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The Steelers-Patriots Game Came Down To 1 Final Play

Tom Brady throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 16: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes in the second half during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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.

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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.