Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tom Brady Improves to 5-2 Over Ben Roethlisberger

In an entertaining game Sunday afternoon, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 55-31.  He did it with the help and reemergence of receivers, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.

The game got off to a crazy start midway into the first quarter after the Patriots had a run play on fourth and one from inside the half yard line called a touchdown and then reversed on replay.  On the ensuing play, the Steelers held, took over on downs and the game remained 0-0.

Later on, the Patriots would almost set their record for most points in a game.

The Steelers made things interesting in the third quarter by getting the game back to even after trailing by two touchdowns at halftime.  But, Brady decided to turn on the gas and ended up passing for more than four hundred yards and four touchdowns.

Also Sunday, Roethlisberger joined a legendary multiple winning quarterback list who have thrown 200 touchdowns.

It is a rare occurrence for multiple winning quarterbacks to face off in the NFL (I've written about this topic before).  Roethlisberger vs. Brady is the most prolific head to head of all-time.  Although, if Peyton Manning was to win another Super Bowl, Brady versus P. Manning would take over that stat.

Tom Brady has matched up against Roethlisberger in head to head quarterbacking in the regular season six times.

Interestingly, every time they have played against each other in the regular season, one of the teams has gone on to the Super Bowl.

In 2004, Roethlisberger's rookie season, they met twice, once in the regular season, won by the Steelers. In the AFC Championship game, which the Patriots won, they played their only match up in the playoffs so far. The Patriots went on to win a consecutive Super Bowl (the last team to do so) over the Philadelphia Eagles. They won the 2003 season Super Bowl over the Carolina Panthers.

In 2005, the Patriots beat the Steelers in the regular season, but the Steelers went on to win a controversial victory (referees had thrown questionable flags repeatedly in favor of the Steelers) over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

In 2007, in a perfect regular season, the Patriots dispatched the Steelers in one of their 16 victories.  They ended up losing out on matching the '72 Dolphins as the New York Giants pulled off the surprise win.

In 2010, the Patriots won the regular season game, but the Steelers were the ones going to the Super Bowl, losing to the Green Bay Packers.

In 2011, the Steelers won the regular season game, but the Patriots ended up in the Super Bowl, again losing to the New York Giants.

In 2008, the Steelers beat a Patriots team led by Matt Cassel.  The Steelers won the Super Bowl that year against the Arizona Cardinals.

Does the win Sunday mean the Patriots are going to this season's Super Bowl?

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