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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Play-action game finds its groove

By Mike Reiss

Before officially closing the book on the Patriots' 55-31 win over the Steelers, one final observation:

In reviewing the game, it stood out that the Patriots had success with play-action passing, which is often only possible when a team makes a commitment to run from the outset. The Patriots did so.

According to ESPN's Stats & Information department, the Patriots produced the following against the Steelers using play-action:

Completions: 8
Attempts: 12
Pass yards: 239
Touchdowns: 2
Interceptions: 0
Total QBR: 99.7
Sacks: 0

Those results were a welcomed change for the Patriots, as they had not been solid in that area this season:

Completions: 27
Attempts: 59
Pass yards: 557 (69.6 per game)
Touchdowns: 2
Interceptions: 1
Total QBR: 57.7
Sacked: 7