The Pittsburgh Steelers just scored a massive home win over the New England Patriots in thrilling fashion. The Steelers' defense stood tall to preserve a 17-10 victory.
The Patriots scored a touchdown on their third play from scrimmage, and then were held to three points the rest of the game. Still, they had a shot to tie it late.
New England drove deep into Pittsburgh territory on its final drive before stalling after a holding penalty by guard Shaq Mason. The game wound up coming down to a 4th-and-15 play.
Brady looked to Julian Edelman (seven catches, 90 yards today) in the end zone, but he was well-covered and the throw was high anyway.
">December 17, 2018
It might seem crazy that a Pittsburgh-New England game ended with a 17-10 final, given the recent history of high-scoring games between the two rivals. The final score isn't the craziest stat of the day though.
Today marks the first time the Patriots have lost back-to-back December games since 2002. That was Tom Brady's third year in the league.
New England (9-5) still has a stranglehold on the AFC East, but the Patriots are now in a battle with the 10-4 Texans for the No. 2 overall seed and a first-round bye.
The Steelers, meanwhile, moved to 8-5-1 and maintained their slight advantage over the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens with only two games to play.