All Rights Reserved. Observations from Sunday’s AFC East encounter in Orchard Park. Watch our How-To Videos to … 25 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri (NWE) is good. Professional football is no different; there have been many heavyweight fights in the history of the NFL. All NFL News 2020 AFC East Standings By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. For the Steelers, the season had turned on the play of their rookie quarterback. On the next play, Dillon took a straight handoff and sprinted 25 yards for the touchdown and a 31-10 bulge for New England. The play officially was scored as a fumble recovered by Mike Vrabel, but that happened at the spot where Bettis had been stoned by linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy.

Heading into the matchup, the team rode a 15-game winning streak and the number one defense in the league. ", Branch 60 pass from Brady (Vinatieri kick), Givens 9 pass from Brady (Vinatieri kick), Harrison 87 interception return (Vinatieri kick), Ward 30 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick), Burress 7 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick), Steelers qualify as battle-tested after a second straight last-play victory gets them to 7-0, Coach Mike Tomlin appreciates where the Steelers are right now, but also knows tomorrow brings a new challenge, Triggered the offense during the second half comeback that led to win over the Ravens, Steelers remain unbeaten, improve to 7-0 on the season, © 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers. There still was 2:31 left in the first half, but now the Patriots were leading, 24-3. The other thing that's impressive is that he's not turning the ball over. Ben DiNucci is sacked and fumbles the football, which is recovered by Rodney McLeod and returned for a 53-yard Eagles touchdown. During that regular season, the Steelers and the Patriots were a combined 29-3, and based on what each had done to some of the other top competition around the league, this game would pit the two best teams in the NFL.

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) pass left side complete to Plaxico Burress (PIT) for a 4 yard touchdown. Learn about the Approximate Value Formula; Details on the Pro Football Reference Win Probability; Tips and Tricks from our Blog. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. "It looks like Roethlisberger may be that guy. Cam Newton’s reaction to his game-ending fumble against the Bills? New England took over at its own 40-yard line and on the very next play scored a 60-yard touchdown.

Roethlisberger completed an 8-yard pass to Tuman on second-and-6, and then he hooked up with Hines Ward for 28 to put the ball on the Patriots 37-yard line. Do you have a blog? "I wish I had the answers for you, but I really don't. Pittsburgh finally was able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a successful field goal attempt.

29 yard field goal by Jeff Reed (PIT) is good.

The Steelers’ next possession would not go any better for them. He finished the regular season with only 11 interceptions, but five of those came in his final three starts, and then he had thrown two more in the AFC Divisional Playoff win over the New York Jets. Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots. Patriots running back Corey Dillon had been injured and missed the regular season game, and during that afternoon New England also had lost cornerback Ty Law and left tackle Matt Light. This second one was good for 45 yards to the Steelers 14-yard line, and Brady finished things off two plays later with a 9-yard throw to wide receiver David Givens: 17-3. In an Oct. 31 game at Heinz Field, the Steelers had ended the Patriots' 21-game winning streak in a dominating fashion. They were too good to blow a 21-point lead in a contest of this significance, especially not when their quarterback was playing well. Facing a 3rd and 9 at Pittsburgh’s 23-yard line the Patriots, who were ahead 34-20 at that point, called an end around with Deion Branch as the ball carrier. For Pittsburgh, the second half started better than the first one ended. However, after exchanging punts, New England was back in scoring range and able to expand its lead: A short pass from Brady to David Givens gave the Patriots a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter– a lead, that would grow even further on the subsequent Steelers drive. "It was a big penalty," said Coach Bill Cowher. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. NFL footage © NFL Productions LLC. I'm very excited about the fact that it looks like the Steelers have someone they can depend on to lead the team for the next 14 years.

In between a couple of runs by Bettis, Roethlisberger completed passes of 12 and 34 yards to Randle El, and then Bettis burst through the left side for 5 yards and the touchdown that brought the Steelers back to 24-10. After moving the ball into scoring range, Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the day. The Patriots’ quarterback found a simple word to describe his game-deciding turnover.

