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Patriots 21 - 18 Steelers summary stats, scores and highlights | NFL Week 14

Update:
The New England Patriots won their third game of the season thanks to three first half Bailey Zappe TDs to complicate the Steelers playoff chances.

Have a look at all of the Week 14 games coming up with AS English 

- Battle of the backup QBs

- Two of the bottom five offenses in the league

- Lowest Over/Under since 2005 at 30 points 

- Pats score TD on opening drive

- Zappe with 3 TDs in the first half

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The New England Patriots win just their third game of the season and they do it against a playoff hopeful that just saw their post season chance get a little slimmer. The Steelers lose their second straight game, and both of those losses came to teams with 10+ losses. How will Pittsburgh bounce back after a two game slide late in the season?

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The Steelers tried a trick play with an end around to Heyward ended up throwing it, and almost having it picked off. On second down, Trubisky snuck it in and then hit Pat Freiermuth for the two point conversion to close the Pats to within three early in the 4th quarter. 

Trubisky ended the night with 190 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT but that probably won't be enough to calm the nerves of Steelers fans in the absence of Kenny Pickett. 

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The Steelers came up with a big pick, their only turnover of the night but Trubisky and the offense got stopped on 4th and short inside the 10. On the ensuing drive it was the special teams that came up with a big play to give the Steelers great field position to set up their second TD of the night. 

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The Steelers showed a sign of life late in the second quarter when Mitch Trubisky hit Diontae Johnson on this 25 yard TD pass right before the half to give the frustrated fans hope in Pittsburgh. 

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Zappe looked like Tom Brady for 30 minutes in Pittsburgh. He had 150+ yards and 3 TDs in the first half including his second to Hunter, and ended up with 240 yards and three TDs with 1 INT that made things interesting in the second half. 

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A few plays after the INT, Bailey Zappe hit Hunter Henry in the back of the endzone for New England's second TD of the first half. Pittsburgh's defense didn't look themselves in the first half, and it could have been attributed to the injury to TJ Watt on the first play of the night. He played through the pain, but neither he nor the Steelers looked themselves, especially in the first half. 

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For as bad as the offense was for the Pats over the last month, the defense held their opponents to 10 points or less in their last three games, something that has never been done in the NFL before. Jabrill Peppers picked off Mitch Trubisky who was booed early and often by the crowd at Acrisure. 

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The Patriots came in to Thursday night averaging 12 points per game and just over 4 pgg over their previous three games, but they came out and drove right down the field on the opening drive of the night. Bailey Zappe started his fantastic first half with this 11 yard TD pass to Ezekiel Elliott who stepped in to the starting role with Rhamondre Stevenson injured. 

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It's all over! Trubisky's pass to Robinson is caught but after an attempted lateral the Pats recover and New England hangs on to hand the Steelers their second straight loss, both coming in Pittsburgh. 

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PIT take over from the 13 and Trubisky finds Johnson who gets out of bounds with 7 seconds after a 24 yard gain. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 37. 

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Zappe is stopped for no gain! The Pats will have 4th an inches with 22 seconds on the clock!

4th and inches coming up and the Steelers will get it back!

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After the play was reviewed Elliott was ruled short of the maker, so the Pats will have 3rd and inches from the PIT 39. 

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Elliott finds a hole and races towards the marker for a first down and that is going to do it!

The Pats are going to win their third game of the year, while the Steelers drop their second straight to a 10+ loss team and their playoff chances take a big hit after tonight. 

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A false start on Henry backs the Pats up 5 yards, and Elliot picks up 2 on first down. Timeout PIT, their last with 1:51 on the clock. 

2nd and 13 from the NE 49. 

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TURNOVER ON DOWNS!!!

Trubisky goes deep on 4th and short and his pass to Johnson his overthrown! NE take over on downs as we hit the Two Minute Warning!

1st and 10 from the PIT 49 and the Pats are this close to their 3rd win of the season.

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Trubisky fires a missle to Pickens but that pass was too far out in front of him and that brings up 4th down. 

4th and 2 from the PIT 49. 

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Quick pass to Johnson on the right side and he gets out of bounds with 2:05 left after an 8 yard gain. 

