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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. New England

Posted Dec 17, 2017

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 15 matchup vs. the New England Patriots.

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 15 game vs. the New England Patriots.

4:25 p.m. ET - Kickoff

4:29 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers received the opening kickoff after the Patriots won the toss and elected to defer. Le’Veon Bell touched the ball on each of the first four plays, but a holding penalty on David DeCastro on the game’s third snap set up a second-and-15. On that play, Bell took a handoff and started to run over the left side when a big hole opened up. But Bell tripped without being touched, and his gain was only 7 yards. An incomplete pass on third down, and the Steelers had to punt.

4:38 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a third-and-1 for the Patriots at their own 45-yard line on their opening possession. When Tom Brady attempted a quick pass to Danny Amendola just behind the line of scrimmage, T.J. Watt came across quickly and batted it down, but Cam Heyward was offside on the play. With a fresh set of down, Brady his Brandin Cooks on the next play for a 43-yard gain to the Pittsburgh 7-yard line. Two plays Later, Rex Burkhead plunged across the goal line from 1 yard out and the Patriots had a 7-0 lead with nine minutes left in the first quarter.

4:47 p.m. ET - What went right: It took the Steelers just 3:28 of clock time to tie the game after New England’s scored on its opening possession. Ben Roethlisberger completed 5-of-7 for 68 yards on the drive, including the touchdown that came on an 18-yard pass to Eli Rogers. Roethlisberger converted a third-and-4 with a 19-yard pass to Antonio Brown, and a third-and-10 with a 13-yard touch pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

4:54 p.m. ET - What went right: A sack by Cam Heyward for a loss of 8 yards ruined New England’s second possession, and New England was forced to punt on a fourth-and-9 from their own 36-yard line.

4:59 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Steelers 7, Patriots 7

5:07 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers took a 10-7 lead on a 51-yard field goal by Chris Boswell with 12:15 remaining in the second quarter, but it was a costly three points. After Martavis Bryant made a diving catch down the right sideline for a 39-yard gain to the New England 17-yard line to convert a third-and-8, Antonio Brown injured his left ankle on a pass in the middle of the end zone two plays later.

5:17 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The possession yielded a field goal that allowed New England to tie the game, 10-10, but the Steelers defense stiffened in the red zone, and the big play of the sequence was Mike Hilton breaking up a pass in the end zone for James Develin. The scoring drive was 61 yards in nine plays, and Stephen Gostkowski’s field goal was a 32-yarder. There was 9:04 left in the second quarter.

5:37 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers took a 17-10 lead with a 15-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard pass to Martavis Bryant that he caught one-handed in the end zone while being held by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. On the drive, Ben Roethlisberger completed 5-of-5 for 49 yards, including the touchdown to Bryant, and Le’Veon Bell rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught a pass for 13 more. The drive ate up 8:39 of the second quarter and left the Patriots with just 25 seconds following the touchdown. New England took a knee following the kickoff, and the Steelers led, 17-10 at halftime.

5:40 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 17, Patriots 10

6:05 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Patriots took the second half kickoff and drive 75 yards in 12 plays, with the drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Brandin Cooks. On the drive, Brady completed 6-of-7 for 58 yards, including the touchdown. He also completed a 10-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Steelers 16-yard line. Stephen Gostkowski was wide left on the extra point attempt, and the Steelers still led, 17-16.

6:18 p.m. ET - What went right: Vince Williams came up with an interception with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter. It was a third-and-2 from the New England 33-yard line, and as Tom Brady was trying to get the ball to running back James White, Javon Hargrave applied pressure up the middle. Vince Williams intercepted the pass and returned it 12 yards to the Patriots 22-yard line.

6:22 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers offense needed five plays to cover the 22 yards and score the touchdown that extended their lead to 24-16. Le’Veon Bell carried four times for 14 yards, including the 3-yard touchdown, and Ben Roethlisberger converted a third-and-1 with an 8-yard pass to Xavier Grimble.

6:31 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Steelers 24, Patriots 16

6:47 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers first possession of the fourth quarter was off to a nice start before it was ruined by a holding penalty on Al Villanueva. And it also cost the Steelers another offensive player, when James Conner sustained what appeared to be an injury to his left knee. The Patriots took the ball with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter and the Steelers holding a 24-16 lead.

6:56 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Patriots drove to the Steelers 21-yard line where they faced a third-and-10 with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter. Bud Dupree beat right tackle Cameron Fleming and sacked Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss that had Stephen Gostkowski come on to kick a 46-yard field goal that cut the Steelers lead to 24-19.

7:10 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Patriots took a 27-24 lead on a five-play 77-yard drive, with 69 of those yards coming on three completions to Rob Gronkowski. The touchdown was scored on a short run by Dion Lewis, and then the 2-point conversion play was another pass to Gronkowski. The Steelers got the ball following the ensuing kickoff with 52 seconds left in the game.

7:19 p.m. ET - Final Score: Patriots 27, Steelers 24

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