The Steelers won in New England for the first time since a 24-21 overtime decision on December 13, 1997.
Statement Game: Today‚Äôs win was important for many reasons. This was a pivotal win for the coaching staff that has had trouble winning big games on the road since last year. The Steelers¬†remain in the driver seat to win the AFC North but they have a tough task ahead of them. They have now gained a game on the Jets for the #2 seed. A bye will be critical to any chances of making it to Tampa Bay. Catching the Tennessee Titans (11-1) may be out of reach for the #1 seed but the Steelers can make a big statement when they travel to Tennessee on December 20th.
Offense making strides: Ben Roethlisberger threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-33 completions. Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore combined for 154¬†rushing yards. Parker racked up a lot of his yards late in the game.¬† This is a two back league and even though some can argue that the Steelers offense was more efficient with Moore today, the Steelers need a healthy Willie Parker for the stretch run. Ben Roethlisberger did a very good job of making calls at the line of scrimmage. The offensive line played one of their better games of the year.
Best Steelers defense since the Steelers 95 super bowl team?
Ben Roethlisberger records 48th win as starter: Ben Roethlisberger has tied Tom Brady, Otto Graham and Dan Marino for the fastest quarterback to 48 wins.
Matt Cassel‚Äôs Stat Line: 19 of 39 for 169 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Turnovers: New England 5 – Pittsburgh 1
The Race for the AFC North
Dec. 7 vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
Dec. 14 at Baltimore Ravens (8-4)
Dec. 20 at Tennessee Titans (11-1)
Dec. 28 vs. Cleveland Browns (4-8)
Dec. 7 vs. Washington Redskins (7-5)
Dec. 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)
Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
Dec. 28 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)