3rd and 2 from the PIT 49. 

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Trubisky's pass to the right side for Johnson was a little too high and the clock stops with 2:09 to go. 

2nd and 10 from the PIT 41. 

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Trubisky dumps it off to Harris and he takes it 12 yards for a first down with under 2:20 to go. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 41. 

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Trubisky over the middle for Freiermuth who got his hands to the high pass, but it falls incomplete. 

2nd and 10 from the PIT 27. 

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PIT will take over fro their 27 with 2:44 to go. This is it. This is most likely the Steelers last chance to tie or win it. 

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`Elliott gets the handoff out of the shotgun and he is dropped a yard short of the marker by Heyward. 

4th and 1 and the Steelers come up with a huge three and out. 

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Elliiott picks up another 4 yards on a run up the middle. 

3rd and 2 from the NE 22. 

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Elliott with the run on first down and he takes it 4 yards up the middle. 

2nd and 6 from the NE 18. 

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A flag flew and the entire stadium though the Pats jumped offside but the refs call a false start on the center Kuntz!

PIT end up punting down to the NE 14 on 4th and 8 with 4:58 to go in the fourth quarter. 

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Trubisky pressured and throws it out of bounds which will bring up 4th down. 

4th and 3 from the PIT 38. 

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Trubisky goes back to Pickens in the flat but he is taken down after a no gain. 

3rd and 3 from the PIT 38. 

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Trubisky finds PIckens on the short stop route to the right side for 7 yards. 

2nd and 3 from the PIT 38. 

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Trubisky moves the chains with a QB sneak up the middle!

1st and 10 from the PIT 31. 

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Trubisky finds Freiermuth on the slant and he makes the catch but will be just short of the marker!

4th and inches and the Steelers will take a timeout with 7:13 on the clock. 

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Screen pass set up for Warren and that was almost picked after he threw it into traffic. 

3rd and 6 from the PIT 24. 

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PIT start their drive from the 20 and Trubisky hits Harris out of the backfield for a 4 yard gain to the left side. 

2nd and 6 from the PIT 24. 

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Zappe to Smith-Schuster on the left side and he stretches for the first down along the side line but he is short of the marker!

4th and 1 from the NE 44 and the Pats will punt for the 7th time. 

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Zappe tucks it and slides after a short gain of a yard. 

3rd and 9 from the NE 28. 

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Elliott was hit in the backfield by Watt and he was lucky to get back to the line of scrimmage. 

2nd and 10 from the NE 35. 

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Elliott gets just enough for the first down on a short run of maybe a yard. 

1st and 10 from the NE 35. 

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NE start their drive from the 25 and Elliott gets the pass to the flat on the left side which he takes 9 yards on first down. 

2nd and 1 from the NE 34. 

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The blocked punt leads to a Trubisky QB sneak after a trick play almost led to an INT on first down. 

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After failing to convert a 4th down inside the 10, the Steelers D made a stand and the special teams came up with a blocked punt to set PIT put with great field position. 

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TOUCHDOWN STEELERS!!!

Trubisky with a QB sneak up the middle, and the Steelers go for two. Freiermuth with the catch after a laser from Trubisky and we have a one possession game. 

NE lead 21-18 from 11:44 left in the fourth quarter!

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PIT try the end around to Heyward and he ends up throwing it but that was almost picked off by Wilson! Disaster avoided for PIT. 

2nd and Goal from the NE 1. 

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Trubisky looking for Freiermuth in the endzone and a flag flies for pass interference! 

PIT have 1st and Goal from the 1 yard line after the penalty on Jackson. 

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Play action from Trubisky who floats it over a defenders hand and finds Washington on the right side. He takes it 12 yards for a first down inside the 10!

1st and 10 from the NE 8. 

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Harris gets the handoff up the middle and he picks up 6 yards on first down. 

2nd and 4 from the NE 20. 

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NEW ENGLAND'S PUNT IS BLOCKED AND PIT TAKE OVER FROM THE NE 26!!!

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Zappe rolls right and looks for Thornton on the sideline but Porter jumped the route and almost came up with the pick. 

4th and 2 and the Pat will punt. 

