Patriots blow out the Steelers with prolific second half, 55-31

Zuri Berry provides updates as the Patriots host the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.


Stevan Ridley had two touchdowns and Rob Gronkowski one in the Patriots' big win. (USA Today photo)
by Matt Pepin, Sports Editor on Nov 3, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Tom Brady chucked it, and kept chucking it, finishing with 432 yards passing and four touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31. 

Brady went deep looking for Aaron Dobson and the rookie wide receiver came through. He caught an 81-yard touchdown bomb with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter before LeGarrette Blount added a 5-yard touchdown with 2:41 left, giving the Patriots an insurmountable lead.

It was Dobson's fifth reception for 130 yards and second touchdown of the game. It's the rookie's first time recording more than 100 yards receiving. 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery for his third touchdown reception of the day, pulling the Steelers within 10 points of the Patriots, 41-31, just two plays prior.

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley churned his way to a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Dobson caught a back shoulder 17-yard touchdown pass at the top of the quarter as the Patriots took a 41-24 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to help the Patriots kick off 17-0 run. The Patriots outscored the Steelers 28-3 in the fourth quarter and 31-17 in the second half. 

The team combined for a season-high 611 yards of offense and NFL-high 55 points. 

Roethlisberger threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Cotchery, capitalizing on a fumble by Ridley to open the second half, and then added an 8-yard touchdown strike to the receiver in the third quarter as the Steelers pulled into 24-24 tie.

Ridley, who finished with 115 yards on 26 carries, plowed his way in for a 1-yard touchdown as the Patriots capitalized on two defensive pass interference penalties before halftime. 

Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 27-yard touchdown pass with Alfonzo Dennard in coverage as the Steelers tried to close the gap on the Patriots in the second quarter.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 20-yard field goal to give the Patriots a two-touchdown lead before Roethlisberger's touchdown strike made it a 7-point game. 

Gostkowski's field goal was set up by a 57-yard throw to Danny Amendola who was wide open over the middle of the field. However, the Patriots were unable to capitalize with a touchdown on the long throw after Tom Brady was sacked for an 8-yard loss. 

Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 19-yard touchdown pass with Troy Polamalu and Jarvis Jones in coverage in the second quarter. The Patriots quarterback also threw a 34-yard touchdown strike to Danny Amendola down the seam of the field in the first quarter. That touchdown was set up by a Devin McCourty interception just one play prior. 

Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham added a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter.



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