Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 50 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 25-17 victory over the visiting New England Patriots on Sunday.
Antonio Brown and Mewelde Moore each caught a touchdown pass for the Steelers (6-2), who have won four straight to surge to the top of the AFC.
Pittsburgh made its move in the first half, controlling the ball for more than two-thirds of the time to take a 17-10 lead. Roethlisberger used a short passing attack to do the damage, throwing for 231 yards before the break.
A pair of field goals by Shaun Suisham pushed the edge to 23-10 with 11:30 left in the game.
New England lost nearly a minute on its final scoring drive when Rob Gronkowski appeared to cross the goal line on a reception. The officials ruled he was stopped short and the Patriots needed three more plays for Tom Brady to hit Aaron Hernandez in the end zone to make it 23-17.
The ensuing onside kick failed, and the Steelers were able to take the clock down to 28 seconds before punting it away.
Brady had one last chance with 19 seconds left but had the ball stripped, which led to a safety.
Brady finished 24 of 35 for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots (5-2) fell into a first-place tie with the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.
The Steelers Take Down The Patriots
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