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Elliott up the middle and he takes it 5 yards to bring up 3rd and 2 from the NE 15. 

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Zappe finds Thornton on the right side for a short gain of 3 on first down. 

2nd and 7 from the NE 10. 

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TURNOVER ON DOWNS!

PIT keep their offense on the field and Trubisky flips it to Warren out of the backfield and he is stopped a yard short of the marker!

NE take over at their 7 after a big stop inside the 10!

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Trubisky tucks it and runs up the middle and slid down a couple yards short of the marker! That is going to be the last play of the third quarter and the Steelers have some thinking to do over the break. 

4th and 3 from the NE 9 coming up with the Steelers trailing 21-10. 

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Trubisky had to throw it away after nothing opened up down field. 

3rd and 9 from the NE 15. 

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Harris to the right side and he is stopped after a gain of one. 

2nd and 9 from the PIT 15. 

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INTERCEPTION!!!

Just when the Steelers needed it, their defense comes up with a big play! Zappe was looking for Smith-Schuster and Roberts tipped it up in the air for Walker who takes it 30 yards inside the 20!

1st and 10 from the NE 16 from PIT. 

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Elliott moves the chains with a four yard run to the right side. 

1st and 10 from the NE 43. 

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Elliott is dropped at the line of scrimmage by Herbig and Fitzpatrick. 

3rd and 3 from the NE 39. 

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NE get the ball back at their 31 and Elliott gets 8 yards up the middle on first down. 

2nd and 2 from the NE 39. 

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Pickens with a one handed catch over the middle, but he is dragged down short of the first down marker and the Steelers go three and out. 

4th and 3 from the PIT 33. 

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Harris to the right side and he is stopped for a loss of 1 by Jennings. 

3rd and 6 from the PIT 30. 

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PIT start their drive from the 26 needing some points on this drive. Trubisky finds Pickens with a short pass on first down and that goes for 5 yards. 

2nd and 5 from the PIT 31. 

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Zappe is dropped by Heyward on third down for a loss of 8 yards and the Pats will punt. 

4th and long from the NE 31. 

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Elliott with the carry up the middle out of the shotgun and he gets 5 yards. 

3rd and 7 from the NE 39. 

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Pass to the flat for Elliott on the left side and he gets 8 yards on first and long. 

2nd and 12 from the NE 34. 

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Zappe's pass is batted down at the line and a holding penalty will back the Pats up 10 yards. 

1st and 20 from the NE 26. 

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NE take over from the 20 and Elliott gets the screen pass, taking it 16 yards down the left side to open the drive. 

1st and 10 form the NE 36. 

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Trubisky is swallowed up by Baremore and Dugger for a 7 yard sack and the Steelers will punt. 

4th and long from the 50. 

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Short pass from Trubisky to Robinson was batted down by Bryant on the right side. 

3rd and 9 from the NE 44. 

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Warren is stopped after a gain of a yard on the first down run to the left side. 

2nd and 9 from the NE 44. 

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Screen pass to Warren on the left side and he follows his blockers for an 8 yard gain and a first down!

1st and 10 from the NE 45. 

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Harris with the run to the right side and he cuts back for a 7 yards pick up on first down!

2nd and 3 from the PIT 47. 

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Trubisky found Heyward on a short pass to the right side, and he leaps over a defender and stretches for a first down!

1st and 10 from the PIT 40!

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Warren picks up the yardage he lost last play on a run to the left side. 

3rd and 10 from the PIT 30. 

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The Steelers go back to their bag of tricks and this time Warren is brought down for a loss of 7 after the reverse. 

2nd and 17 from the PIT 23. 

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Short stop route to Freiermuth and he gets the first down with a 7 yard pick up. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 30. 

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Harris gets the draw up the middle and he gets 6 yards to bring up 3rd and short. 

3rd and 4 from the PIT 23. 

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Trubisky hits Harris out of the backfield but he is take down at the line of scrimmage. 

2nd and 10 from the PIT 17. 

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WE ARE BACK IN PITTSBUGH FOR THE SECOND HALF OF ACTION!

PIT get the ball to start the third quarter and they will open up their drive from the 17. 

