NFL: Steelers Break Brady Jinx, Get a Rare Win Over Pats
Washington. Pittsburgh finally solved its Tom Brady problem, defeating the New England Patriots 25-17 on Sunday to end the superstar quarterback’s long reign over the Steelers.
The Steelers had lost six of their seven games against the Patriots with Brady as their starting quarterback. That included the teams’ last four meetings.
This time, however, the Steelers found a way to stop the league’s most prolific attack this season.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns, completing 36 of 50 passes and guiding his team through a series of drives that ate up time and kept Brady and the New England offense off the field.
The Steelers held the ball for more than 39 minutes and thwarted a late rally by the Patriots to notch their fourth straight win.
“It’s been all Tom Brady versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and looking back on the past, how he’s owned the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I think everybody forgot about our offense a little bit and the things they’ve been doing out there,” Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “I think they took that a little personal.”
Brady, who lost to the Steelers for only the second time ever, passed for two touchdowns but threw for a season-low 198 yards.
Even so, New England pulled within six points of the Steelers with 2:35 to play when Brady connected with Aaron Hernandez on a one-yard touchdown pass.
However, the Patriots’ last-chance drive ended with eight seconds remaining when Brady was sacked.
“There was a poor level of execution,” Brady said. “We all have to individually look in the mirror and figure out what we need to get better at.”
The Steelers improved to 6-2. With the unbeaten 7-0 Packers idle, San Francisco and Detroit also picked up their sixth wins of the season.
The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 to improve to 6-1, while Detroit, which had lost two straight after a 5-0 start, sacked Denver quarterback Tim Tebow seven times en route to a 45-10 victory that took its record to 6-2.
The St. Louis Rams, perhaps buoyed by the St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series baseball triumph, shocked the New Orleans Saints 31-21 for their first victory of the season.
The Dolphins and Colts, however, remained winless. The New York Giants dealt Miami a 20-17 defeat while Tennessee beat Indianapolis 27-10 as Colts quarterback Curtis Painter was sacked and intercepted twice each.
Baltimore engineered the biggest comeback in Ravens history, beating Arizona 30-27 after trailing 24-3 in the second quarter.