The Steelers traveled to Foxboro today and came away with their first victory in New England since 1997, and they did so in resounding fashion, trouncing the New England Patriots by a score of 33 to 10.
Although the Steelers started the game slow, trailing for most of the first half until they tied it just inside the two minute warning, they exploded for 23 points in the second half, as the offense pounded the ball, Ben Roethlisberger threw prescision strikes, and the defense totally dominated a hapless Patriot offense.
Going into the game, Steel Curtain Rising had offered that Mike Tomlin had still yet to defeat a contender during his time in the NFL.
The Steelers romp over the Patriots may not have changed that, because New England looked anything like a contender out there today.
It was the Steelers most complete game of the season, save perhaps for the opener against New England, as Ben Roethlisberger found Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Nate Washington on key throws, and Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore, and Gary Russell made signifgant contributions to the running game.
What's more, the offensive line not only opened up holes for the running backs, it protected Ben well against the vaunted New England pass rush.
The defense was lead by James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Lawrence Timmons, James Farrior, and LaMarr Woodley, who all had a hand in created four New England turnovers on an afternoon where the New England Patriots would fail to convert a single third down.
The Steelers improve to 9-3, keeping them one game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens. But the Black and Gold will get no rest, as Dallas will travel to Heniz Field next week.
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