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Trubisky has heard his fair share of boos tonight, but he stuck it out and finally showed a sign of life with this 25 yard dime to Diontae Johnson. 

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Zappe has been incredible through the first two quarters. He is 14/21 for 196 yards and 3 TDs including his second of the night to Hunter Henry. 

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The Pats defense has been the only respectable part of this Pats team over the last month. Peppers came up with the pick that set up the second NE TD of the night. 

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The Pats came into tonight having scored just 13 points total in their last three games and start this game with an opening drive TD. Elliiott's TD got the Pats into the endzone for the first time since their game against the Giants after getting shutout last Sunday. 

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PIT get the ball at the 9 yard line and they will take a knee as we head to halftime here from Pittsburgh. 

The Pats lead 21-10 after a fantastic half from Bailey Zappe. 

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Elliott up the middle and he gets 7 yards as the clock runs under a minute. 

4th and long from the NE 39 and the Pats will punt. 

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Elliott is swarmed for a loss of one by Fitzpatrick and the Steelers take their last timeout. 

3rd and 21 from the NE 32 coming up. 

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Zappe is sacked by Roberts for a loss of 10 yards and the Steelers take their second TO with 1:18 on the clock. 

2nd and 20 from the NE 33. 

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Zappe to the right side for Henry on the stop route right at the marker for an 8 yard gain and first down. 

1st and 10 from the NE 42 with 1:30 to go. 

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Zappe's pass to the right side was low and short for Montgomery. 

3rd and 7 from the NE 35. 

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Short pass to the right side and Thorton picks up 3 yards which will take us to the Two Minute Warning. 

2nd and 7 from the NE 35 coming up after the break. 

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Out route from Montgomery and he turns the corner for a 17 yard catch and run up the left sideline. 

1st and 10 from the NE 32. 

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NE take over from the 11 after a late hit on the Pats, and Elliott gets 4 yards on the run up the middle. Timeout PIT with 2:41 on the clock. 

2nd and 6 from the 15 coming up. 

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This 25 yard pass should quiet down some of those boo birds around the stadium here in Pittsburgh. The Steelers show a sign off life late in the first half. 

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TOUCHDOWN STEELERS!!!

Harris picks up the blitz on the right side and Trubisky throws a dime off his back foot to Johnson for a 25 yard TD and the Steelers finally show a sign on life!

NE lead 21-10 and this game has gone over 30 in the first half and we still have 2:50 to go in the second quarter!

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Warren gets the handoff on the left side and gets 5 yards on first down. 

2nd and 5 from the NE 25. 

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Pass incomplete for Freiermuth on out route to the right side, but a flag flies for pass interference and that will give the Steelers a first down. 

1st and 10 from the NE 30. 

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Warren with a tough run up the middle on first down and he gets 5 yards. 

2nd and 5 from the NE 35. 

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Trubisky on the QB sneak and he moves the chains with a gain of 2. 

1st and 10 from the NE 40. 

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Harris to the left side and he picks up 4 yards leaving 3rd and inches. 

3rd and 1 from the NE 42. 

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Turbisky to the right side for Heyward and he picks up 5 yards on first down. 

2nd and 5 from the NE 46. 

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Reverse from the Steelers and it's Austin going from right to left for 12 yards and a first down. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 49. 

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PIT take oer from the 25 and Warren gets the pass out of the backfield and takes it 12 yards on the right side. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 37. 

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TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS!!!

Zappe with the pump fake and he lays a dime down the left sideline right into the hands of Henry over the safeys hand for a 24 yard TD!

NE lead 21-3 and they are running away with it!

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Zappe over the middle and he finds Smith-Schuster for a 28 yard catch and run and a first down inside the 25. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 24. 

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Zaape looks over the middle for Brown on the short pass for 4 yards. 

3rd and 3 from the NE 48. 

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NE get the ball back from the 41 and Elliott picks up 3 yards to the right side. 

2nd and 7 from the NE 44. 

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Trubisky going down the right sideline for Johnson and that pass hits off the WRs hands, but it was always going to be a tough catch. 

4th and 5 from the PIT 25 and the Steelers punt again with under 10 minutes to go. 

