Flashback: Steelers Get a Rare Win Over Brady and the Patriots in October of 2011

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers played maybe their best game against the Patriots at Heinz Field back on October 30th 2011, a game in which they finally did something they normally never do, hold Tom Brady in check.

Yes people will point to the 2004 game in which they stopped the Patriots record setting 21-game winning streak as maybe the best game the Steelers ever played against Brady, but seven seasons later the Pats and Steelers did battle a day before Halloween at Heinz Field, and the Steelers gave a complete effort against a Pats team that came into Pittsburgh with a 5-1 record.

The Steelers were 5-2 entering the game, and while that 2011 season ended with a bitter overtime loss to Tim Tebow and the Broncos after the club went 12-4 in the regular season, one of their high points was the beating of the Pats in front of a loud home crowd at Heinz.

Today we look back at that game in our ‘Flashback’ and game story from Sunday, October 30th as the Steelers beat the Pats 25-17 in the 8th week of the 2011 season.

They have exercised the demons.

For now at least.

A day before the 7th anniversary of the 2004 Halloween white wash of the New England Patriots, the Steelers Sunday flexed some muscle on both sides of the ball, finally stopping Tom Brady and New England in a hard fought 25-17 win.

The victory puts the Steelers at 6-2, still 1/2 game up on the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. They also are the first AFC team with six wins. The Patriots fall to 5-2 and in a first place tie with the Buffalo Bills, who shutout the Washington Redskins in Toronto.

The Steelers dominated the game, much like the October 31st 2004 game in which they stopped the Patriots NFL record 21-game winning streak by winning 34-20.

This win was more impressive, as it came with the Steelers missing a number of key players, including James Harrison, James Farrior, and during the game they lost LB LaMarr Woodley, who had two sacks of Brady.

Ben Roethlisberger was 36-for-50 for 365 yards with two touchdowns and a pick that at the time allowed the Pats to get back in the game. They got to him during the game, as Roethlisberger was sacked five times.

Click HERE to Read the Rest about the Steelers 25-17 win that day

About the Author

Matt Loede
Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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