Instead, the Patriots are 7-5 in the tightly bound division, tied with the Miami Dolphins and still one game behind the first-place Jets.
The Steelers overwhelmed Matt Cassel in the cold rain and took advantage of several turnovers. Cassel threw interceptions and was stripped twice on sacks. Matthew Slater also bumbled a kickoff return to set up a Steelers touchdown.
Cassel wasn't helped by his receivers, who let a few big plays hit the turf. Randy Moss dropped what should've been a touchdown at the end of the first half and botched a couple of others. Jabar Gaffney dropped what would have been a long gain in the fourth quarter.
Cassel's final stat line: 19 of 39 for 169 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. His streak of 400-yard games wouldn't have remained intact if you added in those 112 yards of interception returns.