2011 7:36 PM

    Huge game next sunday night. I’m pumped.

  3. edgarpoe2 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:37 PM

    The Steelers have been pretty impressive since their opening-day loss to the Ravens. I can almost guarantee next week’s prime-time game against them though will be a grind and must-watch TV. I already have my plans for Sunday night set. Nothing short of an emergency will keep me away.

  4. nepatriots128154 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:38 PM

    Belichick needs to be called out on not challenging Gronk’s TD. The refs got the call wrong, and a challenge would have saved about a minute, maybe even more. Awful non-challenge there.

    Congrats to Steelers though, they clearly outplayed Pats and deserved to win.

  5. kilo0986 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:38 PM

    Go on and hate, make excuses talk garbage. Fact of the matter is Steelers went to town on a great offensive team and punched them in the mouth WITH an old and slow d

  6. footballfan15 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:39 PM

    Was a great game. Pittsburgh took a page out of New England’s playbook with the quick passes to the TE down the middle. Also the Steelers’ DEF played lots of Man Defense, which they haven’t done much before. Kudos to Pittsburgh for good gameplans this week.

  7. mikeb233 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:40 PM

    an “old” and “washed up” steelers d missing 3 of their starting lbs held the patriots to 220 yards of total offense. hate all you want but the steelers are the cream of the afc crop right now

  8. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 30, 2011 7:40 PM

    Not that it would have changed things but in what universe was that not a touchback? The ref even said the Steeler didn’t have control when the ball went out the back of the endzone.

  9. achap39 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:41 PM

    Kudos, above all, to the Steelers’ OC. Keep the Pats O off the field and exploit a bad defense with 10+ play drives. (Pats fan saying this.)

  10. FinFan68 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:41 PM

    If an offensive player bats the ball forward (with no call) and a TD is scored, would they overturn it upon review? If so, why is it allowed in this case. They reviewed it but ignored the illegal bat by Polamalu. Not sure where it would be spotted but it seems that it should have been Pats ball.

    It seems to me that if the ball goes out of bounds after a fumble the ball should go back to the team that last possessed it (unless turnover on downs) and spotted where the ball was last possessed–regardless if it was OB from the end zone or not.

  11. Deb says: Oct 30, 2011 7:42 PM

    On our first defensive play when Woodley came pounding up the middle, I knew we’d finally decided to start hitting Brady where it would hurt. Thank you, Coach LeBeau!! Beautiful game!! Great job on both sides of the ball, Pittsburgh!

    Nothing lasts forever, Pats fans … not Ben owning the Ravens and not Brady owning us. Can’t wait for next week!

    GO STEELERS!!

  12. redguy12588 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:43 PM

    Steelers defense played outstanding, but the offense needed to turn those FG’s into TD’s. Arians tried to get cute again, but he called a solid game.

    And Roethlisberger running the no huddle is always impressive. He’s actually a very smart QB (on the field at least).

  13. TheWizard says: Oct 30, 2011 7:45 PM

    Good win for the Steelers.

    Laughable effort by the Pats after two weeks to prepare.

  14. kate773 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:45 PM

    Congrats to the Steelers. Great win by them, they dominated from start to finish.

    Tough loss by the Pats. That D stinks bad. The whole team looked like they were still on their bye. Can’t imagine that when/if they make the playoffs they’ll do any better than the last 2 years. It’s not the offense, it’s the D. I wonder when Bill wakes up and makes a real concerted effort to get some playmakers on this D as opposed to retreads. So frustrating.

  15. tk1966 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:46 PM

    Can’t wait to hear the excuses after this one…

  16. quadassio says: Oct 30, 2011 7:46 PM

    One punt the whole damn game. The steelers D played well against the top offense but I still put more blame on the Pat’s D. That is just horrible. If Brady is not having a great day, Pats lose always.

  17. sickpuppyz says: Oct 30, 2011 7:46 PM

    Pats fan here. I am not sure that I have any hair left on my head to pull. The Pats defense couldn’t stop the run, the pass, no rush etc. you can’t allow multiple 3-and-forever (3-and-12, 3-and-19) completions and call yourselves a pro. frankly, I don’t know what is wrong but the coaching staff is just as awful for not being able to fix anything even after having a bye week. terrible, terrible game and what bothers me the most is that those dummy defenders were celebrating meaningless sacks at the end of the game when Rothlisberger was just playing keeps and singing “time is on my side”

  18. bray72 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:47 PM

    Well, Well, well; the Steelers defensive back field may not be as pourous as you all have understood – based mostly on media garbage. After the magnificant Tom Brady (who is really good) wasn’t able to crack the defensive backfield, perhaps the Black and Gold deserve a little credit.

    And they didn’t do it with pass rush, but with stifiling pass defense. Give them the proper credit!! Ike absolutely shut down the media darling Wes Welker.

  19. jamson64 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:49 PM

    Cardmagnet quit your whining. Even if Troy just grabs the ball…game over.

    Old and slow ….hmmm.

    Go Steelers!!!

  20. Deb says: Oct 30, 2011 7:49 PM

    cardmagnet says:

    What statement? That if Polamalu can’t launch himselff (illegally) head-first, he’ll go the cheap route and launch a loose ball 20 yards down the field? Nice win in the end, Pittsburgh…
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    You were outplayed all game, pal, so why whine over a non-impact safety? It’s not like a Super Bowl berth was hanging in the balance, your defense stripped the ball from our QB, then the refs came up with some obscure never-before-used rule to ensure we’d maintain possession … is it? :D

  21. toonsterwu says: Oct 30, 2011 7:52 PM

    The Steelers deserve a lot of credit for the win, and Belichick and his staff should get some heat. It’s understandable that the Patriots wanted to come into the game spreading things out. Based on past games played, and the Steelers defensive weaknesses and injuries, it made sense. That said, LeBeau’s changeup to go with the jamming, aggressive man caught them off guard.

    Problem is, the Patriots simply didn’t adjust. They didn’t try to pound it with their big backs to change the pace. They needed to do something different to try and get LeBeau to react, and they really didn’t do it. If they had managed to get some physical runs early, perhaps that opens up some play action. In turn, perhaps that opens the spread attack a bit. There simply wasn’t an adjustment. I’m not a big fan of the draw/delay run game, particularly against a defense like the Steelers. I think you need to give Mankins and Co. and chance to hit them. Of course, BGE banged up probably didn’t help matters, but still, the offensive adjustments simply weren’t there for awhile.

