Some key statistics and trends from the Patriots' 25-17 loss to the Steelers:
Empty backfield formations prove successful for Pittsburgh
NEXT LEVEL: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense consistently spread out the Patriots defense by emptying the backfield. Roethlisberger threw both of his touchdowns out of empty-set formations and recorded nine plays that went for first downs, shattering his previous mark of six.
Ben Roethlisberger in Empty-Set Formations -- Sunday vs Patriots
10+ yd plays
>>Sets single-game high since 2008
High efficiency, high production
NEXT LEVEL: Ben Roethlisberger had been above average all season at completing short throws, but Roethlisberger turned in an elite performance against the Patriots on Sunday. Both of Roethlisberger’s touchdown passes came on throws fewer than 10 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger, Throws 10 Yards or Fewer -- 2011 Season
1st Down pct
Patriots abandon the run
The Patriots ran the ball 12 times on Sunday against the Steelers, their fewest number of rushes in a game since Week 14 of 2007 (nine rushes, 22 yards in a 34-13 win against Pittsburgh). The Steelers entered the game allowing 4.5 yards per rush (19th in NFL).
Patriots Rushing -- 2011 Season
Steelers’ defensive backs contain Brady
NEXT LEVEL: Tom Brady threw for 5.9 yards per attempt on Sunday against the Steelers against at least five defensive backs. Entering Sunday, Brady was averaging more than nine yards per attempt this season. Since 2008, the Patriots are 0-4 when Brady is held to fewer than six yards per attempt against at least five defensive backs.
Fewest Yards per Attempt vs 5+ DBs -- Single Game, Tom Brady Since 2008
Yards per attempt
'09 at NYJ
'09 at DEN
Sunday at PIT
'10 at CLE
>>Patriots lost all 4 games
Steelers move the chains
The Patriots defense could not get off the field on Sunday against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger completed 9-of-12 passes on third down for 104 yards and both of his touchdowns.
Patriots Defense on 3rd Down -- 2011 Season
1st Down pct
Pass Comp pct
>>31st in NFL
Patriots struggle to stretch field
NEXT LEVEL: The Patriots entered Week 8 with 33 pass plays of 20 or more yards, 3rd in the NFL (5.5 per week). They had one play go that distance Sunday in Pittsburgh. Big plays in the New England passing game have been on the decline this season: