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Patriots rally past Steelers

By: James Jackson
December 18, 2017

As the rain fell onto Heinz Field in Pittsburgh late Sunday night, fans were treated to an epic clash between two giants. The Patriots and Steelers always manage to have classic games when they face one another. Tom Terrific and Big Ben, a rivalry that never disappoints.

Early on, the game was back and forth. Then the Steelers took the lead and didn’t look back. The Patriots were no match for the Steelers running game. Le’Veon Bell ran for 117 yards and 1 touchdown.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a costly error on an extra point attempt, missing the kick causing the Patriots to be down by at least one point all night.

Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski had a big night after coming off a one game suspension last week against Miami. Gronkowski had 9 receptions for 168 yards.  Gronkowski made a key 2-point conversion for the Patriots in the fourth quarter giving them the lead with about a minute left.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a pass to tight end Jesse James where it appeared it was a clear touchdown. If the touchdown was confirmed, the Steelers would have the lead with under 30 seconds left. However, the touchdown was overturned on a controversial call. Game official Tony Corrente explained the decision to overturn the touchdown.

“As he hit the ground, the ball began to roll and rotate and the ball hit the ground, and that’s the end of it at that point.”

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. That one interception came on the very next play after the overturned touchdown. Patriots safety Duron Harmon grabbed the interception on a tipped pass from fellow teammate Eric Rowe. That interception sealed the win for the Patriots.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 298 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. With this 27-24 victory over the Steelers, the Patriots clinch the AFC East Championship for the ninth straight season.


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