    Of course, the Patriots defensive issues were a big reason for that, as the Steelers controlled the time of possession. Two comments here – as much blame as the secondary is going to get, a lot of the blame has to go towards that weak pass rush. I mean, Big Ben had all day to throw for most of his dropbacks. This leads to the 2nd point – poor drafting by Belichick. For awhile, I was a big defender of their draft capabilities because they effectively maneuvered around. I don’t even fault them that much for passing on edge guys, as they need a specific type of talent to fit that defense.

    The area where they do need to be called out? Poor drafting in the secondary has led to numerous wasted picks. Remember Tyrone Wheatley and Jon Wilhite? Then there was Brandon Meriweather and a wasted pick on Darius Butler (who I still like but is better off in a man scheme where he isn’t forced to think too much). Dowling was hurt his senior year. They are trotting out Sergio Brown, a decent player but more a backup talent, and Josh Barrett, a nice, physical backup I guess, as guys who get a decent amount of time next to Chung.

    Their evaluation of secondary talent in the draft has to improve. Everyone misses now and again, but they’ve missed too much on far too many early-ish secondary picks in recent years. Even McCourty has struggled some this year. A saved pick here or there perhaps adds up to an extra gamble on another position of need.

  22. jetsarestacked says: Oct 30, 2011 7:53 PM

    that pats secondary is so horrid. the steelers didnt do anything special in that game on offense. they just spread out the pats d and roethlisberger hit wide open receivers all game.

  23. deebo92 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:54 PM

    No no no.. the statement will be made if the Steelers win next week. Good win for psyche but after what the Ravens did to the Steelers week one, they need to pay them back. I’ll be watching. Go Stees

  24. Steeler's Will says: Oct 30, 2011 7:54 PM

    I enjoyed this game, agreed those fg’s need to be td’s. I thought it was a solid outing against a proven winner.

    Classy showing by NE fans here, thanks.

  25. toonsterwu says: Oct 30, 2011 7:54 PM

    Btw, the one thing I will say negatively about the Steelers – I’m a fan of Ryan Clark for his aggressiveness and toughness, but I really don’t like the way he headhunts at times. There was another play that wasn’t called where he clearly led with the helmet and went after a Patriots player (forget who) above the neck. It was in the 3rd Quarter, I believe.

  26. habsman says: Oct 30, 2011 7:56 PM

    Great game and deserving win for Pitt. Pats couldn’t get off the field and allowed too many third down converts. Kept the ball out of Brady’s hands. Well done. Hopefully see you again in playoffs.

  27. cfos00 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:57 PM

    You are aware that there was absolutely nothing illegal about what Troy did at the end of the game right? He did not “advance the ball” because the Steelers didn’t have possession, for which the rule is written. He didn’t toss it out of bounds either, as he didn’t actually knock it out. There was literally nothing illegal done on the play. An announcer not knowing a

  28. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2011 7:58 PM

    Hats off to Dick Lebeau and the rest of the team.

    That was mighty impressive.

    I can’t see the Pats going very far with that defense.

  29. steelerfan77 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:00 PM

    Give the Pats kudos for trying everything they had, their D is awful and they have to have 30 points to win. All of these excuses for the Pats is only part of the great sport I call FOOTBALL!!

    GO STEELERS!!!

  30. tk1966 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:01 PM

    A lot of focus here on what the Steeler offense did, and how they did it against an inferior defense – otherwise known as excuses.

    But the story should be what the Steeler defense did in holding the vaunted Pats O to 17 points (7 on a 10 yard drive off a turnover). That was the truly impressive part of the game.

  31. 3octaveFart says: Oct 30, 2011 8:03 PM

    Wow. Bad year for teams coming off their byes.
    Not sure what the numbers are now but last week they were something like 3-9.

  32. richm2256 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:03 PM

    Let me say up front that the Steelers outplayed New England on all three phases of the game.

    That said, this was the dirtiest, ugliest win I have seen by a team in a while. I saw holding, interference, and the damdest non-calls and blown calls all game long. I swear if #25 doesn’t get fined for at least two helmet-to-helmet hits, there’s something wrong. Hell, Hernandez got popped helmet-to-helmet by TWO Steelers at the end of one single play alone!

    That next to last play – bonehead move by Brady to not see that defender coming from his right – never mind where the ball was recovered, the play was dead the second Polomalu batted it 15 yards.

    How the hell do they miss THAT on the replay??? There WAS no safety!!!!!!

    Pats sucked, Steelers were “on”, but New England fought the officials every bit as much as they did a strong Steelers team.

  33. frankiefiveangels says: Oct 30, 2011 8:05 PM

    I don’t care what any “In Bill we trust” Patriots fan says, this team DESPERATELY needs a real defensive coordinator. That defense is horrendous and I am a realistic Pats fan. This team is going nowhere because they can’t stop anybody. They have not won the SB since the 04 season or ANY playoff game since the 07 AFC championship game. If Belichick wasn’t such a megalomaniac this could have been a great year. I know they are 5 and 2 but they are going nowhere in the playoffs again.

  34. clevername1 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:05 PM

    Congrats Pitt fans. Well deserved win. Good luck IN Foxboro in a couple months!

  35. CKL says: Oct 30, 2011 8:07 PM

    cfos00 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:57 PM

    You are aware that there was absolutely nothing illegal about what Troy did at the end of the game right?
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    Pereira already said it should have been an illegal bat but it doesn’t matter. Pats lost that game long before any ref made an incorrect call.

    On the BB non challenge, I thought the TD to Gronk looked just like a TD the Steelers scored (with Holmes?) against the Ravens a few years back and replay showed it was a td. BB said he didn’t get enough of a look to challenge it .

    I’m not gonna complain because that is part of the home team advantage since they will never show replays favorable to the opponent. I have no problem with that really.

    Conrgats to the Steelers. They really dominated the whole game regardless of how close the score was. Kudos. Hope my Pats can learn from this one and get better.

  36. jamson64 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:07 PM

    Would some whiner please show me the rule that says that if a defender pushes the ball backward that it should have been treated differently.

  37. TheWizard says: Oct 30, 2011 8:09 PM

    defenders were celebrating meaningless sacks at the end of the game when Rothlisberger was just playing keeps

    I noticed that. That’s a sign of guys that don’t really understand what’s going on.

    Not the “situational football” mindset.

    Except for some decent linebackers and Wilfork, the D is a mess.

