Steelers get it done with 17-10 win over Patriots

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The Steelers couldn’t hold their lead at home against the Patriots last year, but they found a way to get it done this time around.

Pittsburgh held the Patriots to a field goal and saw rookie running back Jaylen Samuels make a pair of big plays late to help set up the final points in a 17-10 win. The win moves the Steelers to 8-5-1 on the season, ends a three game Pittsburgh losing streak and leaves them ahead of the Ravens in the race for the AFC North title.

The Patriots did a good job of keeping JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown from making plays, but Samuels broke through for big plays time and again on Sunday. He ran 19 times for 142 yards and caught two passes for 30 yards in his biggest game as a professional.

One of those catches was a 20-yard gain on third-and-9 with just over three minutes to play. The throw came after Roethlisberger made some moves in the pocket and froze John Simon long enough to thread a pass over his head. Samuels picked up 15 yards on a run on the next play and the two first downs set up a Chris Boswell field goal try with 2:30 left to play.

Boswell missed earlier in the game and it’s hard to imagine anyone in Pittsburgh felt comfortable about Boswell after last week’s struggles, but he put the kick through and left the Patriots in need of a touchdown to tie the game. As was the case for the entire game after their opening drive, the Patriots couldn’t get it done.

Tom Brady moved the Patriots into the red zone, but a holding penalty on Shaq Mason pushed them back to the 21-yard-line. Brady fired a pair of incompletions to set up a 4th-and-15 with the game on the line. A pass toward Julian Edelman in the end zone was knocked down and the Steelers could exhale.

There won’t be any relief in New England. The Mason penalty was emblematic of a sloppy day for New England that featured other holding calls and too many pre-snap penalties. They also had another scoring chance disappear when Brady’s attempted throwaway was picked off by Steelers cornerback Joe Haden and dropped passes were also an issue throughout the game.

Pittsburgh took over on their 4-yard-line after that play and drove for Boswell’s field goal. That was the playmaking that the Steelers lacked last year and it’s appearance came in the nick of time this season.

136 responses to “Steelers get it done with 17-10 win over Patriots

  1. Anyone know why the clock stopped on the Steelers final drive from a declined penalty? or why Brady is leaving the field with the head ref?

  2. Pats sure look ordinary this this season. Nobody afraid to play them. At least they finish the season with two more byes, because it’s doubtful they get one in the playoffs.

  3. Hans Gruber says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm
    The Raiders beat the Steelers beat the patriots can’t? LoL

    The Patriots beat the chiefs but the Steelers couldn’t

    See how stupid that sounds.

  4. It looks like the biggest bandwagon in professional sports history might be showing some signs of falling apart! Great game tonight!

  5. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    Tip of the cap to the Steelers and a kick in the pants to the zebras, ugly game but Pittsburgh earned the win.

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    ^ this

    Nice game Stillers. Better team today. Maybe we will see you again in a few weeks.

  6. Steelers o line came through today, they are the best coached positional group for Pittsburgh by far thanks to Mike Munchak. The D finally played near their potential too. That said neither of these teams look overly good right now – but I’ll take a win any way I can get one after 3 straight losses.

    Go Steelers!

  7. Man I really hope Brady is playing hurt because he is seeing ghosts every week! When have you seen Brady lob a Jay Cutler type INT to cost his team the game at the slightest threat of pressure? When have you seen Brady see ghosts when he lobs the ball 10 feet over everyones heads on the last 3 out of 4 passes on the last drive because of some slight pressure. Je looks old a scared but im glad we have a young QB behind him for our future. Oh wait!!

  8. vaphinfan says:

    December 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Anyone know why the clock stopped on the Steelers final drive from a declined penalty? or why Brady is leaving the field with the head ref?

    _____________

    Use common sense(which I know for you it may seem hard) and think about what you just said. You believe a team that lost and had no questionable calls go their way had the game rigged?

  9. The NFL was simply insuring a marquee team is able to hang around in the playoffs.
    NE, they felt, is very likely to make it.
    So, throw the flag, my friends… throw it long, and often.

  10. It was funny watching Brady barking orders on the final play with his helmet bobbling and swimming around on his head. That’s not exactly the look of someone who’s in command of the situation. LOL

  11. Tom looks his age finally. It isnt an insult to what he had done or what he can do. They can still win with him but I dont think he can carry an offense esp with a declining Gronkowski and Edelman.

  12. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:27 pm
    Steelers get it done with the help of the refs should be the headline!!
    Good win Pittsburgh , but you needed the refs to do it !!!
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    Eh… the false starts are tough to blame on the refs.

