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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Pylon Pics: Pittsburgh Steelers win in their reintroduction to the Patriots

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click to enlarge Joe Haden intercepts a fourth quarter pass by Tom Brady. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Joe Haden intercepts a fourth quarter pass by Tom Brady.

For the first time all season, the Pittsburgh Steelers elected not to do individual player introductions against the New England Patriots.

Typically the starters from either the offense or defense will be announced one at a time and make their way through the fog and the fancy lights while pumping up themselves and the crowd before kickoff. And I was ready. On my stomach, waiting for some dramatic images. But nothing happened. I can only speculate but I'm going to assume that this type of pregame hype wasn't warranted against a team that was 2-11 all-time against Tom Brady coming into today's game. Perhaps they felt as if both sides of the ball equally needed to contribute to this game in order for them to come out of it with a win.

But win they did. 17-10. And they did it without starting running back, James Conner who remains injured. Rookie backup, Jaylen Samuels, finished the game with 19 carries and 142 yards.

We'll see if head coach Mike Tomlin keeps with the winning tradition for the last home regular season game of the season, Dec. 30 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team has one more hurdle in their way, the New Orleans Saints, on Dec. 23.

click to enlarge Maurkice Pouncey takes a moment to himself in the tunnel. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Maurkice Pouncey takes a moment to himself in the tunnel.
click to enlarge AB takes the field against the Patriots. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • AB takes the field against the Patriots.
click to enlarge Vance McDonald scored on the first drive of the game. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Vance McDonald scored on the first drive of the game.
click to enlarge JuJu Smith-Schuster with an important third down catch on a scoring drive. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster with an important third down catch on a scoring drive.
click to enlarge JuJu Smith-Schuster fights off a defender following a catch. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster fights off a defender following a catch.
click to enlarge Antonio Brown celebrates the Steelers second and final touchdown of the game. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Antonio Brown celebrates the Steelers second and final touchdown of the game.
click to enlarge JuJu stiff-arms a defender following a catch. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • JuJu stiff-arms a defender following a catch.
click to enlarge Joe Haden with a defensive play on Julian Edelman, preventing the catch. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Joe Haden with a defensive play on Julian Edelman, preventing the catch.
click to enlarge James Washington evades a stretched out Jason McCourty on a catch. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • James Washington evades a stretched out Jason McCourty on a catch.
click to enlarge Fan favorite Ryan Shazier gets the crowd pumped up from the sideline. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Fan favorite Ryan Shazier gets the crowd pumped up from the sideline.
click to enlarge T.J. Watt celebrates a defensive stop against the Patriots. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • T.J. Watt celebrates a defensive stop against the Patriots.
click to enlarge Rob Gronkowski is taken down by safety Sean Davis. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Rob Gronkowski is taken down by safety Sean Davis.
click to enlarge The Pittsburgh Steelers defense celebrates following Haden's interception. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers defense celebrates following Haden's interception.
click to enlarge Joe Haden let it out after the defense ended the game for the Steelers. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Joe Haden let it out after the defense ended the game for the Steelers.
click to enlarge Mike Hilton celebrates the 17-10 win against the Patriots. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Mike Hilton celebrates the 17-10 win against the Patriots.

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