  38. 3yardsndust says: Oct 30, 2011 8:12 PM

    Great victory for the Steelers today and a meaningful one as well. The Patriots always play hard. Their fans have nothing to be ashamed of.

    Go Steelers!

  39. dirtdawg55 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:12 PM

    Didn’t see that coming. Score was way too close for a game where the Steelers had twice as many yards as NE and had possession almost twice as long. Three times they get inside NE’s ten and they come away with nine points. Not good!

    But great game considering five starters were out (Ward, Colon, Farrior, Harrison and Smith) and a sixth was out for a good part of the second half (Woodley).

    As for the safety, the fact neither Simms nor Nantz don’t know the rules doesn’t mean it was the “wrong call”. Polamalu didn’t illegally advance the ball because the Steelers didn’t have possession. The rule is clear. If the possessing team fumbles the ball and it rolls out of the end zone, it is a safety. Period.

    Great win – would have been tough to go up against the Ravens next week at 5 and 3, but next night is another statement game. The Steelers have to rid themselves of the taint of opening week.

  40. richm2256 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:13 PM

    I want to say though that Roethlisberger showed us all some big-time passing tonight.

  41. bullcharger says: Oct 30, 2011 8:13 PM

    The Steelers looked great… but it’s October. This game means something because it is a tie breaker, but 12-4 has a good chance at the first seed in the AFC this year. A long way to go.

  42. duanethomas says: Oct 30, 2011 8:13 PM

    Its over for the Pats as a championship contender. The window has closed. They will win 12 games or so, win the AFC east, but will never see a SuperBowl again with Kraft, Belichick or Brady together.

  43. jm9ulose says: Oct 30, 2011 8:14 PM

    I almost feel like Brady’s prime is being wasted by the crap Belichick throws out there on defense. Molden at nickel? Adams 4th? Brown, Barrett, Iheghdibo at FS? Are u serious? U can’t hope to stop Elite QBs with a mediocre pass rush and a secondary like that. Haven’t had a decent defense since ’08. Roethlisberger shredded them and kept Brady off the field. Was a great game plan by Pittsburgh. Hard to score enough points to win when the time of possession is almost 2-1.

  44. cardmagnet says: Oct 30, 2011 8:14 PM

    cardmagnet says:

    What statement? That if Polamalu can’t launch himselff (illegally) head-first, he’ll go the cheap route and launch a loose ball 20 yards down the field? Nice win in the end, Pittsburgh…
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    Deb says:

    You were outplayed all game, pal, so why whine over a non-impact safety? It’s not like a Super Bowl berth was hanging in the balance, your defense stripped the ball from our QB, then the refs came up with some obscure never-before-used rule to ensure we’d maintain possession … is it? :D
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    This is all fine and dandy, except “I” wasn’t outplayed. I’m not even a Patriots fan. I actually dislike them. I dislike Pittsburgh as well. But as a fan of the game, I don’t like seeing close games ruined because the refs miss a player going the cheap route with things like an illegal batting forward of a ball. I’m not biased by being a fan of either team.

  45. freewayjim says: Oct 30, 2011 8:15 PM

    Frustrating game to watch as a Pats fan, “D” was horrendous and “O” never really got in synch.

    The fact the Pats defense has become as bad as it is while Belichick made his bones a DC is simply baffling, you’d think at some point they could stop or at least slow down the bleeding.

    Game was not nearly as close as the final score indicated, hats off to the Steelers and their fans.

  46. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 30, 2011 8:15 PM

    jamson64 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:07 PM
    Would some whiner please show me the rule that says that if a defender pushes the ball backward that it should have been treated differently.

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    If the ball had gone out of bounds laterally, with a Steeler being the last to touch it, it would have been Steelers ball where it went out.

    The ball went out the BACK OF THE ENDZONE, with a Steeelers player being the last to touch it, thus, it should have been a touchback and the Patriots ball at the 20.

    I’m no expert on the rule book, but I am 99% sure that is the case.

    It doesn’t change much because it was highly unlikely the Pats would have scored….but it was a touchback not a safety.

  47. garys79 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:17 PM

    Pats lost the game because Troy Polamalu batted the ball into the endzone with :08 remaining.

    Every single play that preceded that play is irrelevant.

    I was also heartening to see that Mr Kraft got more CBS face time then Coach BB.

    Nance could have done a better job at PbP on the Brady TD, it deserved an emphatic “TOUCHDOWN BRAAADY”

  48. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 30, 2011 8:17 PM

    I think all Raiders fans will find a little (not much, but a little) comfort from the Tuck Rule pain by knowing that the Patriots got burned by the Holy Roller rule.

    You win some, you lose some.

  49. steelernation1 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:22 PM

    wow that was a well played game by the Steelers all around well played.anyone that says different has no clue what the game is about.

    now one more big test next week against a team i though at start of season were going to be the best in the AFC.but looking at the last couple weeks they are just an ok team.still there D is great but Flaco uhhh.thats all i got to say bout that

    GO STEELERS!!!!

  50. tluke25 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:22 PM

    I can’t believe there’s people posting on here that the Steelers won because Polamalu punched the ball at the end! OMG the game was clearly over before that. Even if the Pats did recover it, they would need to go 90 yds in 8 seconds. Were we watching the same game? Or are 11 year old kids posting on here? Give the Steelers some credit, they clearly outplayed a very good Patriots team by an extremely large margin. Belicheck has to feel embarrassed.

  51. Bubby Brister says: Oct 30, 2011 8:22 PM

    What a great win! But you guys didn’t need me to tell you that. More than anything else, I just wanted to acknowledge the nothing but classy comments from Patriots fans here (take notes, Baltimore). This of course might not be the last time we see these two teams meet this year. And we all know what happened the last time the Steelers bested Tom Brady on Halloween weekend.

  52. dickroy says: Oct 30, 2011 8:24 PM

    @ Deb
    Hey Deb, we did it. Our Steelers took the Patriots and Brady down. We are not old and done. We need to get the Ravans next week.

    Hope you got everything ok with your problem last week, and recovered everything.

    Go Steelers!

  53. pacpatfan says: Oct 30, 2011 8:29 PM

    Brady can’t win it all the time. We need a defense that can actually make the big stop… or any stop, for that matter. I’m seriously starting to wonder about our D. Seems we actually took a step back from last year. Someone tell me why we took 6 DBs high in the past 5 drafts and we still can’t play the pass. Anyway, nice win Pitt.

