The timing was perfect on the 19-yard completion in the third quarter, which set up a field goal to cap another long, surgical scoring drive.
Tom Brady has done this before at Heinz Field, where he twice punched tickets to the Super Bowl with victories against the Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC title games.
BOX SCORE: Steelers 25, Patriots 17
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Only this time, it wasn't Brady slicing up an overmatched defense.
It was Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers quarterback looked a lot like Bradycheap nfl jerseys free shipping as he got the best of the New England Patriots on Sunday, completing 36 of 50 passes for 365 yards, including 2 TDs. Roethlisberger repeatedly killed the NFL's worst-ranked defense on third down, to ignite the engine behind a 25-17 victory that for the moment, at least, has the defending AFC champions fashioning themselves as the team to beat again in the conference.
And he had plenty of help, including a career game from second-year receiver Antonio Brown, who caught nine passes for 67 yards with a touchdown, while filing in for the injured Hines Ward.
Using long scoring drives to control the clock - and keep Brady off the field - Pittsburgh (6-2) won its fourth consecutive games. The Steelers converted 10 of 16 third downs, providing the mettle behind scoring drives that took 11, 16, 10, 14 and 11 plays and allowed them to rack up 39 minutes, 22 seconds of possession time.
That performance by an offense that has evolved into a pass-first operation and been party to Roethlisberger topping 300 yards in back-to-back games for just the2011 Pro Bowl Jerseys second time in his career, was akin to having an extra man for the defense.
"We played team ball today," said Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
They weren't perfect. Three times the Steelers settled for short field goals from Shaun Suisham, who also missed a 43-yard try.
Solving the Patriots problem has been a long time coming. Heading into Sunday, Brady won six of seven contests against the Steelers. And the basic flow of most of those contests constituted a hot quarterback shredding the proud defense that has perennially ranked among the NFL's best. Brady averaged 350 yards in those contests, defying the blitz pr
But they were consistent enough, which allowed the Steelers to build an early 10-0 lead, then 17-10 halftime edge. That in itself, playing with a lead, surely wasn't the norm in repeated setbacks against the Patriots (5-2), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"Boy, that was a great win for us," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. "We played good, fundamental football, and that's the recipe."
This time, that defense -- even without injured linebackers James Harrison (sidelined for a fourth consecutive game due to a fractured eye socket) and James Farrior (calf) -- stifled Brady and his supporting cast with its best all-round outing of the season.
Brady passed for a season-low 198 yards, and Patriots totaled just 213 yards.
"These guys not only buy into what we nfl jerseys cheap talk about in terms of the standard being the standard," but they make it a reality," Tomlin said.
Brady passed for a season-low 198 yards.
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