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11/15/2010 - 1:08am
'Exhausted' Brady fires up his team

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. 

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was called for a 15-yard chop-block that pushed the Patriots back to the Steelers 27 for a 2nd-and-23. The Patriots had to settle for a 31-yard Shayne Graham field goal. Then on the next series, Brady threw the ball twice to Aaron Hernandez, including once when Hernandez wasn't exactly where he was supposed to be on a sideline flare. Throw in a Wes Welker false start and a rare Welker drop late in the second quarter and Brady had seen enough.

 

He ripped into his team in front of  national TV audience, letting the whole world know that these weren't the Patriots he has come to know and love. "I was exhausted," Brady admitted afterward. "There's only one way to play. It's an emotional game. Part of playing quarterback is trying...

11/15/2010 - 1:05am
Roethlisberger: 'Old-fashioned butt-whupping'

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.

 

The Patriots led for the entire contest, and while Roethlisberger ended up with a strong statistical performance, completing 30-of-49 for 387 yards and three touchdowns (against one pick), the quarterback performed poorly when the game was still in question, completing just 9-of-23 through the first three quarters. As such, he found little positive to take from the game.

 

"We stunk," said Roethlisberger. "Offensively, we flat out stunk. I stunk. It wasn’t fun."

 

Roethlisberger acknowledged that the Patriots beat the Steelers without any tricks or chicanery. It was, he suggested, as straightforward a beating as they come.

 

"I...

11/15/2010 - 12:42am
Belichick: 'Good to get back on track'

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.

 

Belichick described the strong play of the offensive line and the involvement of virtually every skill position group, as well as a tremendous defensive effort (up until, he noted, there were lapses in the waning minutes while Pittsburgh operated in a two-minute offense) in analyzing a "good team effort all the way around."

 

"Players did a great job. They played hard, made enough plays. It wasn’t always perfect, but it never is against the Steelers. They cause you a lot of problems. It’s hard to do all things well against them," said Belichick. "So it’s good to win, get back on track here. Of...

11/14/2010 - 11:58pm
Steel tough: Pats sack Pittsburgh

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. 

 

Brady, who passed the 300-yard plateau for the first time this season, completed 30-of-43 passes for 350 yards and his two TD passes. Brady yelled at his entire offensive unit during a second-quarter tirade and the offense struggling. Gronkowski became the first Patriots rookie ever with three touchdowns in a game. 

 

Steelers star receiver Hines Ward was knocked out of the game with a neck injury on a hit to the head by Sanders with 10 seconds left...

11/14/2010 - 9:30pm
Hines Ward leaves with neck injury

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.

 

The play was initially ruled a catch, but after the Patriots challenged that ruling, it was determined an incompletion on instant replay. Ward, who has yet to catch a pass in Sunday night's game against the Patriots, owns the third longest streak of consecutive games with a catch in NFL history, having hauled in passes in 186 straight contests, a mark exceeded only by Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison. Ward entered the game with 30 catches for 375 yards on the season.


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