    It’s like they were playing like a rattled visiting team. Don’t see that too often. 🤔

  13. Can I also add that SLOWny Michel is a terrible RB!? Love how he runs straight up and into a OL back for a 1 or 2 yard carry every time. Gotta love a 1st round RB that gets benched whenever they sniff the end zone. Nice Pick!

  14. I have to watch all of these Patriots’ games with the sound muted. IMO, the announcers come across as nothing but a bunch of Patriot’ homers. I thought Fouts was bad, but my gosh Romo is even worse. And don’t get me started on “toast boy” (Jim Nantz). Shouldn’t he be retiring soon?

  15. Ref make up game for the Charges debacle. Patriots aren’t what they were but they beat this Steelers team 9/10 times without “help”.

    – lifelong Steelers fan

  16. tb12kingofthe7kingdoms says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    Man I really hope Brady is playing hurt because he is seeing ghosts every week! When have you seen Brady lob a Jay Cutler type INT to cost his team the game at the slightest threat of pressure?

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    Not a good throw but that’s not entirely on Brady. He had to throw it away as a sack put them out of FG range and the punt probably ends up further upfield than the 4 where the Steelers got it. Brady got zero protection on that play. Edelman also didn’t let Gronk push him out of bounds to prevent the turnover.

  17. Well, that sucked. New England had no business winning that game, and they sure as hell didn’t. Surprised they could make it close at the end.
    Must win for Pitt, and Burkhead and Jackson were beasts for New England in a losing effort.
    Too many flags.

  18. Patriots played about as bad as they can and it still came down to the last play. Penalties one sided in favor of the home team Steelers…no surprise there. Still think the Pats have more upside going into the playoffs, but no chance if their 3rd down and run defense doesn’t improve.

  19. The salt is real, coming from a fan base whose team’s “dynasty” was built by the refs, and now it’s always the refs fault when they lose. It’s quite pathetic really.

  20. Digging this. Good job curtain. I loved the play when Tommy was screaming at the ref that called a blatant false start on the Pats. Geesh, he never changes much. Did Tom think the ref would pick up the flag? CHUMP, not GOAT.

  21. Watching Pats fans bitch about the officiating is officially the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in 2018. The Steelers had the Chargers game stolen from them by the officials with a no call on holding and a false start on two touchdown plays by the Chargers not long ago. The Pats were sloppy and terrible except for a few nice plays on special teams, etc. It’s always great to see the bandwagon fans triggered either way.

  22. Even the lamest of minds should be getting it by now that the Patriots wouldn’t rise to the level of a wildcard team this year (or ever) if they didn’t play the Bills, Dolphins, and the Jets twice each.

  23. I didn’t appreciate the constant flags on the Pats but they need to do better in the red zone they were awful there. Defense was bad early but picked up and the line was getting rocked by Watt all night on to Buffalo.

  24. Not going to get 15 penalties called against the Patriots in the playoffs.
    It’s a win but nothing to get to excited about.

    Boswell, Bostic, Butler, Tomlin, Joey Porter, Hilton, and Burnett should pack their bags.

  25. Good God the last 2 games in the AFC are going to be wild. The Ravens have a chance to win the North only if they beat Chargers next week, the Chargers have a chance to win the West only if they beat Ravens, the Chiefs control their destiny only if they beat the Sea Hawks next week, the Sea Hawks don’t clinch a playoff spot if they don’t beat the Chiefs next week, the Steelers don’t stay in first place in the North if they get beat by the Saints next week, and then you got the Titans, and the Cts just waiting for someone to stumble so they can take their place. Who do you think Goodell has told don’t worry I got your back your in, let me talk to the refs!!!!! Gotta love football.

  26. Just like vs the Eagles in the Super Bowl last year, Brady chokes with the game on the line. Brady looked like a rookie throwing that interception instead of throwing it away and taking the field goal to put them within 1 point. Then Brady fails again in the redzone on their last possession.

    The game announcer (Jim Nantz?) fancied himself calling Brady Mr. Cool. This Brady guy is no Joe Cool (Montana). That much is for sure.

  27. hedleykow says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:53 pm
    Even the lamest of minds should be getting it by now that the Patriots wouldn’t rise to the level of a wildcard team this year (or ever) if they didn’t play the Bills, Dolphins, and the Jets twice each.

    But yet they have beaten MORE teams with a winning record than ANY team this year.