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Warren got the handoff and picked up 2 yards, and an illegal formation will be declined. 

3rd and 5 from the PIT 25. 

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Trubisky with a scramble to the right side and he gets 3 yards after the Steelers take over from the 20. 

2nd and 7 from the PIT 23. 

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Where has this been from the Patriots all year? With the way their defense is playing lately, a couple TDs might just be enough. 

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Check down to Elliott in the flat and he got 7 yards on the left side, but is short of the first down. 

4th and 4 from the NE 34 and the Pats will punt. 

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Zappe over the middle for Elliott and that pass was dropped. 

3rd and 11 from the PIT 27. 

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NE start their drive at the 28 yard line and Elliott slips behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of one. 

2nd and 11 from the NE 27. 

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Trubisky is almost picked again looking for Johnson on the out route to the left side. 

4th and 7 and the Steelers will punt. 

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Freiermuth makes the catch on the right side for a gain of 7 to make it 3rd and manageable. 

3rd and 8 from the PIT 27. 

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PIT get the ball at the 25 and Harris is wrapped up for a loss of 5 yards. 

2nd and 15 from the PIT 20. 

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The boo birds are already starting to rain down in Acrisure, and some are calling for the 3rd string Qb Mason Rudolph. 

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TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS!!!

Zappe goes over the middle for Henry in the back of the endzone and the Pats are on the board for the second time tonight!

NE lead 14-3 a minute into the second quarter!

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Elliott gets the handoff on first down and he picks up 3 yards. Highsmith goes down and stays down, and that's now both of the Steelers best defenders that have gone down in this first half. 

2nd and 7 from the PIT 8. 

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INTERCEPTION!!!

On 3rd and 10 from the 27, Trubisky is picked off by Peppers on an intended pass for Freiermuth and he takes it 22 yards to the PIT 11!

1st and 10 NE from the PIT 11. 

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Trubisky with a scramble to the right side that goes for just a yard, and that will bring us to the end of the first quarter. A lot more action than we were expecting. 

NE leads 7-3 after scoring on their opening drive. 

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Harris is wrapped up in the backfield on first down, losing a yard. 

2nd and 11 from the PIT 26. 

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Pass to Warren out of the backfield and he picks up 8 yards and a first down on the left side. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 27. 

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PIT start their drive from the 15 and Harris gets the toss to the right side, getting 4 yards on first down. 

2nd and 6 from the PIT 19. 

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Zappe looking for Smith-Schuster on the right hash but that pass was broken up by Porter and the Pats will punt. 

4th and 10 from the PIT 45. 

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Zappe's pass to Reager on the left side was behind the WR and falls incomplete. 

3rd and 10 from the NE 38. 

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Zappe felt the heat and ended up throwing it away on the right sideline. 

2nd and 10 from the PIT 45. 

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Zappe steps up in the pocket and fires a bullet over the middle for Smith-Schuster for a 17 yard pick up and another first down!

1st and 10 from the PIT 45. 

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NE start their drive from the 27 after the punt and Zappe finds Thorton on the out route to the right side for a gain of 11 yards. 

1st and 10 from the NE 38. 

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Trubisky goes deep down the left side for Robinson and that pass over overthrown by 10 yards. 

4th and 6 and the Steelers will punt. 

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Harris gets the handoff and he picks up four yards on the carry to the right side. 

3rd and 6 from the PIT 25. 

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PIT start their drive from the 21 and Trubisky's pass to Freiermuth is dropped on the right side. 

2nd and 10 from the PIT 21. 

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Screen pass set up for Elliott but he is taken down after a gain of 9, well short of the first down marker. 

4th and 8 from the NE 27. 

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Zappe found Henry over the middle for a first down, but an offensive pass interference flag will back the Pats up and take the first down off the board. 

3rd and 17 from the NE 18. 

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Elliott gets the handoff up the middle and he is brought down on a thre yard run up the middle. 

3rd and 7 from the NE 28. 

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NE take over from the 25 and Zappe goes deep for Thorton but that pass was overthrown by a couple yards. 

2nd and 10 from the NE 25. 

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FIELD GOAL!!!

