As the New England Patriots got ready to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the general consensus was that the Patriots just needed to score a good 20 points or so in order to get themselves a close win and move on into week 10. Tom Brady has had an abnormal season to say the least, and the Patriots have had a tough time scoring through the air at times.
Pittsburgh kept it close early on in the second half and actually tied the game up at 24 midway through the third quarter. From there on out, the Patriots went on a 31-7 run and ran away with the game 55-31.
New England featured some pretty amazing performances throughout this one, starting with Brady. He finished 23-for-33 for 432 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. How did Brady accomplish such an incredible stat line? He used three 100-yard receivers, of course.
Boy, has Rob Gronkowski given this offense a lift. Gronk finished the game with nine catches for 143 yards and a score, reverting to form and giving Brady that sure-thing when he needs it the most. The giant tight end showed some great athleticism on a few specific plays and he and Brady connected on a picture perfect pass-and-catch in the second quarter.
Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson also found the century mark, finishing with five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard catch and run to really ice the game late in the fourth quarter. Dobson and Brady have definitely established some chemistry and he is coming into his own as a legitimate threat.
Patriots fans should be excited to see that the final 100-yard performance came from Danny Amendola, who finished at 122 yards on four catches and also found the end zone.
New England turned it on in the second half and absolutely dominated the Steelers. If the offense keeps clicking like this, Brady’s early season woes and off-games will wind up being just a faint memory come the end of the year.