  54. Deb says: Oct 30, 2011 8:29 PM

    @richm2256 …

    Since you’re being so gracious, I will say Mike Carey is one of the worst refs in the league. Given all the issues with officiating it seems unfair to single him out. But I just can’t get over last season when he picked up a flag thrown in error–then announced that when there’s no foul you replay the down. Huh?? And he’s been a ref for years.

    The problem is that the modern game moves too fast for these guys, the rules are too complicated, and they’re not sufficiently trained. Officiating negatively effects every team at some point–and fortunately the Polamalu Swat didn’t change the outcome. Don’t know what it’s going to take to get Goodell to adequately deal with the issue.

  55. freddieizzyb says: Oct 30, 2011 8:31 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Oct 30, 2011 8:03 PM
    Let me say up front that the Steelers outplayed New England on all three phases of the game.

    That said, this was the dirtiest, ugliest win I have seen by a team in a while. I saw holding, interference, and the damdest non-calls and blown calls all game long. I swear if #25 doesn’t get fined for at least two helmet-to-helmet hits, there’s something wrong. Hell, Hernandez got popped helmet-to-helmet by TWO Steelers at the end of one single play alone!

    That next to last play – bonehead move by Brady to not see that defender coming from his right – never mind where the ball was recovered, the play was dead the second Polomalu batted it 15 yards.

    How the hell do they miss THAT on the replay??? There WAS no safety!!!!!!

    Pats sucked, Steelers were “on”, but New England fought the officials every bit as much as they did a strong Steelers team.

    ————————————————–
    when there is nothing else letft to say, play the “ref” card. I know, EVERY time the steelers win a big one, the refs helped. “come on man!!!!!”

    did you watch the game? the stlleres dominated all game. ok, lets pretend the troy play gets overturned, we win 23-17. brday couldnt pass all day, and he was going to go 80 yards with 18 seconds left and no time outs? For once, lets just call it what it was. The better team (TODAY) winning the game. they can play tomorrow, and it would be a totally different game. The hate of the steelers just is laughable at times! The rfs put the ball on the cards 1 yard line 3 times today, that must have been the ONLY reason the ravens got lucky and one then?

  56. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 30, 2011 8:36 PM

    Belichick was hard at work filling his 2-3 game quota for the year of giving up yards at will over the middle of the field and not doing anything to stop it. Your opponent is eating you alive over the middle of the field and you pick NOW to start calling safety blitzes?

    The New England coaching staff laid an egg on this one. Roethelisberger’s shrug after completing his 4th or 5th pass to Heath Miller was a pretty good omen for how this game was going to go. The Steelers beat the Pats defense over and over again with the same plays. And not challenging the Gronkowski TD at the end? I don’t have the numbers handy but that had to have cost them between 40 sec – a solid minute worth of game clock. Pathetic.

    Congrats Steelers. The better team with the least pigheaded stubborn one track minded coach in denial of reality won this game. Congrats.

  57. jamson64 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:36 PM

    Bubby Brister says:
    Oct 30, 2011 8:22 PM
    What a great win! But you guys didn’t need me to tell you that. More than anything else, I just wanted to acknowledge the nothing but classy comments from Patriots fans here (take notes, Baltimore). This of course might not be the last time we see these two teams meet this year. And we all know what happened the last time the Steelers bested Tom Brady on Halloween weekend.

    Overall I do have to agree.

  58. holeinone09 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:40 PM

    Steelers dominated the entire game. Brady on his tail was a fitting end. Ben was awesome and the Steelers defense was terrific. Bring on the Ravens!

  59. jamson64 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:40 PM

    Question_ if the Steelers never had possession how could it be a touch back?

  60. richm2256 says: Oct 30, 2011 9:10 PM

    freddieizzyb says:
    did you watch the game? the stlleres dominated all game. ok, lets pretend the troy play gets overturned, we win 23-17. brday couldnt pass all day, and he was going to go 80 yards with 18 seconds left and no time outs? For once, lets just call it what it was. The better team (TODAY) winning the game. they can play tomorrow, and it would be a totally different game. The hate of the steelers just is laughable at times! The rfs put the ball on the cards 1 yard line 3 times today, that must have been the ONLY reason the ravens got lucky and one then?
    ——————————————————–
    What comments were you reading? Did I not give credit to the Steelers for a solid game?

    That said, I have seen Tom Brady pull off incredible last minute wins, and tonight COULD have been another, if the refs didn’t blow a clear call.

    I also hate fans blaming the refs, but don’t think for one minute that when one team starts seeing their flagrant fouls not being called, that they don’t start going bat$hit crazy with dirty play that hinders an offense, and we saw plenty of that tonight.

    Still, at the end of the day, Pittsburgh out-played New England on both sides of the ball, I’m not denying that at all. Roethlisberger and his receivers clearly outplayed Brady and his.

  61. melikefootball says: Oct 30, 2011 9:17 PM

    As we seen the Pats-Steelers here was interesting to hear the Pats fans crying fowl on last series. I was watching the Pats get atleast four calls to keep drives going and led to scores, plus a turnover on a short field to score. One call was so late I could have watched part of another game. The Steelers game plan put all the pressure on the Pats and completely out played them . New England got so deperate they tried to egg on files with the pushing ahd shoving but refs called nothing.

  62. raqaiw says: Oct 30, 2011 9:30 PM

    I hate the Steelers. Respect them,but hate them all the same. The fact that the refs pretty much jobbed the Seahawks in SB40 and then admitted it 5 years later and that until recently my Ravens always found ways to play badly against them is probably the basis of my hatred. Or the fact that the team is older than dirt but SOME(not all) Steelers fans tout their 7 SB wins vs. my team’s 1 SB win as some kind of proof that my team is somehow inferior. It took 30something years for them go get the first,then another 40something to get 6 and 7. Anyway,next week will be pretty good. If they play man-man next Sunday I think we’ll see a repeat of week 1.

  63. 8man says: Oct 30, 2011 9:43 PM

    The poor play of the NE defense continues to set the tone for their losses. Opposing teams take note. If you win the toss, elect to receive, drive and score.

    Good defenses don’t let a team drive on them for six minutes right after kickoff.

    Awful, absolutely awful. I don’t know how those guys can look at themselve in the mirror when they know they are the worst this league has to offer.

    That D has to get better or it’s a repeat of the last two years.

  64. raiderman41 says: Oct 30, 2011 9:47 PM

    The Steelers played much better than the Pats, but the refs screwed up the safety call at the end of the game.