The Steelers answer back with a 56 yard field goal and so far we have a shootout in Pittsburgh!

NE leads 7-3 with 6:39 to go in the first quarter. 

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Trubisky tried to tuck and run but Wilson was there to bring him down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of one. 

4th and 9 from the NE 38 and the FG unit comes on. 

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Toss to the right side for Warren and he is taken down for a loss of two by Judon. 

3rd and 8 from the NE 37. 

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Trubisky to the right side for Pickens on a short pass of 4 yards along the sideline. 

2nd and 6 from the NE 33. 

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Trubisky was picked off looking for Pickens, but a flag flies for pass interference and the Steelers will get the ball in NE territory after the penalty. 

1st and 10 from the NE 39. 

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Harris gets the handoff again and Harris drives the pile for a gain of 3. 

3rd and 6 from the 50. 

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Harris gets the handoff on first down and he takes it for a yard up the middle. 

2nd and 9 from the PIT 47. 

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The Steelers start their first drive from the 31 and Trubisky tucks it and runs down the right side for a gain of 15 yards!

1st and 10 from the PIT 46. 

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After not scoring a single point all game against the Chargers, the Pats take just three minutes and some change to get into the endzone tonight. 

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TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS!!!

Are you kidding me? The Pats are into the endzone on the first drive of the game, with an 11 yard TD pass from Zappe to Elliott out of the backfield!

NE lead 7-0 less than 4 minutes into this game. 

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Elliott up the middle and he is stopped after a gain of three up the middle. 

2nd and 7 from the PIT 13. 

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Zappe didn't find anything down the field so he tucks it and runs for an 11 yard scramble and a first down. 

1st and 10 from the PIT 16. 

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Zappe throws it out of bounds after his short pass to the flat was denied. 

3rd and 9 from the PIT 25. 

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Elliott gets the handoff on first down and he gets a yard. 

2nd and 9 from the PIT 25. 

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Zappe goes deep down the left sideline to Smith-Schuster and he reels it in for a gain of 37 yards! How about this start from the Pats???

1st and 10 from the PIT 26. 

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Zappe finds Elliott out of the backfield and he picks up 12 yards on the screen to the right side. 

1st and 10 from the NE 37. 

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Elliott gets the handoff on first down and he is stopped for no gain, and TJ Watt is slow to get up. That's just what the Steelers don't need tonight and for the rest of the season. 

2nd and 10 from the NE 25. 

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WE ARE UNDERWAY FROM PITTSBURGH!!! 

Get ready for a wild ride from Acrisure. Steelers won the toss and they differed so the Pats take over from the 25 to start the game. 

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Tonight's odds

We have already talked about the Over/Under so let's focus on the spread. The Steelers are 5.5 point favorites over the Pats tonight from Acrisure. 

I like the Steelers to win this game, but I don't think they have the offensive firepower to "blowout" the Pats. I'm taking New England to keep it close tonight in Pittsburgh. 

Steelers win 13-10.

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Stevenson out

One of the Patriots only forms of offense this season will be unavailable tonight against the Steelers. Rhamondre Stevenson suffered a high ankle sprain against the Chargers last week and he will be out for a “few weeks.” Of the 16 TDs the Pats offense has scored this season, Stevenson has scored four, and his 857 total yards (619 rushing and 238 receiving) accounts for almost a quarter of all the yards the Pats have gained this season. An already stagnant offense will have to find a way to make up for his absence and more. 

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Offensive offenses 

OFFENSIVE OFFENSES 

Get ready for a stinkfest tonight from Pittsbugh. I hate to put it so bluntly, but there is no other way to hype this game up. Both of these offenses are bottom five of the league in a season that is becoming notorious for having some of the worst teams we have seen EVER. Pittsburgh is averaging 16 points a game (28th in the league), while the Pats are averaging 12.3 points an outing (32nd in the league). Only 11 teams in the NFL era have averaged less points for a season, with the 1992 Seattle Seahawks taking the cake with just 8.8 points scored a game. Aside from these eye popping stats, the Pats are averaging 4 points a game over their last three games.  Tonight’s Over/Under is set at 30 which is the lowest total points expected by the bookmakers since the Bears and the Steelers played to a 21-9 final in December of 2005.

