Sunday, February 25, 2024

Zappe leads Patriots over Steelers 21-18

The Patriots produced 21 points in the first half against the Steelers and then held on to the bitter end to close out at a desperately needed 21-18 win.

After a dour 6-0 loss lass week to the Chargers there was a lot of talk about the Patriots quitting and already being on the beach in their heads, but they proved that wrong with a gritty performance. “No one has quit in this locker room,” said Andrews, a two-time Super Bowl champion. “We’re fighting, we’re working. We’re trying to get better. That’s all you can do. That’s all you can ask for. It hasn’t been perfect.”

PATRIOTS ZAPPE REBOUNDS FROM POOR PERFORMANCE

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Patriots and put a serious dent in the Steelers playoff hopes in a very competitive AFC North. “This stings,” Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said. “But we’ll be back.”

After a lot of criticism this season, Tomlin’s steelers are sliding towards missing the playoffs having lost 3 of their last 4 games. The Patriots have no such concerns but this game is a slight hinderance in their quest for the number 1 pick in the NFL draft. At 3-9 the Patriots have a realistic shot of getting one of the top QB prospects, which would offer something of a silver lining in a horrendous season.

New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers
1st Downs1418
Passing 1st downs1110
Rushing 1st downs35
1st downs from penalties03
3rd down efficiency4-133-14
4th down efficiency0-01-3
Total Plays5566
Total Yards303264
Total Drives1314
Yards per Play5.54.0
Passing222182
Comp-Att19-2822-36
Yards per pass7.44.8
Interceptions thrown11
Sacks-Yards Lost2-182-8
Rushing8182
Rushing Attempts2528
Yards per rush3.22.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-21-2
Penalties7-591-5
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:4132:19

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