You can make a case that Ben should be on the losers list, but you have to believe he was a huge reason why the Steelers were in the game, at one point. Roethlisberger made a couple of very good touchdown passes. He finished the game with four tossing scores. Ben also finished the game with 400 passing yards. Big Ben also turned the football over three times, but the positive outweighed the negative.
Jerricho Cotchery played the best game of his Steelers career, against the Patriots. Cotchery caught seven passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdown receptions were very impressive. One of them was an one-handed catch, and the other saw Cotchery readjusting to make a catch above his head.
Le’Veon Bell racked up 134 yards of offense. Bell caught four passes for 65 yards, and he rushed for 74 yards on 16 attempts. He took one screen pass for 29 yards. This game is a prime example as to why the Steelers drafted Bell; they love his ability in the short passing game.
Cameron Heyward has played very well in his last two games. Heyward made a few tackles near the line of scrimmage. He also recorded 1.5 sacks. Heyward rushed Brady’s throws at least three times.
Almost the entire Defense
The Steelers gave up 610 yards of total offense to the Patriots. Tom Brady carved up the Steelers secondary with ease. Brady tossed four touchdowns and 432 yards. Rob Gronkowski whipped the Steelers secondary, as well. Gronkowski caught nine passes for 143 yards and one score. As a team, the Patriots rushed for 197 yards. Starting cornerbacks, Ike Taylor and William Gay, played very badly. Safety Ryan Clark was especially bad; he missed a multitude of tackles, and he was beat in coverage a couple of times.