Tom Brady and company was too much for the Steelers defense. The Patriots gained over 600 total yards on offense against the Steelers defense. Brady was perfect; he threw four touchdowns and recorded 432 passing yards. Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes for 143 yards and one touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger tried to keep up with Brady but he failed. Roethlisberger threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. Jerricho Cotchery caught seven passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns.
The Steelers and Patriots combined for over 1,000 yards of offense.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was strip-sacked by Rob Ninkovich of the Patriots, with 12:05 left in the first quarter. The fumble recovery set the Patriots up on their own 42 yard-line. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, New England went three-and-out, following the fumble recovery.
The Steelers defense stopped the Patriots on fourth and goal from their own one yard-line, with less than five minutes to go in the first quarter; Troy Polamalu made the tackle on Stevan Ridley. Gronkowski recorded 77 receiving yards on the very same drive.
On the very next play, Ben Roethlisberger was picked off by Devin McCourty. The interception led to a Tom Brady touchdown pass. Brady completed a 34-yard pass to Danny Amendola, making the score: Patriots 7-0, with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Brady completed a 19-yard throw to Gronkowski for a touchdown, with 10:30 left in the second quarter, putting the Patriots up 14-0. Gronkowski caught the ball in between two defenders, and he took a big hit from Troy Polamalu.
The Steelers opened their second drive of the second quarter with a 48-yard pass completion from Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders. The Steelers ended the drive with a 30-yard field goal via Shaun Suisham, with 7:41 left in the first half, cutting the Patriots lead to 11.
Danny Amendola recorded a 57-yard catch and run, with under six minutes to go in the first half. Amendola was wide open on the play; the Steelers’ coverage broke down. A couple of plays later, Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 20-yard field goal with 4:37 left in the first half. Gostkowski’s field goal increased the Patriots’ lead to two touchdowns.
Ben Roethlisberger completed a 27-yard pass to Antonio Brown, and it resulted in a touchdown. Roethlisberger’s touchdown cut the Patriots’ lead to seven, with 1:55 left in the first half. That touchdown pass was Roethlisberger’s 200th of his career.
Shamarko Thomas committed a pass interference penalty with less than 30 seconds left in the first half. Two plays later: Stevan Ridley scored on a one-yard rush, putting the Patriots back up by two touchdowns with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
Troy Polamalu stripped the football from Stevan Ridley, and it was recovered by LaMarr Woodley, with just over two minutes into the second half. The fumble recovery set the Steelers offense up at the Patriots 36 yard-line.
After the fumble recovery, the Steelers scored a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Jerricho Cotchery, with 11:02 remaining in the third quarter. The touchdown pass made the score: 24-17 Patriots.
With 9:26 left in the third quarter, Antonio Brown returned a punt 24 yards to New England’s 46 yard-line. Then, the Steelers marched 46 yards in 2:16 to score a touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger completed an eight-yard pass to Cotchery, tying the game up at 24, with 7:10 left in the third quarter.
Gostkowski knocked through a 32-yard field goal with 2:42 left in the penultimate quarter, putting the Patriots in the lead by three.
Julian Edelman returned a punt 41 yards to the Pittsburgh 34 yard-line, with 24 seconds to go in the third. A few plays later, Aaron Dobson catches a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady, making the score: Patriots 34-24, with 13:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Stevan Ridley bounced off would-be tacklers and scored a touchdown on a five-yard rush, putting the Patriots up 41-24, with 9:16 left in the final quarter.
Jerricho Cotchery caught an one-handed pass from Roethlisberger, good for six yards and a touchdown, decreasing the New England lead to 10. That score was Cotchery’s third of the game.
With 5:15 left in the game, Tom Brady completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson, making the score: Patriots 48-31.
Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted by Duron Harmon, with 3:32 left in the game; there wasn’t one receiver in the area in which Roethlisberger threw.
With 2:41 remaining in the game, LeGarrette Blount scored on a five-yard run, making the score: Patriots 55-31.