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FOXBOROUGH — Ryan Clark was gambling and he knew it.
The Patriots were on their way to running for 197 yards as a team Sunday and throwing for 413, and all the Steelers could do was guess which one was coming.
On first and 10 from the 19 with the Steelers trailing, 41-31, late in the third quarter, Clark’s job was to play the pass.
But his gut told him to play the run.
When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady aired out a deep ball for wideout Aaron Dobson, safety Clark realized how wrong his hunch was.
So many things about their 55-31 loss were hard for the Steelers to swallow, but that 81-yard Dobson touchdown did as much to bruise a proud team’s ego as anything.