    Palomalu clearly batted the ball, which should have drawn a penalty. When he batted it, New England was the last to control the ball, which means they get the ball back, with time left for one or two more plays.

    I can’t believe the refs screwed up that call. I don’t think this determined the outcome of the game, but it at least would have given the Pats a small chance to win the game.

  65. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 30, 2011 9:53 PM

    Steelers won’t ever win another SB as long as they have a rapist for a QB. Karma…it’s a biiitch.

  66. runtheball says: Oct 30, 2011 9:55 PM

    I was at the game sitting near the endzone. Gronkowski did not catch the ball in the endzone nor break the plane. Polamalu did seem to punch the ball forward. I am assuming the review determined it wasn’t intentional, but it sure looked intentional. It should have been ruled a touchback rather than a safety, but it is moot, because the Patriots didn’t have enough time to score anyways. They have no deep threat. Great game!

  67. Deb says: Oct 30, 2011 9:58 PM

    @cardmagnet …

    That non-call ruined a close game? How? It had no impact on the outcome. The earlier failure to call the TD would have been much more significant had the Pats not scored on a subsequent play. You have to view the situation realistically. Players often deliberately foul as the lesser of two evils—you know, kicking a loose ball out of bounds to prevent a fumble recovery. Watching it live, I couldn’t see the swat and thought the ball just squirted forward. Doubt the refs saw it either, and that play isn’t reviewable. Instead of ranting about cheating, be thankful it didn’t affect the outcome.

  68. winnersagain says: Oct 30, 2011 10:00 PM

    Well now its plain and clear the steelers are better then the pats. So much for the pats fans that was saying it would be the same ol same ol……..Not this year. Brady was shut down and steelers offense scored at will…..

  69. pgh75 says: Oct 30, 2011 10:03 PM

    Carnell Lake has really made a difference this year with the DBs.

  70. christopher525 says: Oct 30, 2011 10:07 PM

    Steelers fans can treat it like they just won (or were handed) another Super Bowl. Fact is, they won’t make the playoffs. Be happy with the win when you finish 3rd in your own division. New England, San Diego, Houston, and Baltimore take the divisions, Buffalo and Cincy take the wild card spots.

  71. curtainclosed says: Oct 30, 2011 10:15 PM

    Good game Patriots. Ball control really helped the D. LeBeau made sure to take out Welker (no easy task). Feels good to finally win a game vs. Tom Lady…. I mean Brady. Next week is more important though.

  72. curtainclosed says: Oct 30, 2011 10:22 PM

    Patriots win was a luxury. The next 2 weeks is where the real statements (one way or the other) will be made. GO STEELERS

  73. ihateduke says: Oct 30, 2011 10:26 PM

    That safety was a non-factor. The game was over – touchback or safety. The Steelers just played way better than the Pats. Gotta take your hats off to the Steelers’ coaching staff. They were ready and the players were ready. Very impressive victory!

  74. Derty Ernie says: Oct 30, 2011 10:28 PM

    and why was this game on prime time? The Pats seem to have zero pass rush -didn’t hear fat ass Haynesworths name all day.
    2. Your running back is a 13 year veteran. Where is the youth movement and all the new talent????
    3. Brady looked less than adequate today but then he didn’t have that fine wall of offensive linemen to protect him. In other words he’s not that impressive when he doesn’t have the time to examine the field and find the open guy.

    The Pats of old are no longer and this team is in serious need of rebuilding and youth movement, getting rid of the has beens.

  75. nickster31 says: Oct 30, 2011 10:45 PM

    tfbuckfutter says: Oct 30, 2011 8:15 PM

    jamson64 says: Oct 30, 2011 8:07 PM
    Would some whiner please show me the rule that says that if a defender pushes the ball backward that it should have been treated differently.

    ————————————

    If the ball had gone out of bounds laterally, with a Steeler being the last to touch it, it would have been Steelers ball where it went out.

    The ball went out the BACK OF THE ENDZONE, with a Steeelers player being the last to touch it, thus, it should have been a touchback and the Patriots ball at the 20.

    I’m no expert on the rule book, but I am 99% sure that is the case.

    It doesn’t change much because it was highly unlikely the Pats would have scored….but it was a touchback not a safety.

    __________________________

    Because the Steelers never had POSSESSION of the football, it could not have been a touch back. The ball was in the Patriots possession until it was out of bounds, which makes is a safety.

    ___________________________

    raqaiw says: Oct 30, 2011 9:30 PM

    I hate the Steelers. Respect them,but hate them all the same. The fact that the refs pretty much jobbed the Seahawks in SB40 and then admitted it 5 years later and that until recently my Ravens always found ways to play badly against them is probably the basis of my hatred. Or the fact that the team is older than dirt but SOME(not all) Steelers fans tout their 7 SB wins vs. my team’s 1 SB win as some kind of proof that my team is somehow inferior. It took 30something years for them go get the first,then another 40something to get 6 and 7. Anyway,next week will be pretty good. If they play man-man next Sunday I think we’ll see a repeat of week 1.

    _________________________

    HA!HA!HA!HA!HA! People like you crack me up.

    The Steelers won Super Bowls IX and X. That is 9 and 10 in case you don’t know what a Roman numeral is. I am not sure where you got your 30 something years, but it is FAR from correct. Then they had XIII and XIV (13 & 14). The Steelers then lost XXX (30) to the Cowboys because Neil O’Donnell sucks (either paid off or the worst performance EVER). Then, we won Super Bowl XL (40) which was 26 years, NOT 40. Since, we have won another one, and lost one to the Packers last year.

    Translation, we have been to more Super Bowls than anyone but the Cowboys (Tied at 8), and have won the most.

    For the record, if we are judging by Lombardi’s, then every team IS inferior to the Steelers.

    As for your prediction of a Week 1 repeat if the Steelers play man to man, that is laughable. If Flacco throws 50+ times against the Steelers like he did against the Cardinals, Pittsburgh is going to win this game by 20+ points.

  76. ladystpaul says: Oct 30, 2011 10:51 PM

    christopher525 says:

    Steelers fans can treat it like they just won (or were handed) another Super Bowl. Fact is, they won’t make the playoffs. Be happy with the win when you finish 3rd in your own division. New England, San Diego, Houston, and Baltimore take the divisions, Buffalo and Cincy take the wild card spots.

    **********************

    I was really getting scared there for a minute…..and then I realized that just because YOU say it, doesn’t make it so.

