Jan. 23, 2017
Patriots Break Steelers
It seemed like Tom Brady carried a torch in hand all night long and set the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on fire. He had 384 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in a 36 to 17 New England Patriots victory over the Steelers. He will be going to the super bowl for the 7th time in his career. He is 4-2 in his career in the big stage.
In the first quarter, Brady threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan. Also in the same period, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, left the game with a groin injury. He finished with the game with 20 yards rushing.
In the second quarter, DeAngelo Williams scored on a 6-yard rushing touchdown. He finished with 34 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Later in the period, Hogan caught a 34-yard touchdown pass. He finished with 9 catches for 180 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
After the two minute it appeared as if Jesse James scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception. However he was down on the 1-yard line. The Steelers couldn't score a touchdown afterwards and had to settle for a field goal.
In the third quarter, Tom Brady ran the football on third-and-one, but he fumbled the ball and it appeared to be recovered by the Steelers. However the refs ruled the Patriots had it. Pittsburgh decided to challenge and it was a clear fumble and recovery by the Steelers, but they said it was New England ball? It was more difficult rule really if you see the instant replay.
LeGarrette Blount scored on a 1-yard rush in the third-quarter. He finished with 47 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Julian Edelman caught a 10-yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady. Edelman finished with 8 catches for 118 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
With the Steelers down 36 to 9 in the fourth, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton. Roethlisberger finished with 314 yards passing 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Antonio Brown finished with 7 catches for 77 yards receiving. Eli Rogers had 7 catches for 67 yards receiving.
The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons (11-5) in Super Bowl 51 in Houston.