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Patriots Edge Steelers 27-24, Take Hold of #1 Seed in AFC

Monday, December 18, 2017


Tom Brady

The New England Patriots came back from down eight points in the fourth quarter to edge the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The win gives the Patriots their ninth straight AFC East title and puts them in position to have the number one seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs.

Both the Patriots and Steelers are 11-3 on the season, but New England owns the tiebreaker. 

Patriots Edge Pittsburgh

Trailing 24-19, Dion Lewis ran it into the end zone from eight yards out and Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a two-point conversion to give the Patriots a 27-24 lead with 56 seconds left to play.

Gronkowski had nine catches for 168 yards in the game to lead the Patriots. 

On Pittsburgh’s ensuing possession, Ben Roethlisberger found JuJu Smith-Schuster who ran 69 yards to the Patriots ten-yard line.

Roethlisberger then appeared to find tight end Jesse James for a touchdown to give the Steelers the lead. However, upon review, the play was ruled incomplete as the ball moved when James hit the ground.

On Pittsburgh’s next attempt, Roethlisberger faked a spike and threw to the end zone for Eli Rogers, but the pass was deflected by Eric Rowe and intercepted by Duron Harmon giving the Patriots the win.

Almost Costly Interception

Trailing 17-10 at the half, the Patriots got within one, 17-16, after Brady found Brandin Cooks in the end zone and kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point.

After the Patriots defense stopped the Steelers and forced a punt, the Patriots took over possession on their own 11-yard line with 6:39 to play in the quarter.

Five plays later, Brady’s pass to James White was intercepted by Pittsburgh’s Vince Williams and returned 13 yards to the Patriots 22-yard line. The interception was Brady’s fourth in his last three games.

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell would find the end zone five plays later to give the Steelers the 24-16 lead following the extra point.

Next up 

The Patriots return to action on Sunday, December 24 when they host the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. 

Game time is set for 1 p.m. 


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Position: Safety 

College: Rutgers 

Hometown: Nanuet, N.Y.

Salary: $47,500,000 Over 5 Years 

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Position: Cornerback 

College:  West Alabama 

Hometown: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Salary: $3.91 Million for 2017 Season

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Name: Stephon Gilmore

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College: South Carolina 

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina 

Salary: $65,000,000 Over 5 Years

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Name: Brandin Cooks 

Position: Wide Receiver 

College: Oregon State 

Hometown: Stockton, California 

Salary:  $8,383,452 Over 4 Years

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Name: Dont'a Hightower

Position: Linebacker 

College: Alabama 

Hometown: Lewisburg, Tennessee 

Salary: $35,500,000 Over 4 Years

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Name: Lawrence Guy

Position: Defensive Line

College: Arizona State 

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $13,400,000 Over 4 Years

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Name: Johnson Bademosi

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College: Stanford 

Hometown: Washington, D.C. 

Salary:  $4,500,000 Over 2 Years

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Name: Alan Branch

Position: Defensive Line 

College: Michigan 

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Salary: $8,450,000 Over 2 Years 

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Position: Safety 

College: Auburn 

Hometown: Alabaster, Alabama

Salary: $615,000 for 2017 Season

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Name: Malcom Brown

Position: Defensive Line  

College: Texas 

Hometown: Brenham, Texas

Salary: $7,613,229 Over 4 Years

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Name: Deatrich Wise

Position: Defensive End 

College: Arkansas

Hometown: Suffolk, VA

Salary: $2,975,883 Over 4 Years 

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Name: Adam Butler

Position: Defensive Line 

College: Vanderbilt 

Hometown: Duncanville, Texas

Salary: $1,665,000 Over 3 Years

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Position: Defensive Line

College: Arkansas 

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Salary: $2,838,932 Over 4 Years

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College: Houston

Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas

Salary: $2,440,356 Over 4 Years

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Position: Running Back 

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Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $12,000,000 Over 3 Years

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Position: Safety 

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Hometown: Magnolia, Delaware

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