In-form Patriots head into bye week after thrashing Steelers
The Patriots now have a two-game lead over the New York Jets in the AFC East after the Jets grabbed a surprise win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was exuberant over his team’s performance. Belichick praised the offense and admitted he was slightly surprised about how all departments had come together to record an impressive show.
“Well, I’m not exactly sure how it all happened today; maybe we got our inspiration from the Red Sox, I’m not sure,” Belichick said. “It was certainly a big point output and that’s always good. I thought our guys played hard today. We had a few problems there but overall I thought we hung in there, made some plays in all three phases of the game, scored some points.
“I thought these guys put in a really good week of work and showed up on Sunday. That’s always a good thing.”
The Patriots found themselves stumbling for a bit in the third quarter allowing the Steelers to tie the game, but the offense worked like a well-oiled machine to pick up 28 of their 55 points in the fourth quarter. The Steelers, who are one of the oldest and most respected of NFL franchises have never given away 55 points before.
“It’s embarrassing,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “This isn’t an organization that does that. But what can you say? It’s on film now.”
“That’s a proud group over there,” Patriots co-captain Logan Mankins said of the Steelers. “They’ve got some proud guys that have been there a long time and play hard. I know [defensive coordinator] Dick LeBeau is very good. I know they’re not happy about it. But we got the better of them tonight.”
Patriots celebrated quarterback Tom Brady starred in the night once again. Brady, who threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns, was happy to see his side work like unit in the victory.
“It feels good,” Brady said. “They [Steelers] don’t always go like that. That was a fun day. It was good execution; I think for the most part, that was our best day of execution. You don’t wake up in the morning and think they’re going to be like that. That was pretty sweet.”