November 4, 2013

Patriots Beat: Patriots offense gets rolling

New England rolls up 600 yards of offense in a win over Pittsburgh at home.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, right, tackles Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 55-31.

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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) scores a touchdown in front of Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.

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Brady noted that the return of Gronkowski and Amendola gives the offense more options. But, he continued, “I think overall the team just keeps making improvements and that’s the most important thing.”

Mike Tomlin, the respected Steelers coach, had a very simple explanation for what happened after the Patriots scored 31 points in the final 20 minutes: “We didn’t stop them. That’s the bottom line. We couldn’t stop them.”

And maybe that’s what was so surprising about this game. The Steelers’ reputation is one of tough defense.

“You’ve got to earn everything you get against that team, especially that defense,” said Ryan Wendell, the Patriots center.

“I mean, those guys have played in that system for a long time and they all know how to play really well. And that defensive coordinator, (Dick) LeBeau, I mean he knows where to put those guys in position.

“So being able to score points like that, seeing our guys execute, run the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball, it’s a lot of fun to watch.”

If you’re from New England that is.

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