It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Five plays later, New England led 3-0. In the fourth quarter, Cowher would come under fire for his decision to settle for a field goal from the 2-yard line, and a touchdown pass to Burress with 56 seconds left made the final, 41-27, but the Patriots always maintained control of the game. Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis combined for 190 yards rushing; Plaxico Burress caught two touchdown passes; Roethlisberger finished the day with a passer rating of 126.8; and the defense sacked Brady four times and intercepted him twice – one of which was returned for a touchdown by Deshea Townsend – on the way to a plus-four turnover ratio. In the playoffs, especially in those games that end with a trophy presentation, a quarterback cannot be careless with the ball. "You can't teach that; that's kind of instinct. That fourth down play, that was a huge play for our own psyche and our own state of mind. Tom Brady (NWE) pass left side intercepted by Deshea Townsend (PIT). It just happened at the wrong time. A significant factor in this run was Ben Roethlisberger, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to win his first 13 starts and did it while shattering Dan Marino's rookie records. Ward was open for the touchdown that would have brought the Steelers to 17-10 with 2:31 left in the half, but Roethlisberger's thought to "just move the ball down the field" induced a throw to Tuman in the flat. The Jets traded linebacker Avery Williamson and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Steelers for a 2022 fifth-round draft pick, a source confirmed. Patriots' second-quarter blitz stuns Steelers. NFL and the NFL shield design are registered trademarks of the National Football League.The team names, logos and uniform designs are registered trademarks of the teams indicated.

Then they hit another pass play, and then the run into the corner (of the end zone). Even though it originated in boxing, the term “heavyweight fight” has found its way into other other sports (and even beyond). The Patriots got one first down on the ensuing possession, but then a sack by linebacker Clark Haggans set up a third-and-17 from the New England 37-yard line. Join our linker program. They desperately needed to cut into New England's two-touchdown lead. As expected, the Patriots safety – in this case Rodney Harrison – jumped the route, intercepted the pass and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown. A 14-yard reverse to wide receiver Deion Branch on the first play was enough to get the Patriots into field goal range, and when the Steelers defense stiffened that's what New England managed on the 48-yard kick by Adam Vinatieri. Despite the quarterback's four turnovers, Philadelphia's defense did enough to beat Dallas and retain control of the NFC East. "That's the biggest thing, as far as young quarterbacks are concerned, that you have to deal with and worry about.". Coming off a 15-1 regular season and a hard-fought overtime victory in the divisional round, the franchise’s home stadium hosted the conference title game on January 15, 2005. When you put yourself in those situations, you have no margin for error. There still was a half to play for the AFC Championship, but this game essentially was over. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots got together at Heinz Field for the 2004 AFC Championship Game and a spot in Super Bowl XXXIX, it was a clash of the year's NFL titans. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site.

43 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri (NWE) is good. Thanks to their 41-27 victory, the Patriots moved on to Super Bowl XXXIX; a game they would ultimately win to establish themselves as the first (and until now only) pro football dynasty of the 21st century. While the team was able to move the ball to the Patriots’ side of the field, a fumble by running back Jerome Bettis, which was recovered by linebacker Mike Vrabel, ended the series.

A team coming off a 6-10 record, a team that had been seen as a potential division contender when the 2004 season opened, had managed to put together a 14-game winning streak. It was going to be the defending Super Bowl champions vs. the only 15-1 AFC team in history; Tom Brady vs. the league's reigning No. In their two possessions in the fourth quarter, the Patriots scored 10 points; and while Roethlisberger did throw that touchdown pass to Burress, he also had thrown another interception earlier in the fourth quarter. In head-to-head matchups during the regular season, Roethlisberger had outplayed Brady, Donovan McNabb, Carson Palmer, Jeff Garcia and Eli Manning, and come the postseason the praise was coming from everywhere. On the subsequent drive, though, the Patriots were able to reestablish their 21-point lead courtesy of a 25-yard run to the endzone by Corey Dillon. Jerome Bettis (PIT) rushed up the middle for a 2 yard touchdown. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA. That's the first time this season I can say we were out-played by a team. It was a very severe penalty at the time. On the next play, Brady sent Branch on a deep post and when free safety Chris Hope didn't get deep enough to help Townsend, the Patriots had a 60-yard touchdown. But Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith was flagged for holding while trying to defend the screen pass, and the Patriots ended up with a drive-sustaining first down. One of the most memorable games in Patriots franchise history. On the one side, the conference’s top seeded Pittsburgh Steelers. That's no way to feed off the energy of the home crowd. As the regular season wore on, however, Roethlisberger's interception total grew. Down 3-0, Roethlisberger converted his next third down with a 16-yard pass to Burress, but after three straight running plays the Steelers faced a fourth-and-1 from the Patriots 39-yard line. "Going into the game, I really felt like it was our time to win," said Porter.

The team was able to score its first touchdown of the day on a Jerome Bettis scoring run. The Patriots may have been underdogs when it began, but they also were as 14-2 team that had smothered Peyton Manning and the Colts in their Divisional Playoff game. The rematch between the Patriots and Steelers started with the visitors throwing the first punch: On the third offensive play of the game, safety Eugene Wilson intercepted a tipped pass by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to give his team the ball in Pittsburgh territory.

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