Okay, that first drive was terrible. Atrocious. Disgusting. Other synonyms. It was a train wreck, surrounded by confusion and terrible communication. It looked like Brady was going to put up 500 yards in this game easily.
From that point on the Steelers allowed only three points. THREE POINTS. For three-and-a-half quarters. Three points. Against Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and the Patriots. Does it get better than that?
Not only was this the best game the defense played this season, but it also broke the trend of not stopping teams late in games throughout the season. The defense came up big in the red zone twice in the 4th quarter. The pass rush made Brady uncomfortable quite a bit throughout the game and the coverage was sensational for the most part. Also, Rob Gronkowski was limited to only two catches for 21 yards.
The coaching staff deserves credit for a great gameplan, but credit goes to the the players for making plays and executing and tackling well. And of course, the most memorable moment goes to the big stand at the end of the game.