    Whew! =D

  77. Deb says: Oct 30, 2011 10:53 PM

    Oh, dickroy, they won’t let me thank you for asking or even say hello. They just don’t understand Southern manners … tsk tsk. Bless their hearts!

  78. aljack88 says: Oct 30, 2011 11:01 PM

    Bubby Brister says:
    Oct 30, 2011 8:22 PM
    What a great win! But you guys didn’t need me to tell you that. More than anything else, I just wanted to acknowledge the nothing but classy comments from Patriots fans here (take notes, Baltimore). This of course might not be the last time we see these two teams meet this year. And we all know what happened the last time the Steelers bested Tom Brady on Halloween weekend.

    The Pats at least had a defense back then. There’s nothing there now. As a Pats’ fan, it’s been frustrating to watch their D disappear over the past years.

    Great game by the Steelers today; from the players to the coaches, they out did the Pats in just about all aspects of the game for about 50 minutes out of 60.

  79. tmac4454 says: Oct 30, 2011 11:11 PM

    Way to go Steelers…much love for whipping the Punktriacs…

  80. clevername1 says: Oct 30, 2011 11:19 PM

    Brady looked less than adequate today but then he didn’t have that fine wall of offensive linemen to protect him. In other words he’s not that impressive when he doesn’t have the time to examine the field and find the open guy.

    So when a QB gets more time he has a better chance for a completion? Thanks for the insight.

  81. winnersagain says: Oct 30, 2011 11:28 PM

    Did somebody say the steelers wouldnt make the playoffs. Thats laughable. Get off the crackpipe, hater…. Good game Pats……… as good as TB is, I wouldnt say Pats Defense needs work, I would just say the Steelers Offense is pretty good when the line is playing well.

  82. bospat says: Oct 30, 2011 11:46 PM

    Good win for Pitt, and BB needs to be held accountable for pitiful D, that being said Steelers beating us by 8 when they played awesome at home and we didn’t show up? Yeah talk smack all you want 2-6 against Brady is a reason to talk!

  83. seatownballers says: Oct 31, 2011 12:22 AM

    Ill be first to say that steelers are the best afc team. Superbowl rematch? Same outcome? I think so

  84. steelwarriors55 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:39 AM

    Funny that most of the haters in here are Ravens fans and that the fans of the team involved in the loss are the more classy

  85. steelwarriors55 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:43 AM

    bospat says:Oct 30, 2011 11:46 PM

    Good win for Pitt, and BB needs to be held accountable for pitiful D, that being said Steelers beating us by 8 when they played awesome at home and we didn’t show up? Yeah talk smack all you want 2-6 against Brady is a reason to talk!

    ———————————————————-

    Yeah well you cant blame us for being overexcited,it’s been 7 years since we’ve been able to beat you and Brady only to lose at home in the AFCC game.It’s like the Ravens fans when they beat us,they have the right to be overexcited because it’s not something usual

  86. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:56 AM

    If a ball is fumbled by an offenseive player and it goes through the back of the end zone, it is a Saftey. It doesn’t matter who touched it last. Only way it could be different is ….A) A player from the offense recovers the ball in the endzone before it crosses the back line( result is still a saftey though) B) A Defesive Player touches the ball last before the ball crosses the back line of the endzone. or C) which happen on this play, Brady fumbles ball, Troy Pol. bats ball near endzone, Pats player touches ball in enzone, Ziggy Hood touches ball while ball is crossing the back of the endzone. Result??? Pats player touched ball last before a Steeler player could establish posesion before ball crosses the backline.

  87. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 31, 2011 2:02 AM

    Since when are you able to onside a “free kick”???? Belicheat?????? Or is this legal??? Never saw this tried before. Belichick is a pretty smart man, so it must be so kinda of loop hole in the rules. Dude knows more about the game than all of us arm chair QBs combined and shows he can be humbled too.

  88. gimmeabruschi says: Oct 31, 2011 4:02 AM

    Hats off to the Steelers. They kept Brady from hurting them and exploited a bad D.

  89. belicheckyoself says: Oct 31, 2011 4:31 AM

    Congrats Steelers! I think they did a great job all around, and of using NE’s old formula of getting up early to take away the run and turn the clock against you.
    I don’t know how people can crap on the pats defense at the same time they talk about a supposedly super bowl bound Steelers offense being held to 23 points with like 45 minutes of possession. Two field goals in the second half? NE’s D adjusted, bent and didn’t break. It works how it’s designed to work. If NE had received the opening kickoff and scored, this could have been a very different outcome. They wouldn’t have though, Pit did a great job on defense today.
    As far as pats fans saying PIT’s D was too aggressive all day you can put a lot of that on the supposed best guard in the league who can’t keep his mouth shut and frequently started shoving matches in the first quarter, like he does every week. Nevermind the fact he can’t run block or pass protect. (Put your stat sheet where the sun dont shine, it’s brady’s 10 extra eyes that have always made those o-lines look good.)

  90. steelnucs says: Oct 31, 2011 6:01 AM

    Great win – my birthday was last week and I couldn’t ask for a better present (except for a win next week also).

    That being said, the game shouldn’t have been as close as it turned out. they definitely left 10 pts or so out on the field. Suisam can’t make anything over 40 yards, seems like, I’m not sure if he’s the answer at PK. Mostly I liked the play calling – attack the Pats’ weakness. I thought they could have run more inside the Pat’s 5 – there was one play where Ben faked to Redman and threw incomplete to double coverage in the end zone, Redman would have gone in almost untouched. Overall, nice job, BA.

    D played lights out, Woodley better not be out too long.

  91. akulabug says: Oct 31, 2011 6:20 AM

    The problem with the Pats is that their defense is too selfish. They want all the time to themselves and they don’t want to come off the field.

  92. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2011 6:29 AM

    flash1283 says: Oct 30, 2011 10:44 AM

    jc1958cool says:
    Oct 30, 2011 10:24 AM
    pound the rock, patriots defense is not that good!
    put the heat on brady with a pass rush, steelers should win

    —-
    Pitt has 0 sacks vs Brady the last 2 games.
    Pitt can’t stop the Pats passing attack.
    No Harrison no Farrior = no chance.
    *************************************************
    flash, where did you go?

  93. kane337 says: Oct 31, 2011 7:20 AM

    This game doesn’t mean anything. I recall the Steelers beating the Pats in 2004 only to lose to the Pats in the playoffs. The Steelers still need to prove they can beat the Pats in the playoffs.