    Beat the

    10–3 chiefs
    9-4 Texans
    10-4 bears
    8-6 colts
    7-6 Vikings
    7-7 dolphins (split)

    But yeah go with the division excuse

  28. Tomlin haters are going to be furious now that he once again is guaranteed another non losing season. 12 in a row and has never had a losing season. No other long-term coach can claim that feat.

  29. “Tommy screaming at ref…blatant false start on the Pats”
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    Don’t quit your day job to be a football analyst. Watch that play again, the middle the defensive line encroached. Brady was right shoulda been called again Steelers

  30. This was a bad loss, but not as awful as last week. There were plenty of legit calls, but a lot of BS calls and a ton of home field non-calls, too. That being said, the refs didn’t make Brady air mail a bad pick.

    This Pats team just is very average. For a long time fan, this is very much like the old days where we weren’t a favorite and we had to claw and scratch to win games. They really have to get back to fundamentals and just play sound football. Too much talent on this team to not win out and get into the dance.

    All things considered, the Steelers should feel lucky that the game was called the way it was because they got lucky that a lot of good plays got called back due to penalties and that their O line got away with the stuff the Pats got flagged for doing.

  31. Time for old man Brady to call it a career. He looks lost out there. He’s starting to tarnish his legacy.

  32. stoogy says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    With plenty of help from the zebra’s. These games are predetermined.

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

    The game’s also predetermined when you allow a third-string rookie RB get 170 all purpose yards and avg 7.5 yards/carry.

  33. Patriots fans barking about officials is really quite amusing seeing how the refs carried your sorry butt’s all the way to the super bowl last year.

  34. Patrick says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Patriots fans tears are the best kind.
    ——————–

    Probably because they are so rare.

  35. Age isn’t hurting Brady. False starts, holds, and drops are. You’ll never beat a defense as good as the Steelers have by crippling yourself.

  36. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    December 16, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Tomlin haters are going to be furious now that he once again is guaranteed another non losing season. 12 in a row and has never had a losing season. No other long-term coach can claim that feat.
    ————————–

    No other long-term coach has done less with more either.

  37. wib22 says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm
    The end of a Dynasty.

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    The dynasty has been over so many times i have years since gotten used to it being over. So whatever.

  38. Its been tough spending these last few weeks in hiding. So nice to be able to come out again.

    It takes a very troubled mind to waste the time highjacking someone on a sports blog…..
    I guess the Cheats losing really hurts more than you can handle……enjoy Francis

  39. NHPats says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    Refs get it done*

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    Its the job of a team to not be in a position where the refs can make a difference. If they did not do that then they did not do their job. This is per Belichick who said that. Its true too.

  40. Pittsburgh did what the Vikings should have done with the same outcome. When they take away 2 wr’s, gash them with the run. For the whole game, not just a half. But that’s why some OC’s are still working and some aren’t.

  41. They just don’t have it this year. They’re only good enough to be in the playoff. This is not a championship caliber team. I followed all their games there were no impressive wins. None.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Glad it makes you mad Francis…..jealousy is the food of fools.
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    Lol. Why would you think it makes me mad? I think it is hilarious.

  43. I called it. Goodell was not going to let NE win two times in a row there.

    14 penalties, 2 of them a 14 point swing. The JOn Jones PI and the phantom Cannon pancake block at the goal line as a a”hold”.

    PRICELESS

  44. JayZee says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    14 penalties? The Patriots? C’mon

    43

    5

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    Yep. And, I called it. Goodell did this at the end of 2015, too. He wanted Denver to get homefield.

    Anyone questioning the manipulation of games by Goodell is a moron at this point.

    It happens and happened here. The worst is Romo doing his best to try to sell the viewer on a penalty that isn’t even there, but I knew Goodell would be out in this game.

    The best was Ben’s textbook grounding play that the entire Pats team and staff had to force the refs to call. And, he had Guy’s facemask, too.

    Goodell is priceless!

  45. Pats can still miss out on playoffs if they lose out and Fins win out. Fins easy win next week. Jags already packed it. Buffalo and especially the Jets will rise to the occasion to ruin Pats season. Expect a tough game next week against Buffalo and close low scoring game. Don’t underestimate this Patriots team ability to underachieve. Might be for the best, going nowhere even in the playoffs. They need higher draft picks and some defensive help.

  46. tylawspick6 says:
    December 16, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    JayZee says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    14 penalties? The Patriots? C’mon

    43

    5

    ———————-

    Yep. And, I called it. Goodell did this at the end of 2015, too. He wanted Denver to get homefield.

    Anyone questioning the manipulation of games by Goodell is a moron at this point.

    It happens and happened here. The worst is Romo doing his best to try to sell the viewer on a penalty that isn’t even there, but I knew Goodell would be out in this game.

