Steelers Get Critical Win in Foxboro

33-10 was the final score as Pittsburgh gets the last 30 points of the game after being down 7-0 almost immediately on a Roethlisberger interception giving the Pats a short field.  This game turned late in the 1st half when the Steelers drove the field to get a TD pass to Santonio Holmes just under the 2 minute warning to tie the game at 10.  New England moved the ball quickly back down the field but Randy Moss dropped a sure TD in the end zone (both teams were plagued by occassional cases of the dropsies today) and Gostkowski then missed a chip shot field goal to leave it tied at halftime.  After the Patriots opened the 2nd half with a punt, the Steelers took several minutes to drive the field and convert a short field goal for the lead.  The Pats fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Steelers converted on the 8 yard field on a TD pass to Hines Ward.  Matt Cassel lost the ball on sack/fumble plays the next two drives and the Steelers controlled the game from there.  With the win Pittsburgh is 9-3 and maintains their one game lead on Baltimore for the division lead.  They also move a clean one game (already had tiebreaking edge) over the Jets for bye seed position, though I don’t sweat that as much as merely getting in.  New England drops to 7-5 and takes 7th place in the conference down with them, so the Steelers are in good shape for making the playoffs even if a couple late season losses cost them the division.  And, things don’t get easier, with games against Dallas, Baltimore, and Tennessee (the latter two on the road) upcoming before ending the season against Cleveland, who may very well have Ken Dorsey (or worse) starting at quarterback by then.


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