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Steelers Report Card: Grading the Steelers’ Week-15 loss to the Patriots

BTSC uncaps the red pens and grades the Steelers’ Week-15 battle for the conference's top seed against New England.

NFL: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

With the 11-2 Steelers hosting New England in Week 15, the faculty and staff at BTSC filled out report cards based on the team's performance. Join us and see just how well they graded out in the devastating loss.

Offense: B

Great offensive scheme, until the end. Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell looked like MVPs. JuJu Smith-Schuster is absolutely electric, but conservative play at the end damned them.

Valedictorian: Le'Veon Bell

Honor Roll: Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster

Detention: Alejandro Villanueva, conservative play calling in the fourth quarter

Defense: C

Good use of man coverage. Got incredible pressure on Tom Brady, but couldn't stop or even slow down Rob Gronkowski. That lost the game for them.

Valedictorian: Stephon Tuitt

Honor Roll: Artie Burns, Vince Williams, Javon Hargrave, Cameron Heyward

Detention: T.J. Watt, Sean Davis, Mike Mitchell

Overall: B-

The team never found a way to control Gronkowski, and the interception at the end of the game after a rough call sullied a nice performance. But I have a feeling this team will get inspiration from this loss and look for redemption in January.