Steelers lose to Patriots. Defense has communication issues covering Gronkowski. Tomlin upset about headsets not working.
New England 28, Pittsburgh 21
Sept. 10, 2015
• The Steelers are now 14-10 all-time against the Patriots.
• The Steelers are now 2-1 in the NFL annual primetime kickoff game since the debut of the game in 2002.
• Pittsburgh is 9-4 in its last 13 season-opening games (since 2003).
• The Steelers are 423-272-2 during the regular season since 1970.
• The offense produced a 300-yard passer (Ben Roethlisberger), 100-yard rusher (DeAngelo Williams) and a 100-yard receiver (Antonio Brown) for the first time since Dec. 7, 2014 at Cincinnati.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• Is now 82-47 during the regular season, including 35-30 on the road.
• Is now 26-15 in primetime games as head coach of the Steelers since 2007, including 5-5 on Thursday night.
• Is now 2-4 against New England and 1-3 on the road vs. the Patriots.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Made his 159th start, breaking a tie with Terry Bradshaw (158) for the most starts by a quarterback in Steelers history.
• Completed 26-of-38 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 95.4.
• Is now 106-53 as a starter during the regular season.
• Is now 3-5 against New England in the regular season.
• Totaled 351 passing yards, his 38th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
• Threw for 351 yards, marking his second consecutive regular-season opener with over 300 passing yards (365 vs. Cleveland, Sept. 7, 2014) and the third Kickoff Weekend game in his career with 300 or more passing yards (363 vs. Tennessee, Sept. 10, 2009).
• Eclipsed 300 passing yards for the fourth consecutive game in his career against the Patriots.
WR Antonio Brown
• Recorded a team-high nine catches for a game-best 133 receiving yards with one touchdown.
• Has registered at least one reception in 73 consecutive games in which he has played, including the postseason – dating back to October 3, 2010.
• Extended his current regular season game streak with a touchdown reception to three – only the second such streak of his NFL career (four games: Dec. 9, 2012 – Dec. 30, 2012).
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
• Totaled four catches for 58 yards – both personal-bests as a Steeler.
• Hauled in a 43-yard reception in the second quarter – the longest catch of his career since 2012 (Dec. 6 – 56-yard TD).
RB DeAngelo Williams
• Made his first start as a Steeler and rushed for 127 yards on 21 carries in his Pittsburgh debut.
• Rushed for 127 yards – his first 100-yard rushing yard game since Sept. 22, 2013 – and 20th of his NFL career.
• Totaled 132 yards from scrimmage (127 rushing and 5 receiving) – his first game with 100 or more scrimmage yards since Dec. 29, 2013.
FB Will Johnson
• Scored the team’s first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run – the first rushing score of his NFL career.
TE Heath Miller
• Posted eight catches for 84 receiving yards.
• Extended his consecutive regular-season games started streak to 31 – the third-longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL tight ends.
• With his first catch in tonight’s game, extended his consecutive games played with a catch streak to 105 – dating back to 11/3/2008 vs. Washington (including the postseason).
• Eclipsed 50 receiving yards for the 51st time in his regular season (third-most such games among active NFL tight ends).
-from Steelers Postgame notes