The defense begins!
It's time! Time to defend the title. We have TB12 back, and banner number four! But, we won't have LaFell until at least week 6, and center Brian Stork until at least week 8. Aaron Dobson will have a chance to show he can make a difference. If he doesn't, the returned Kenbrell Thompkins may be elevated up from the practice squad.
We're wearing uniforms with "Super Bowl 49 Champions" patches on them. Nice.
And of course, the Commisoner will be on hand to watch the unveiling of the....ohh, wait, that's right. Roger's in New York, and instead of being honest with the reason why, he told Mike&Mike "I was at the two playoff games in January, that's why I'm not going."
Man Up, Roger.
Pregame was awesome! They had a tent set up and out comes Ty Law with the first Lombardi.
Troy Brown with #2.
Willie Mac with #3.
Then, after playing Mr. Kraft's line after SB 49 'I never thought another would feel as good, but this is abolutely does', Mr. Kraft walks out with #4, and the stadium explodes!
Steelers gets the ball first.
Carl Cheffers is the ref.
Steelers P1: Start at the 20. The Steelers start out strong. Ex Panther DeAngelo Williams starts off with an 18 yard run. Ben tosses a screen to Brown that gets 9, and Williams gets 4 for the first down. Ben then found Miller for 14, and Williams gets 10 more on the ground. But, then, the Steelers get cute. A WR pass play loses 8 as Antonio Brown gets sacked by Malcom Brown. A holding penalty on the next play gives the Steelers 2nd and 28. A 6 yard run by Johnson, then Ben finds Miller, for 10, but they miss a 44 yard FG.
Dominique Easley was hurt on the Johnson run.
Pats P1: Start at the 34. Like them, we blow it. We start off with a strange play. We find Jules for 14, but Solder is called for a post play personal foul. It gave us a first and 12. I don't know why. Brady finds Dion Lewis on the next two plays for 26 yards. But them, we miss Gronk, and Brady overthrows a wide open Dola. We probably score if the pass is on target. 3rd and 10 was out of sync. Brady runs for 1, and we punt.
Steelers P2: Start at the 7. They start with 2 runs for Williams for a total of 5 yards. On 3rd and 5, Ben goes to Brown. Butler has perfect coverage, but Brown makes an even better catch and gets 9. An illegal formation on the next play gets the Steelers into 1st and 15. They get 3 on a screen Brown. On 2nd and 12, Hightower sacks Ben for 3rd and 18. Ben finds Miller for 16 and they punt.
Pats P2: Start at the 10 after Slater is called for holding on the return. We start running. 2 runs for Lewis get 9, Brady gets the sneak for the conversion. Lewis gets 5, but it gets back for holding and we end the first with 9 yard pass plays to Dobson and Jules.
End of the 1st.
Jules gets the ball to start the quarter, gets 9 on a jet sweep. The Steelers blow Bolden up for a loss of 3, but Brady goes to the air to Lewis (7) and Jules (8). Lewis runs for 3, the Brady finds Jules for 11, and back to back passes to Gronk for 35 and a TD.
7-0 Pats. 11:11 to play in the half.
Steelers P3: Start at the 20. They start slow with Williams running for 2, and Ben overthrowing Miller. But, on 3rd and 8, Heyward-Bey beats Fletcher for 48 yards. Back to back Williams runs get 7. On 3rd, Ben missed Brown, then they miss a 46 yard FG.
Pats P3: Start at the 36. We put the pressure on. A playaction pass to Jules gets us to the 50.
They stop Lewis for no gain, but Brady finds Dola for 18 and Bolden for 12. We go back to the ground, Lewis twice for 9, Brady for 2 on 3rd and 1. That gave us 1st and goal at the 9. Brady finds Jules for 4, then Gronk for 5 and the TD.
14-0 Pats. 4:01 to play in the half.
Steelers P4: Start at the 17. Steelers won't just roll over. They start with Ben finding Brown for 5. Williams runs for 10, but it comes back on holding on Wallace, the center. After Ben finds Miller for 9, Brown beats Butler for 37. That brought us to the two minute warning. Williams ran for 2, and then caught a pass for 5. Ben goes to Wheaton but he drops it. They go for it on 4th. We call time. They find DHB for 4, and the first down. They call timeout #1. Williams runs for 5. They do not call time and Ben finds DHB in the endzone. But, DHB has a foot out of bounds when he catches it, so it's incomplete. They go back to DHB on 3rd, but the pass is incomplete. They settle for a 44 yard FG, and this time they make it. 14-3 Pats with 3 seconds left.
Pats P4: We kneel.
"False Start everyone but the center." Gene Steretore. Pats vs Jets. 12/24/16.