  94. traceym70 says: Oct 31, 2011 8:03 AM

    What about the touchdown before that when Mundy intercepted the ball in the End Zone but was called for a borderline holding call so they could give Brady 4 more downs to score. Steelers clicking at the right time… can’t wait to play the Ravens next Sunday… GO PITT!!!

  95. memphisyinzer says: Oct 31, 2011 8:14 AM

    WOW, just WOW! If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was watching a Steeler game from the 70s. Ben played like Bradshaw; Mendenhall like Franco; Brown was half Swannie and half Stallworth; Kiesel looked like a cross between Mean Joe and L.C.; Woodley was Lambert and Troy was Mel Blount. (It was good to see the “old Troy” back….it’s been a long time coming). And as much as I liked Randy Grossman, I don’t think we’ve ever had a tight end play like Heath did yesterday.

    Congratulations to the entire team, the OC, DC and Head Coach. Hell, congratulations to the ticket takers and concessionairres. They all made it seem like the 70s again.

    And this was no slouch team. The Pats have had our number for years, as everyone has pointed out. They have a hall of fame QB, WR and Head Coach. The entire Steelers organization did a great job of preparation and execution and are to be commended.

    Two important tasks this week. First and foremost, we’ve got to prepare and execute just as well for the Ravens. It will be hard fought and, as always, a tough game. Perhaps they were looking past the Cardinals and anticipating our game? Maybe the have serious QB problems? But, we can’t cut them any slack at all. They embarrased us in week 1 and we need to return the favor and remove any doubt.

    And the second issue has to do with a low-rent, ghetto talking, washed up, worthless NFL Commentator on Inside the NFL. I think he owes the Steeler organization and the City of Pittsburgh a public apology for his comments about the Steelers being old and done. I think it would be appropriate for him to issue that public apology from the 50 yard line, just before kick off. Then, he can go to the Ravens sideline and kiss Ray Ray in whatever orifice he chooses. Warren Sapp makes Dion Sanders look like a Rhodes Scholar. He reduces the classiness and knowledge level of James Brown, Chris Collinsworth and Phil Simms. I guess they have him on the program strictly for comic relief.

  96. iluvwikileaks says: Oct 31, 2011 8:15 AM

    Patriots have never been the same since they were caught cheating to win:)

    GO STEELERS!!!

  97. marinephinfan says: Oct 31, 2011 8:23 AM

    nepatriots128154 says:

    Oct 30, 2011 7:38 PM
    Belichick needs to be called out on not challenging Gronk’s TD. The refs got the call wrong, and a challenge would have saved about a minute, maybe even more. Awful non-challenge there.

    Congrats to Steelers though, they clearly outplayed Pats and deserved to win.
    ————————————-

    You can’t challenge a scoring play as they are ALL reviewed now.

    Bandwagon, know-nothing-about-football Pat fans really make me laugh almost as hard as the Pats not doing anything ever sense they were caught cheating.

  98. outsiderj says: Oct 31, 2011 8:24 AM

    Are you KIDDING me? They BARELY beat yet another team. The only convincing win they had was against Tennessee.

    This team is way overhyped with a CUPCAKE schedule.

  99. bostonhasrealhockey says: Oct 31, 2011 8:33 AM

    We never deserved the win anyways, the ball being on the ground in our own end with less than a minute was all more reason why the steelers were the better team yesterday. But dont count us out yet!

  100. devouredbychaos says: Oct 31, 2011 8:51 AM

    The Steelers outplayed us, simple as that. We were bound to lose to them at some point, and I’m actually glad it was now. The Pats hung in there regardless of the atrocious D. A loss is good though, as indicated by what happened against the Browns last year. Thank you Steelers because its going rejuvinate this team and light a fire under its ass. We never lose to the same team twice under Brady, and when we meet again in January I’d hate to be a Steelers fan, because that confidence means nothing the second time around.

  101. snarkzilla says: Oct 31, 2011 8:53 AM

    1. Take away his magic quick out 2. Ssend the beasts after him. It’s a pretty well known formula by now. Pretty consistently Brady has not performed well when he’s pressured. He takes deep sacks and seems to lose his mental edge.

  102. richm2256 says: Oct 31, 2011 8:56 AM

    Deb says:
    be thankful it didn’t affect the outcome.
    ———————————————————
    There’s no denying who was the better team yesterday, Deb, but how can you say that keeping the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands “didn’t affect the outcome”?

    Tom Brady with 2-3 plays at the end of a one-score game is a very dangerous quarterback.

  103. outsiderj says: Oct 31, 2011 8:56 AM

    @memphisyinzer Oh my god, God forbid someone say something bad about the Steelers. WHAT A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

    Get over yourself. Stop crying about commentators and talking heads.

    You should be more concerned about why the Steelers can barely put a team away and let them hang around the entire game than what Joe Schmo says on NFL Network. But if that’s what you want to worry about, go ahead.

  104. richm2256 says: Oct 31, 2011 9:10 AM

    snarkzilla says:
    1. Take away his magic quick out 2. Ssend the beasts after him. It’s a pretty well known formula by now. Pretty consistently Brady has not performed well when he’s pressured. He takes deep sacks and seems to lose his mental edge.

    ———————————————————
    Really? You think Tom Brady was the key to this game, do you?

    Check the stats, slim. Tom Brady was just as effective as Roethlisberger – WHEN HE HAD THE BALL.

    Roethlsberger dissected a pathetic Patriots defense who couldn’t get the Steelers offense off the field, so he literally had twice the possession time of Brady, yet managed to be just six points better.

    Brady wasn’t perfect, he was definitely harrassed by a good Steeler’s defensive scheme, but don’t hang this game on him. He did his job, when he had the ball.

    The pathetic Pat’s defense was the story of this game. They’ve looked like they were improving, but Roethlisberger is too good of a quarterback to not exploit their many weakneses.

    Something has got to give with this defense, and soon.

  105. snarkzilla says: Oct 31, 2011 9:17 AM

    Brady wasn’t the key to the game but the observation still stands. When he’s pressured effectively some of his magic disappears and he can’t compensate adequately for the D’s issues.

  106. miketomlinssteelers10 says: Oct 31, 2011 9:24 AM

    It’s as easy as this….The Steelers clearly outplayed the Patriots. Enough Said.

