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Steelers vs. Patriots: Knee jerk reactions after Pittsburgh got hosed

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With no time to rationally think, one BTSC writer offers up his immediate thoughts from the Steelers’ matchup against the sons of the Revolution.

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A knee jerk reaction is common for most people, especially sports fans. Of course, I like to shoot first and apologize later. In this series, I like to record my immediate emotional reaction. I have those often. I know you in Steelers Nation do too.

After we have a chance to review things, we tend to alter our mindset. While watching the Steelers and the Patriots renew acquaintances, I recorded my initial thoughts in real time with no time to reconsider them. Take these in.

As always, I welcome you to weigh in.

First Quarter

  • Shazier in the house. That just made my week.
  • Those short passes to Bell are more important than runs against this defense.
  • They need to get in the receivers faces or Brady will pick them apart.
  • Nobody sells play action like Tom Brady.
  • Brown gets something out of nothing. That's why he deserves MVP consideration.
  • JuJu is new millennium for money.
  • Eli is alive!
  • Ben makes things happen. He's far and away on a different level than in September.
  • That Heyward sack is huge. You gotta knock Brady in the mouth. Miami did it.
  • Davis shadowing Gronk is imperative.
  • JuJu looked like a giant on that pass play.

Second Quarter

  • If Martavis is fired up, everybody is fired up. That was the prettiest play of the year for him.
  • Oh no! AB is irreplaceable.
  • Boswell from 50-plus is becoming commonplace.
  • Gronk just out-muscled Davis.
  • Artie Burns with his arms up in the air. They are confused on defense.
  • Hilton made that play happen.
  • You hit Brady. He gets flustered.
  • Proof that when Martavis wants to play...he can play.
  • Pats took a knee, they are out of whack. However...nobody adjusts better at the half than Belichick.

Third Quarter

  • Great coverage on Gronk and he still catches it.
  • Burkhead is a great weapon for the Pats.losing him would be tough.
  • Is Gronk the best TE to play the game?
  • Hilton is a beautiful find.
  • These receivers are catching balls while covered.
  • Gostkowski with a missed XP? That's like seeing a unicorn watching a DVD copy of the Star Wars 1978 Christmas special.
  • Blame the hold on the PAT.
  • Bud Dupree is alive? Nice.
  • Vince Williams has 1970s tenacity.
  • I feel awesome...for now.
  • This is an inspired team. 15 minutes to go.

Fourth Quarter

  • They've got the strategy. Just need to keep converting thirds.
  • Second and 23 is where you need Brown.
  • Really needed a pass on second down.
  • Play calling has been great, but this set of downs. No.
  • Burns got lucky or did he force Cooks out.
  • No question on that PI.
  • This is definitely....as advertised.
  • Oh Davis.
  • Room is right. Pass on first down. They are going to blow it.
  • I hate Gronk.
  • JuJu has the heart of a champion.
  • That was a tough one to overturn. His hand was under the ball.
  • Wow. What a loss.
  • I think this game still takes the Steelers to the Super Bowl. But that's just me.

As always, it is now time to re-watch highlights and pen my apologies. Thanks for indulging this patella ponderings.