Here's our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots' game after reviewing the film.
The Patriots had a heck of a blocking effort throughout the game, in the run and the pass.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski and tackle Nate Solder do a great job of creating an alley for running back LeGarrette Blount, and receiver Julian Edelman blocks downfield.
And Edelman actually takes out two defenders on one block to spring Blount for 25 yards.
Running back James White receives the screen pass with guard Joe Thuney and center David Andrews in front of him.
Thuney takes out the defender with a nice cut block.
Andrews does a nice athletic move to jump over the scrum and stay in the play.
And White does the rest, making the defender miss and heading into the end zone.
Again in the third quarter, Gronkowski, Solder, and Edelman do a nice job of getting a hat on a hat.
And Edelman sets the edge again on Blount's second touchdown run.
The Steelers seem to have it covered well with Cover 2. Notice receiver Danny Amendola streaking toward the sideline.
Safety Sean Davis turns his attention to Amendola, and has his back to Gronkowski as he streaks down the field for a 36-yard touchdown.
Defending the Patriots
This wasn't the same old Steelers.
They played a basic four-man front, a lot of Cover 2 on the back end, and didn't blitz quarterback Tom Brady once all game.
The Steelers took away the deep shots, but left lots of room for Brady to scramble for three first downs in the first half.
The Brown Effect
The Patriots were obviously concerned with receiver Antonio Brown, and it cost them on the Steelers' touchdown.
The Patriots surround Brown with three defenders, leaving receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in 1-on-1 coverage for the easy touchdown.
Defending the Steelers
The Patriots come out looking like they're in man to man coverage. The Steelers call crossing routes in response.
But the Patriots drop off into Cover 2 Zone, and quarterback Landry Jones isn't ready for it. He doesn't see the one open receiver and throws incomplete.
|ARI (71)||MIA (80)||HOU (64)||BUF (56)||CLE (80)||CIN (64)||PIT (57)||Tot (472)||%|
|C David Andrews||71||80||64||56||80||64||57||472||100%|
|OT Nate Solder||0||65||64||56||80||64||57||386||82%|
|G Shaq Mason||14||39||64||56||80||64||57||374||79%|
|QB Tom Brady||0||0||0||0||71||64||57||192||41%|
|T Marcus Cannon||71||80||64||56||0||64||57||392||83%|
|ARI (61)||MIA (65)||HOU (71)||BUF (76)||CLE (63)||CIN (68)||PIT (73)||Total (477)||%|
|CB Malcolm Butler||61||64||71||76||55||66||73||466||98%|
|CB Eric Rowe||0||0||0||0||0||26||73||99||21%|
|S Devin McCourty||61||65||71||76||63||67||72||475||99%|
|S Patrick Chung||60||57||68||76||63||63||71||458||96%|
|LB Donta Hightower||58||0||0||69||29||66||68||290||61%|
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