  107. talldarkandmoney says: Oct 31, 2011 9:28 AM

    Lets call a spade a spade……Pats beat the Bills 17 straight till this year and had beaten Pitt 6 straight until this week….it had to give

    The #1 issue for the Pats in the off season was to get a pass rusher…..Ive seen high school players get to the qb faster…instead they waste money on Chad Johnson and Haynesworth…..5x they had Pitt on 3rd and +10 and play a soft zone def??? WTF!! 3 1st round picks to address this!!!!……..u cut Merriweather and sub in clowns from Jack n the Box to take their place?

    With 2 weeks to prepare, you would think the game plan would of been better and to not challenge the Gronk TD at that time of the game is mind boggling…..

    OUT COACHED, OUT PLAYED, OUT CLASSED!!

    Wake up Belichick!!!

  108. flash1283 says: Oct 31, 2011 9:41 AM

    marinephinfan says:

    Bandwagon, know-nothing-about-football Pat fans really make me laugh almost as hard as the Pats not doing anything ever sense they were caught cheating.
    ———–

    Jealous fans of other teams that only chime in when the Patriots don’t win make me laugh!

  109. homelanddefense says: Oct 31, 2011 9:49 AM

    As a Patriots fan I will say congrats to the Steelers. You clearly outplayed NE and the score didnt show how badly overmatched the Patriots were.

    I place none of the blame on Brady though. The Pats WR’s are undersized and cannot get open when jammed at the line. Brady looked fine, he just didnt have much to work with. He did throw for 200 yards and they only had the ball for 20 minutes.

    The D is terrible, the DB’s are even within 5 yards of the WR on 95% of the plays. There are multiple guys wide open downfield. The generate little to no pressure either.

    Belichick is quickly getting to the point where he needs to take serious heat for this defense. Its been getting worse for 5 years now. He makes head scratching decisions with personel left and right (cutting Bodden and Sanders etc) Has swung and missed on whole draft classes recently and constantly trades down for value in the draft instead of going for top level talent.

    His system worked in the early 2000′s, but he needs to adapt. Even a true Patriots fan knows this team has been horribly flawed for three years now. I feel like they have/are wasting Brady’s prime.

  110. pittspuke says: Oct 31, 2011 10:01 AM

    Omg here we go they win fluke game and all the sudden they are the cream of the AFC. Seriously come on guys!!

  111. flash1283 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:13 AM

    marinephinfan says:
    Oct 31, 2011 8:23 AM
    nepatriots128154 says:

    ————————————-

    You can’t challenge a scoring play as they are ALL reviewed now.

    Bandwagon, know-nothing-about-football Pat fans really make me laugh almost as hard as the Pats not doing anything ever sense they were caught cheating.

    Talk about “know-nothing-about-football fans”…

    They COULD have challenged it, it was not ruled a TD on the field so its NOT a “scoring play”.

  112. CKL says: Oct 31, 2011 10:45 AM

    Oh so other team fans whose teams have lost to the Pats can troll, but I can’t call them out for it? Nice.

  113. dontstabmeray says: Oct 31, 2011 10:51 AM

    Dear Warren Sapp,
    Don’t worry…us Steeler fans know you were confused when you said old, slow, and done. You actually weren’t talking about our team, you were talking about yourself. Hey, remember when Tommy Frazier blew by you in the National Championship game countless times? You were young and slow…..now your old, slow, and done….and seriously confused.

  114. walkinginthewasteland says: Oct 31, 2011 12:07 PM

    christopher525 says: Oct 30, 2011 10:07 PM

    Steelers fans can treat it like they just won (or were handed) another Super Bowl. Fact is, they won’t make the playoffs. Be happy with the win when you finish 3rd in your own division. New England, San Diego, Houston, and Baltimore take the divisions, Buffalo and Cincy take the wild card spots.

    ______________

    I know you don’t want to, but you need to start taking your meds in the morning.

  115. Deb says: Oct 31, 2011 12:16 PM

    traceym70 says:

    What about the touchdown before that when Mundy intercepted the ball in the End Zone but was called for a borderline holding call so they could give Brady 4 more downs to score.
    ————————————————
    No. First, film shows the Pats scored on a previous play that was incorrectly called short of the goal. So the Mundy play shouldn’t even have taken place. Second, film shows Mundy intercepted that ball after blatantly holding the receiver. Nothing borderline about it. Our Steelers played a mighty game, and no one gave Brady anything.

    @richm2256 …

    If they’d flagged Polamalu, I believe it would have been a dead-ball foul at the point of the swat. So the Pats would have gotten the ball back plus five yards with no time outs, around 20 seconds, needing a TD, and having to go the length of the field. Given what had just happened and the way things had been going all day, I don’t think even Brady could have overcome those odds.

  116. jamson64 says: Oct 31, 2011 7:27 PM

    Deb I want someone to prove to me he did anything illegal . For all anyone knows he simply went for the ball. Watch any fumble the ball gets batted around very often. Even if Troy does not play offense so he could not be penalized for batting the ball forward.

  117. Deb says: Oct 31, 2011 8:21 PM

    @jamson64 …

    Well, I’m not altogether positive he did anything illegal. Now, the film absolutely shows him deliberately batting the ball–and I thought it was a brilliant heads-up play.

    Sims (it was Sims, right?) kept ranting about the Raiders’ famous “Holy Roller” play in the 70s, but that had nothing to do with this. The rule that came out of that play is that the offense can’t fumble or bat the ball forward. We never got possession of the ball until it was out of the end zone, so we weren’t on offense. Nothing in that play related to Dave Casper or the “Holy Roller.”

    My thought was that it was like a player deliberately kicking a fumbled ball out of bounds to keep it from being recovered. But I may be completely wrong on that. Think they’re going to discuss it on Countdown and may explain it. But I’m DVRing and behind because of Trick-or-Treaters. :mrgreen:

  118. urworstnitemare58 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:28 PM

    Does anyone else take notice to Pittsburgh’s schedule and see Goodells name all over it? They get the Ravens the very first game! Never happened before, but we all know how these to teams beat on each other and he was hoping for injuries. They have them playing hot weather teams away early, give them the Pats after their bye, because the Pats never lost after their bye and the other strong teams they play this year. I know Goodell hates them, but he is stooping real low to prove it. Great game Steelers. Keep it up and Goodell will probably have a heart attack before the years over.

  119. tedmurph says: Nov 1, 2011 4:27 PM

    urworstnitemare58 says

    Your post is so insane, I can’t believe it was let through. Please see a physician.

  120. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 4:53 PM

    @tedmurph …

    Yeah … but it’s no crazier than all the posts about the league manipulating things in our favor.

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