Steeler vs Patriots: AFC Championship 2017
By Alex Glenn
On January 22, 2017 Gillette Stadium was booming with boister as the Pittsburgh Steelers would challenge the #1 team in the AFC, the Infamous New England Patriots. Going into the game, both teams were motivated due to the fact that the winner would advance to go head to head against the Atlanta Falcons in the most watched sporting event in American history, the Super Bowl.
The first quarter kicked into to gear as the Patriots would be selected to receive. Brady would start the game off strong as he went 4 for 4 on compilations to 4 different receivers. This outstanding effort would lead to a Gostkowski field goal leaving the score 3-0 giving the Patriots the lead for the first time of the night. Eventually after a couple unsuccessful drives by both teams, Brady would connect with WR Chris Hogan for his first Touchdown of the night making the score 10-0. After this the Steelers finally seemed to be able to move the ball however star RB Le’veon Bell was taken out of the game for a groin injury. The score at the end of the first quarter was 10-0 Patriots.
The second quarter began with the Steelers dominating the run game with RB Deangelo Williams running it in for a Pittsburg TD. The extra point however was no good leaving the score 10-6. When the Patriots got the ball, they made what was probably the greatest highlight of the game. Brady connected with Chris Hogan for a 34 yd TD, the special thing about this was that this happened by a flea-flicker. The Steelers would then answer back with a field goal. This would take us into halftime with the score being 17-9 New England.
The third quarter began with Steelers ball, however they couldn’t get much done. The Patriots ended up making a field goal after a controversial fumble in which the officials didn’t have enough evidence to call it a fumble. After another unsuccessful Pittsburg drive, the Pats drove down the field yet again thanks to multiple receptions by Hagon, and a series of rushes from RB Legarrette Blount. Blount eventually punched it into the end zone making the score 27-9 with New England still on top. The Patriots however would not let this go unnoticed as brady threw a 10 yd touchdown to Julian Edelman making the score 33-9 going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter began with yet another unsuccessful drive by the Steelers who went for it on fourth down and were unsuccessful. The Patriots capitalized on this and eventually made yet another field goal. This made the score 36-9 and the patriots knew they had the win in the bag. Pittsburg however, would not go quietly into the night, as Roethlisberger threw a Touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton which would bring us to the end of the game with the final score being 36-17 with New England coming out on top. Tom Brady, who was on fire all throughout the game, ended up setting a Patriot’s record as the most passing yards ever thrown in a game. Now the Pats will be heading down to Houston to challenge the Atlanta Falcons for the Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl LI.