4:15 PM ET, December 9, 2007
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The bizarre play seemed guaranteed to fail.Guarantees, though, had a rough day Sunday when the New England Patriots stayed unbeaten with a 34-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, Randy Moss caught two and Steelers safety Anthony Smith, who guaranteed his team would win, was burned on two long scoring throws.
Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns against the Steelers, two to Randy Moss, to break Dan Marino's record for most games in a season with at least three touchdown passes.
|Tom Brady (2007)*||11|
|Dan Marino (1984)||10|
|Peyton Manning (2004)||9|
|Kurt Warner (1999)||9|
|Dan Marino (1986)||9|
|George Blanda (1961)||9|
|* -- 45 TD passes this season (3rd most all-time)|
Belichick improved to 100-39 as Patriots coach, including the playoffs. ... Brady wasn't sacked. In 476 pass attempts this season, he's been sacked just 16 times. ... Pittsburgh played without starting safeties Ryan Clark, on injured reserve, and Troy Polamalu, who has a knee injury. Starting cornerback Deshea Townsend left the game in the third quarter, but returned.
After two weeks of intense pressure from two of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL -- Philadelphia's Jim Johnson and Baltimore's Rex Ryan -- the New England offensive line figured it out, and just in time. Facing the most physical defense it has seen all season, the Patriots' offensive line was picture-perfect in pass protection, allowing quarterback Tom Brady all day to complete 32 of 46 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns. Pittsburgh brought overload blitz pressure, inside blitz pressure, and man and zone fires, but the Patriots' offensive line did an excellent job of passing off, communicating and staying in position. Previously, if there was a weak link in this New England offensive line, it was its inability to pick up the blitz. Now, it appears to have solved that problem. As such, there is little that can slow down the New England passing game as the Patriots try to put together a perfect season.
-- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||7.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||05:45||Jeff Reed 23 Yd||3||0|
|TD||01:05||Randy Moss 4 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||3||7|
|TD||14:06||Randy Moss 63 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||3||14|
|TD||11:31||Najeh Davenport 32 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||10||14|
|FG||02:29||Jeff Reed 44 Yd||13||14|
|FG||00:42||Stephen Gostkowski 42 Yd||13||17|
|TD||10:06||Jabar Gaffney 56 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||13||24|
|TD||03:49||Wes Welker 2 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||13||31|
|FG||07:00||Stephen Gostkowski 28 Yd||13||34|