PITTSBURGH -- Tom Brady broke the Pittsburgh Steelers? hearts again, and he got help from Duron Harmon.
Brady led New England to a touchdown with 56 seconds left that gave the Patriots a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Sunday, ruining Pittsburgh?s chance to clinch a first-round playoff bye and potentially home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
The game was marred by a left calf injury sustained in the first half by Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, who was taken to a hospital for further examination and treatment. Multiple media outlets reported that Brown will miss the rest of the regular season but might be able to return for the postseason.
An 8-yard run by Dion Lewis capped New England?s go-ahead, 77-yard drive in 1:10 to complete a rally from a 24-16 deficit.
The Steelers came right back on a 69-yard catch-and-run by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. The play moved the ball to the New England 10-yard line with 34 seconds left.
Tight end Jesse James appeared to have scored the go-ahead touchdown, but his 10-yard reception was reviewed and James was ruled to have not completed the catch. The ball came loose when he impacted the ground.
?I thought that he crossed the plane before the ball hit the ground,? Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. ?But the rule is you must possess it all the way through.?