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Standings

AFC Standings

Looking at the standings in the AFC, we see the Steelers somehow in second in the AFC North and if the season ended today, they would be the first Wild Card Spot which would set them up with a first round match up against the Jacksonville who currently have the worst record of any of the division leaders at 8-4. Behind Pittsburgh sit a load of teams just waiting for them to slip. Cleveland and Indy would be the other Wild Card teams if the season ended today, also at 7-5, while the Texans (7-5), Denver (6-6), Buffalo (6-6) and Cincinnati (6-6) are knocking on the door. The Chargers and Raiders also have an outside chance, each at 5-7, but that would be a long shot for both of those teams. The Pats don’t have to worry about the playoffs, instead they will be eyeing a top draft pick, and at the moment they would get the 2nd overall pick after the Bears who have the right to Carolina’s first round pick this spring. 

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Watt more can he do?

The Steelers defense has made a living off of making game winning plays to cover the butts of their apathetic offense. Tonight will be no different, especially with their back up quarterback under center. The Steelers offense has scored 16 total touchdowns, the defense has scored two off a pick six and a fumble recovery, and they have come up with 12 INTs and 16 fumbles this year. Tonight TJ Watt will be on the prowl looking for another game changing play to keep the Steelers in the playoff hunt. 

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He's their guy

There is no one we can really highlight for either team in tonight’s match up so lets go to the other side of the ball. Something must be said for the way the Pats defense has performed over the last few weeks. New England might be a laughing stock of the league but their defense should be praised for doing something that has never been done in the NFL. They have held their opponents to 10 points or less in their last three games and but lost all three of those games. Tonight more than ever, it’s going to be up to Lawrence Guy and the rest of the D to come up with some big plays and maybe a pick six or fumble recovery for a TD. 

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Pats last week 

What can we say about the Patriots last game? Not much. They did absolutely nothing on the offensive end, and if we have to give them some credit we can say that the defense held the Chargers to just two field goals all game. Despite the defenses best efforts, holding a team to 6 points wasn’t enough to top LA in Foxborough last week. The Pats outgained the Chargers 257 to 241, but neither team got into the red zone and the Pats didn’t even get into a position to even think about a field goal. The closest they got was when they had the ball at the LA 31 but Rhamondre Stevenson fumbled and got injured brining their closes drive to scoring range to an end. New England punted seven times and on their last two possessions, they turned it over on downs on their final two possessions to drop their fifth straight game. Forgive the highlight or lack there of. 

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Steelers last week  

The Steelers offense laid another dud just a week after putting up 400+ yards against the Bengals in their first game without Matt Canada as their offensive coordinator. Kenny Pickett was injured in the first half, but even before he suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out for the next few weeks, they couldn’t move the ball against an Arizona defense that is far from one of the league’s top units. Right after Pickett’s injury, the Steelers were stopped on 4th and Goal from the one and the Cardinals went 99 yards and scored a TD to “put the game out of reach.” Former Steeler James Connor would sentence Pittsburgh with two second half rushing TDs and by the time Trubisky worked the Steelers into the end zone it was much too late for a comeback. 

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We are live from Acrisure Stadium  

Hello everyone and welcome to the Steel City where the Steelers are currently holding on to a Wild Card by the skin of their teeth. They have had essentially no offense all season and tonight they will be without their starting quarterback, Kenny Pickett. It will be up to Mitch Trubisky and the running game to lead Pittsburgh against a Patriots team that has been nonexistent on the offensive side of the ball. The Pats are hoping to finish the season off with what little bit of dignity that remains while playing spoiler to teams like the Steelers, and tonight they have a perfect opportunity. Don’t expect many points for Acrisure Stadium tonight, because these teams don’t know how to score points. 

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Pats vs. Steelers live  

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot riding of each and every game for the rest of the season, and their final playoff push starts tonight against the lowly New England Patriots. It’s going to be an offensive struggle from Acrisure Stadium and AS English will be with you all night providing live coverage, stats, highlights and analysis from tonight’s Thursday Night match up to start Week 14. 

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