    The best was Ben’s textbook grounding play that the entire Pats team and staff had to force the refs to call. And, he had Guy’s facemask, too.

    Goodell is priceless!————————
    Why watch it then? If you know the games are predetermined, why watch?

    Eagle fan here

  47. Oh, tylaw , you’re such a whiner! The only penalty that was iffy was the PI call, sometime it’s called, sometimes it isn’t . The majority of the calls against NE were pre snap fouls, get over it !

  48. Yeah Tylaw if he hated the pats so much he’d penalize them all year. You know they do have the least penalties. Last year the chiefs were penalized 15 times in the opener. Goodell called that. Goodell also called the Jesse James catch incomplete. Go have a beer and calm down

  49. NE has losses in back to back weeks. That’s rare! But their schedule and division is soft. Only team in the NFL that has a 10 game schedule each year by virtue of the fact that their division is a dumpster fire with Rookie QB’s. It’s been that way for 18 years. Dynasty my *ss. Easy schedule allows you to make playoffs each year!

  50. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm
    Goodell is priceless!
    So is your reaction….that of a sulking 12 year spoiled Brat……thanks you made my day showing your cowardly true self.
    —————————-
    I liked the part about Romo’s role in the “conspiracy,” as if there’s an NFL Deep State, and the network announcers are all Deep State actors who take orders from the Goodell cartel. Just when you thought you’d heard it all. LOL

  51. As a head coach, Bill Belichick had a losing record in Cleveland and was fired for that. His only success as a head coach has been with Brady. When Brady retires, you can be sure Bill will be right on his coattails as he has the entire run…..he knows if he stays on, he’ll be exposed as the same coach he was prior to Brady….losing record.

  52. Glad to hear the Steelers won their Superbowl this week. Now considering the historical playoff failures against Bortles and Tebow, I suppose Tomlin should start studying Lamar Jackson for his next embarrassing loss?

  53. This Patriot team has the worst offensive line in years.
    This Patriot team has some big deficits in its primary defensive players that, so far, cannot be covered by schemes.
    Bottom line, due to no fault of Brady, this Patriot team lacks the talent and offensive line discipline to succeed in the playoffs.
    Those offensive line penalties are proof that no QB, including Brady in his prime, can consistently overcome bad offensive line play.

  54. Glad to hear the Steelers won their Superbowl this week. Now considering the historical playoff failures against Bortles and Tebow, I suppose Tomlin should start studying Lamar Jackson for his next embarrassing loss?

    ***

    You lost to Flacco and Sanchez in the playoffs LOL

  55. NHPats says:

    December 16, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Glad to hear the Steelers won their Superbowl this week. Now considering the historical playoff failures against Bortles and Tebow, I suppose Tomlin should start studying Lamar Jackson for his next embarrassing loss?

    _______________

    Are you still blitzing for 6? Steelers are sitting on 6.

  56. Steelers end a 3 game losing streak thanks to refs so biased they’d be laughed out of the WWE and all of a sudden you’re the greatest of all time. Say hi to the Saints for us while you continue to blow your own division lead.

  57. Yes… dynasty is over. Look at the 2 longest tenured dynasties in the super bowl era. Dallas from 66 to 82.. 17 years. 49ers from 81 to 97… 17 years. By my count cowboys went to 12 NFC championships and SF went to 9. After those 17 years it was quite awhile for those teams to make it back to a final 4.
    What’s it been for NE? 2001 to 2017… right? 12 AFC championships? It’s over.. it’s over.

  58. I love how the homers are blaming this loss on the refs. We all know officiating isn’t where it should be but this game was called fairly. Besides…9-5 isn’t a refs problem. The team (as always) benefits from playing in the AFC East. Still a benefit. But against the rest of the NFL they are pretty ordinary. Good win Steelers. And this from a Browns fan. Think I threw up in my mouth saying that 🙂

  59. Denny Crane says:
    December 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    NHPats says:
    December 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    Refs get it done*

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    Its the job of a team to not be in a position where the refs can make a difference. If they did not do that then they did not do their job. This is per Belichick who said that. Its true too.

    —————————————
    Thats because Belichick is detatched and looking to jump ship any day now. Tomlin’s crying and excuses shows he still cares.

  60. steelcurtainn says:
    December 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm
    But But…..I thought the Steelers couldn’t beat New England.

    —-

    It is extremely rare as you well know, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. I think I’d rather be on this side of it.

