Postgame Takes

Xtra Points: Ups & downs, Bell rings

Ups and downs: There were ups and downs for Landry Jones, but in the end there weren't enough ups as the Steelers lost to the New England Patriots, 27-16, at Heinz Field.

Game action from Week 7 against the New England Patriots.

Jones completed 29 passes for 281 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. But he had 47 attempts, one interception, and a quarterback rating of 76.6. The Steelers also struggled on third down, converting only 5 of 16.

"I thought he did some good things," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "The red zone interception was unfortunate, but it wasn't going to be about Landry Jones' play for us tonight. It was going to be about the challenge that was presented to us in the manner in which we needed to play collectively in an effort to overcome that challenge. Largely, we were unsuccessful."

Jones was able to move the offense, but when they got in the redzone things didn't work.

"To be honest with you, we moved the ball up and down the field," said Jones.. "The issue was in the red zone. We kicked field goals instead of scoring touchdowns. And then we had that interception on like the second drive of the game and missed a couple field goals and then had a holding penalty on a touchdown pass. So, everyone had a hand in it. We have got to solve this red zone issue for us to be the offense that we want to be"

Missed opportunities: Antonio Brown, who caught seven passes for 106 yards and also had a 13-yard carry on a reverse, got banged-up when he got kneed in the quadriceps and spent some time on the sideline.

Brown came back, but was disappointed that the Steelers didn't take advantage of opportunities they had.

"We have to find a way to put points on the board," said Brown. "We had a couple of trips in the red zone and didn't find a way to put points on the board. When you are playing a good team, you have to score in those situations. It stings because we were right there. We left a couple of plays out there.A couple of opportunities where we could have had things go our way."

Bell rings: Le'Veon Bell did what he could, but his 149 yards from scrimmage weren't enough to help the offense put enough points on the board. Bell, who agreed that the team missed opportunities, carried the ball 21 times for 81 yards and had 10 receptions for 68 yards.

"We moved the ball well. It wasn't the game plan. It wasn't, sometimes, even execution," said Bell. "I think we were executing well. I think we moved the ball well. We just got to the red zone a lot of times and turned the ball over. You can't have that. You can't shoot yourself in the foot [and] put yourself in first-and-20. I mean, it is a small margin for error against a team like that. They are a good team too. When you are hurting yourself, putting yourself in first-and-long [or] second-and-long, or whatever it is, it's going to be hard to overcome that because they are good."

Doing their part: A look at what several Steelers' players did against the Patriots, despite the loss.

-Ryan Shazier was all over the field and finished with seven tackles. Jones also forced a fumble, had a fumble recovery and was credited with a quarterback pressure. - Ryan Shazier led the defense with 11 tackles, including a tackle for a loss.

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