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Steelers Week 14 Postgame Recap And Commentary

From the very first Patriots offensive possession of the game, the Steelers were doomed.

Gold endzones, color rush uniforms, and a struggling team in front of them. Everything seemed right for redemption. Instead, it was Bailey Zappe and his team who got the jump on them early and escaped Acrisure Stadium with a 21-18 victory over the Steelers. With the loss, the team falls to 7-6, putting their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

On defense, the team struggled mightily in the first quarter. Targeting both defensive back Damontae Kazee and linebacker Mykal Walker often, Zappe and his crew had success on their first offensive drive, which ended with an 11-yard touchdown to running back Ezekiel Elliott. Following an interception by quarterback Mitch Trubisky, the Patriots would score again to extend the lead to 11. A few sequences later, they would surrender their third touchdown of the game after a 24-yard touchdown grab by tight end Hunter Henry.

On offense, Trubisky struggled to find any consistency until late in the second quarter when he helped engineer an 8-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard touchdown reception by receiver Diontae Johnson.

In the second half, the Steelers defense was able to keep the Patriots off the scoreboard. Walker's interception helped give the team some life, though they failed to score on their next possession. After a blocked punt by safety Miles Killebrew, the offense was able to capitalize on the good field position with a 1-yard touchdown run by Trubisky and a successful 2-pt conversion to cut the lead to three. Unfortunately, the Steelers failed to score again, despite consecutive stops by the defense.

Their loss against a sub-500 club in this game was their second consecutive, which does not bode well for head coach Mike Tomlin as the squad is getting worse every week. It will be interesting to watch if they qualify for the playoffs, but for now, this team's morale seems low and there don't seem to be many answers in sight.

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