The Steelers come into Gillette Stadium for a playoff seeding match-up. The Steelers coming off a two game losing streak, and looking to right the ship. The Patriots riding a 7 game win streak, and looking to extend it. The first quarter was a bit of a defensive struggle. Both teams were trying to get a footing and see what the other team had to offer. The Steelers deferred the opening kick to the Pats. The Patriots, then started with a three and out. After the Pats punt, the Steelers drove down the field for the first score. A 20 yard field goal by J. Brown. Late in the first quarter, the Patriots answered with a score of their own. A 10 yard touchdown pass from Mallet to Gronk. 3-7 Patriots The second quarter began with a 42 yard field goal by J. Brown for the Steelers. The Pats then answered right back with a 22 yard touchdown pass to C. Cooley. Later in the quarter, the Steelers got another 20 yard field goal. With the clock running down to half-time. The Patriots had a solid drive, scoring with just four seconds left. Mallet tossed another 19 yard touch to Gronk. Closing the first half with a Patriots lead. The Pats were a little worried because Chris Johnson wasn't seeing many holes and all the credit to the Steelers for that. The plus for the Pats, was the fact they held the Steelers to all first half field goals. 9-21 Patriots The third quarter was a lot more exciting, with both teams scoring at will. Early in the quarter the Pats added a 45 yard boot by S. Gostkowski. Followed up two minutes later by a long 47 yard touchdown by R. Mendenhall. This is the quarter C. Johnson woke up. The next offensive play Johnson dashed for an 80 yard run for a touchdown. You could almost feel the Johnson was ready to take the game over after that play. The Steelers wasted no time at returning the favor. Their first play after the Pats kickoff was a long 76 yard touchdown pass to speed demon M. Wallace. After a couple of possession changes, Mallet hit T. Ginn on a 18 yard slant for a touchdown to close the quarter. 23-38 Patriots With the game still in reach, the Steelers marched down the field only taking three minutes off the clock. On a fourth and one, Roethlisberger ran a nice QB sneak in for a touchdown. Making the Patriots coach nervous and anxious to get the ball back. Chris Johnson would take control over the last 6 minutes. He finished the quarter with a 79 yard touchdown run and added a 33 yard one with 5 minutes left. The Pats would control the clock the rest of the way for the win. 37-52 Patriots R. Mallet had probably his most efficient game as a Patriot. He spread the ball around nicely and finished with a 149.7 QB rating. Player of the Game Chris Johnson rushed for 256 and 3 TD's on only 17 attempts. Good game Troy J. and good luck the rest of the way!