Sweet it was as the Patriots offense fired on all cylinders yesterday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nobody had a bigger grin on their face than quarterback Tom Brady. After the game, TB12 described the offense's performance by saying, "(things) don't always go like that":
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"You don’t wake up in the morning and think they’re going to be like that," he said after the Patriots' 55-31 victory over the Steelers. "That was pretty sweet."
Brady went off, and the rest of the offense looked as though they were just happy to join in the fun. Tightend Rob Gronkowski took a huge stride in his comeback tour, collecting 143 yards and a touchdown on 9 receptions. Rookie Aaron Dobson made up for a couple dropped passes by reeling in 130 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 catches, including an 81-yard TD reception. Hard to overlook Danny Amendola who was running all over the field while also breaking 100 yards receiving and getting a touchdown.
On the ground Stevan Ridley asserted himself as the team's #1 running back with 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. A rush that seemed to be stuffed at the line of scrimmage turned into one of the more impressive efforts this season as LeGarrette Blount kept pushing and plowed his way into the endzone for a well deserved TD.
"Who just earned himself another sticker? This guy!"
As for the conductor, Tom Brady had what was clearly the best game of his season; 22-of-33, 432 yards, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions. Lead by their quarterback's great performance, the Pats offense looked unstoppable. Though the Steelers defense is nowhere near the level they played just a few years ago, it is a respectable unit that the Patriots were simply toying with. Just as we did not jump to conclusions when the Patriots struggled offensively, we will not jump to any conclusions now that they finally over-achieved. It is hard not to get excited though.