  61. sigbouncer says:
    December 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm
    Just like vs the Eagles in the Super Bowl last year, Brady chokes with the game on the line. Brady looked like a rookie throwing that interception instead of throwing it away and taking the field goal to put them within 1 point. Then Brady fails again in the redzone on their last possession.

    The game announcer (Jim Nantz?) fancied himself calling Brady Mr. Cool. This Brady guy is no Joe Cool (Montana). That much is for sure.’
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    I suspect it might be due to the fact Brady got them in the red zone in 7 plays.

    You realize the Steelers lost the turnover battle, right?

  62. objectivefbfan says:
    December 17, 2018 at 8:00 am
    I love how the homers are blaming this loss on the refs. We all know officiating isn’t where it should be but this game was called fairly. Besides…9-5 isn’t a refs problem. The team (as always) benefits from playing in the AFC East. Still a benefit. But against the rest of the NFL they are pretty ordinary. Good win Steelers. And this from a Browns fan. Think I threw up in my mouth saying that 🙂
    ========================
    How about 14 vs 4? No idea where 9 vs 5 came from ?!?!

    You realize the team has a better record outside of the AFC east, right? How much of a benefit is it again?

  63. dynastypolice says:
    December 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm
    As a head coach, Bill Belichick had a losing record in Cleveland and was fired for that. His only success as a head coach has been with Brady. When Brady retires, you can be sure Bill will be right on his coattails as he has the entire run…..he knows if he stays on, he’ll be exposed as the same coach he was prior to Brady….losing record.
    =========================
    Chuck Noll prior to his great run … 12-30
    Tom Landry prior to his great run … 35-46

  64. fireroger says:
    I suspect it might be due to the fact Brady got them in the red zone in 7 plays.

    You realize the Steelers lost the turnover battle, right?
    ————
    I don’t think I saw the Steelers lose anything yesterday.

  65. It is extremely rare as you well know, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. I think I’d rather be on this side of it.
    _____________________________________________________
    And I’d rather be a fan watching a team work on the other hand. Good Game New England. Lucky for them Big Ben was off or it would have been much worse.

  66. Every media outlet today is writing about that fake PI call that gave the Steelers an unearned TD. Yesterday’s officiating wasn’t even remotely fair. Whenever the Patriots got close to the goal line, another phantom holding or false start penalty would appear out of nowhere. Steelers definitely get an asterisk beside this “win.” They won’t get so lucky when they play a team that doesn’t have a giant beef with Goodell.

  67. Thats because Belichick is detatched and looking to jump ship any day now. Tomlin’s crying and excuses shows he still cares.

    Denny Crane, you need to be better than that . I would never say anything remotely close to that. So you can continue to hack my account like a true Coffee-hog…..imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

    Enjoyed the win, but enjoyed the display of poor sportsmanship by the Fanboys even more.

  68. The Patriots are coming off a run of 3 Super Bowls in 4 years. That’s what happened in 2005 also, and they struggled that year in a similar way.

    However, all that matters really is how you play when you get in the playoffs.

    The Patriots have proven this year that at their best they can play with anyone, however they are very inconsistent.

    Lets hope they win the next two and seal the division and then they click come playoff time.

  69. The officiating was bad at times, but the Patriots also made way too many mistakes at critical times. All of the penalties certainly weren’t the refs fault.

    The Patriots defense did ok score wise and held down the best players on the Steelers for the most part. The Patriots offense just didn’t get the job done.

  70. Ugly game Nice win for Steelers, hats off to them. I was hoping the Ravens might overtake the Steelers and win AFC North. Doesn’t look like that will happen now.

  71. youngnoizecom says:
    December 17, 2018 at 11:00 am
    Mikey T getting it done once again. Hate him all you want, the man is a winner.
    ======================
    ??!?!?!?!?!?

    Aren’t they 1-4 the past month?

  72. The Steelers are just an assembly line of WRs and RBs aren’t they? Pats run D is not good though. But Samuels looks like a really nice player. And Washington looks pretty good too.

  73. I love how the Patriot fans are whining about the reffs. The reffs basically handed the game last year to the Patriots with the “No catch” form Jesse James. I wouldn’t complain much Pats fan. Accept the loss.

  74. What about the 12 men on the field penalty against the Steelers where the Patriots were allowed to sub and the Steelers were not? Tomlin continued to argue that call into the next snap which was a blown coverage which led to the Hogan TD. That was a ref mistake that led to 7 points for the Patriots. And what about the phantom forward progress stopped play where the refs called it down by contact but when Tomlin threw the challenge flag, they called it down by contact. That should have been a fumble in favor of Steelers. But nobody talks about those plays.

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