Patriots vs Steelers - The Edge in the Last 10 Meetings

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Rob Gronkowski
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon in another important AFC matchup at Heinz Field.

“Every time we play them, every time we go there, it’s always like a four o’clock game, gets dark by 4:30, night atmosphere, and it’s always popping. It’s a football atmosphere. It’s a football town. It’s all about the Steelers. So, it’s going to be a great atmosphere. It’s going to be a lot of fun to play in, like it always is,” said Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during his press conference on Thursday.

The two teams are conference rivals and the playoff implications only adds to the emotion.

GoLocal breaks down the last ten times the two AFC rivals met in the slideshow below

There is a lot of history over the past ten meetings.

In the last ten games dating back to 2005, the Patriots are 8-2 against Pittsburgh.

"The Patriots are one of the best teams for a reason. We are not the only team that has issues with them. They’re that good. The past is the past, we can only focus on this week," said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during his press conference. 

Patriots vs Steelers

In the most recent meeting last season, the Patriots edged the Steelers 27-24 at Heinz Field to lock up the number one seed in the AFC.

The Steelers have not beaten the Patriots in a game since 2011, when they came away with a 25-17 win at Heinz Field.

New England has won the last five games.

Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for 4:25 p.m.

See The Slideshow Below for a Further Look at the Last 10 Patriots vs Steelers Games

  • September 25, 2005

    Regular Season Week 3 - Heinz Field 

    Patriots 23, Steelers 20 

    Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal with one second left on the clock and the Patriots escaped with a 23-20 win. 

    How it Happened 

    Trailing 20-13, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found Hines Ward for a four-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 20 with 1:21 left to play in the game. 

    In their final possession with just over a minute to play, Brady drove the Patriots offense down the field and into field goal range.

    Vinatieri came on with one second left to play and kicked a game-winning 43-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 23-20 win. 

  • December 9, 2007

    Regular Season Week 14 - Gillette Stadium 

    Patriots 34, Steelers 13 

    The Patriots got two touchdowns from Randy Moss and one from Wes Welker en route to a 34-13 win and a 13-0 regular season record. 

    How it Happened

    Leading 14-13 with 2:29 to play in the first half, the Patriots extended their lead before the half on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to give them a 17-13 lead heading into the locker room.  

    To start the second, Brady hit Jabar Gaffney for a 56-yard touchdown pass and then Welker on a two-yard touchdown pass all in the third quarter to put the Patriots up 31-13. 

    Gostkowski added a field goal in the fourth to give the Patriots their winning margin. 


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  • November 30, 2008

    Regular Season Week 13 - Gillette Stadium 

    Steelers 33, Patriots 10 

    With Matt Cassel at quarterback, the Patriots could not keep up with the Pittsburgh offense who would outscore the Patriots 30-0 from the second quarter on to win 33-10. 

    How it Happened 

    Behind a rushing touchdown from Sammy Morris and a field goal from Stephen Gostkowski, the Patriots jumped out to a 10-3 lead, but that would be their only points the rest of the way. 

    The Steelers got touchdowns from Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward en route to 30 straight points and a 33-10 win. 

  • November 14, 2010

    Regular Season Week 10 - Heinz Field 

    Patriots 39, Steelers 26 

    Rob Gronkowski caught three touchdown passes and the Patriots beat Pittsburgh 39-26 to move to 7-2 on the season. 

    How it Happened 

    Leading 10-3 with 5:08 left in the first half, Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a nine-yard touchdown pass, his second of the game, to give the Patriots lead to 17-3. 

    With time winding down in the half, Brady called his own number, rushing three yards to the end zone to put New England up 23-3 at the half. 

    Gronkowski would add another touchdown catch in the fourth quarter as the Patriots beat the Steelers 39-26. 

  • October 30, 2011

    Regular Season Week 8 - Heinz Field 

    Steelers 25, Patriots 17 

    The Patriots comeback attempt fell short in Pittsburgh as the Steelers held on for a 25-17 win.

    How it Happened 

    Leading 10-7 with 8:20 left in the first half, Pittsburgh would outscore the Patriots 13-3 to take a 23-10 lead into the fourth quarter. 

    The Patrons would get within one possession after Brady found Aaron Hernandez for a touchdown but that is as close as they would get. 

    On New England’s final possession, Brady would fumble the ball out of the back of the end zone after a hit by Brett Keisel to give the Steelers a 25-17 win. 

  • November 3, 2013

    Regular Season Week 9 - Gillette Stadium 

    Patriots 55, Steelers 31 

    The Patriots scored 17 straight points in the second half en route to a 55-31 win over the Steelers at Gillette Stadium. 

    How it Happened 

    The Patriots held a 17-3 lead with 3:51 left in the first half before the Steelers would come back to eventually tie the game at 24 midway through the third quarter. 

    From that point, the Patriots scored 17 straight points capped off by a Stevan Ridley five-yard touchdown run to take a 41-24 lead with 9:16 left in the fourth. New England would add two touchdowns in the fourth to get to 55 points. 

  • September 10, 2015

    Regular Season Week 1 - Gillette Stadium 

    Patriots 28, Steelers 21 

    The New England Patriots unveiled their 2014 Super Bowl Championship banner and held on to beat the Steelers 28-21. 

    How it Happened 

    The Patriots led 21-3 early in the third quarter before the Steelers scored 11 straight points, cutting their deficit to just one score after a Josh Scobee field goal found its way through the uprights.

    On the Patriots next offensive possession, Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski in the end zone to put the Patriots up 28-14. The Steelers would get a touchdown with just seconds left in the game to make the final score 28-21.

  • October 23, 2016

    Regular Season Week 7 - Heinz Field 

    Patriots 27, Steelers 16 

    The Patriots traveled to Pittsburgh and defeated the Steelers 27-16 to bring their overall record to 6-1 at the time. 

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play in the game. 

    How it Happened 

    The Steelers got a field goal early in the fourth quarter to cut the Patriots lead to four points, 20-16, with 14:44 to play in the game. 

    On the Patriots next offensive possession, the Patriots would seal the game on a six play, 75-yard drive ending in a LeGarrette Blount five-yard touchdown run. Gostkowski would convert the extra point to give the Patriots a 27-16 lead. 

  • January 22, 2017

    AFC Championship - Gillette Stadium 

    Patriots 36,  Steelers 17 

    The Patriots cruised past the Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. 

    New England would go on to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. 

    How it Happened

    Leading 17-9 at the half at the half, the Patriots all but put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Steelers 16-0 in the period. 

    New England got a 47-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski on their first possession to take a 20-9 lead. 

    After the defense forced a Pittsburgh punt, Tom Brady handed the ball to LeGarrette Blount for one-yard touchdown run to give the Patriots a 27-9 lead with 2:44 left in the third quarter.

    On Pittsburgh's ensuing offensive possession, Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble that was recovered by Rob Ninkovich at the Pittsburgh 28 yard line, giving the Patriots offense the ball back. The turnover was the first of the game by either team. 

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