The Bad: Everything About Mitchell Trubisky and the Steelers Offensive Performance
As was mentioned by the broadcast crew, the Patriots don't have a bad defense. It lacks star power, but Bill and Steve Belichick still scheme it well given the circumstances. They stop the run well and force the opposing quarterback into making mistakes. They did a fantastic job of that tonight.
Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren combined for 40 yards on 19 carries. That put a lot of pressure on Mitchell Trubisky, who played exactly the way anyone who has ever had the displeasure of watching him play football would expect.
The playcalling was arrogant though, opting for first down and second and long runs far too often. Off of both the interception and blocked punt, the Steelers ran the ball on first down with Najee Harris instead of capitalizing on the splash plays.
Trubisky was nothing short of awful outside of the 25-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson. He failed to give Johnson, George Pickens or Pat Freiermuth ample opportunity to create plays, routinely throwing inaccurate passes or into coverage.
He also slid well short of the line to gain on a third down in the red zone down 11, which is just as inexplicable as it is unacceptable.
In the end, needing two yards to continue a potential game-winning drive on fourth down, Trubisky launched another baffling pass down the field to Johnson, effectively ending the game. That's just as much on him as it is on the coaches.