Loss to Patriots, Steelers’ Playoff Hopes Take Another Hit

Loss to Patriots, Steelers’ Playoff Hopes Take Another Hit

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had an opportunity to create some gap in the race for an AFC wild-card spot, but they fell into the Patriots 21-18.

It became their second consecutive home loss in five days and they saw their playoff hopes take a serious hit.

On Thursday night, the Steelers couldn’t recover from a second-quarter 18-point hole against New England.

The win broke New England’s five-game losing streak and gave Bailey Zappe his first win as a starting QB this season.

Zappe threw three first-half touchdown passes as he brought the passing offense to life.

The New England Patriots defense also frustrated the Pittsburgh Steelers for most of the game. The loss frustrated the Steelers, though.

With a 7-6 record, Pittsburgh is the first team above .500 to lose consecutive games to teams at least eight games below .500.

It looks confusing as Pittsburgh began December by leading the top wild-card spot in the AFC.

Before meeting the Patriots, the Steelers were defeated by rebuilding Arizona with a 14-point loss.

Mitch Trubisky, Pittsburgh’s quarterback, made his first start in place of the injured Kenny Pickett.

Despite a late second-half surge, he couldn’t make a difference as Mitch finished 22 of 35 for 190 yards.

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