NFL Week 14: Pats lose to Steelers in OT
The New England Patriots lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
The game was tied at 10 in the third quarter when New England recovered a fumble by safety Devin McCourty and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
After a series of plays, the Patriots finally recovered a Ryan Allen field goal with 5:51 left in the game.
But that didn’t prevent the Patriots from losing their second straight game in overtime, a contest they lost by a score of 38-34.
“It’s an important loss for us and I think we all know what we’re up against,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.
“We have to get a little more organized.
We need to be a little bit more disciplined, but it’s a big win for us.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and was sacked once in the loss.
The Patriots led by as many as 19 points in the first half.
They had one chance to tie it, but the play was stopped by an illegal formation penalty.
New England was able to tie the game on a 28-yard field goal by Josh Boyce with 5 minutes, 35 seconds left in regulation.
But that was all it took for the Patriots to lose their third straight game.
The Patriots had an opportunity to tie things up late in the second half, but linebacker Rob Ninkovich was called for a personal foul after being knocked out of bounds by Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The officials called for additional time to review the play, and the officials overturned the penalty and said the Patriots could have recovered the fumble.
Instead, Hernandez was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, as well as a late hit on Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola.
Both players were ejected.
The Pats also lost quarterback Tom Savage to a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, and tight end Logan Paulsen to a concussion in the final minutes of regulation.
New Orleans is 4-1.