FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots didn’t just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, they obliterated their AFC opponent.
In a 55-31 win, the Patriots saw season-highs in several offensive categories, including points scored, total yards (610), and first downs (33).
Individually, several players saw record performances and season-highs. Rob Gronkowski caught a career-high nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. Danny Amendola caught four passes for 122 yards, a season-high, and his first touchdown from Tom Brady. And rookie Aaron Dobson caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, making it his first 100-yard receiving game and first multiple-touchdown game.
It was the first time the Patriots finished with three receivers with more than 100 yards in a game in team history.
Stevan Ridley had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, carrying the ball 26 times for 115 yards and two scores. It was also the first time he had recorded more than 20 carries in a game this season.
And Brady, who was at his most spectacular, finished 23 of 33 passing for 432 yards and four touchdowns. He had a 151.8 quarterback rating.
“It feels good,” Brady said. “They don’t always go like that. That was a fun day. It was good execution. I think for the most part, that was our best day of execution. You don’t wake up in the morning and think they’re going to be like that. That was pretty sweet.”