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KIRK MINIHANE

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Tom Brady made no excuses Sunday night after his sideline tirade seemed to fire up the Patriots in their 39-26 win over the Steelers at Heinz Field. 

 

After his team absorbed a 39-26 defeat that did not accurately reflect the thoroughness of the beating, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger pulled few punches in analyzing his team's performance, as well as his own.

 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, following his team's surprisingly one-sided 39-26 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, praised the performance of the entire squad in explaining how New England recovered in such dramatic fashion from a loss to the Browns one week earlier.

 

An inspired and fired-up Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and ran for another as the Patriots bounced back from their worst game of the of the year with one of their best in a 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Heinz Field. Defensively, the Patriots harassed Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger all night, recording five sacks while James Sanders returned an interception 31 yards for a key touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward left the field after being belted by Patriots safety James Sanders on the final play of the first quarter due to what his team described as a neck injury. Replays made it appear as if Ward was the victim of a helment-to-helment collision with Sanders. His return was described as questionable.

 

Cornerback Darius Butler is inactive for the first time this season as the Patriots take the field against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Other inactives include OL Mark LeVoir, OL Stephen Neal, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S Jarrad Page, WR Taylor Price, DL Myron Pryor and RB Fred Taylor. 

 

The depth of the Patriots roster will be tested Sunday as three players were downgraded Saturday night to out for the game at Heinz Field against the Steelers. Running back Fred Taylor, who returned this week to practice but was limited, will miss his sixth straight game with turf toe. Starting right guard Stephen Neal has been downgraded to out, as has defensive lineman Myron Pryor. 

 

Here are 10 things to watch for in Sunday night’s Patriots-Steelers game:



The Steelers have added linebacker James Harrison to their injury report and is now being listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. According to the Steelers twitter page, Harrison - who has played in all eight games this season - complained of back spasms Saturday morning.