Steelers

Carter’s Classroom: Safeties must prove worth

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Sean Davis - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Last year when the Steelers lost to the Patriots 24-27 in a game where Tom Brady led his team to 11 points in the fourth quarter, many questioned the Steelers' personnel and game plan. Rob Gronkowski took over the game with 168 yards on nine catches and took away the Steelers' chance at home-field advantage in the playoffs.

A year later, the Steelers face the Patriots while trying to hold onto their slim division lead. But their recent struggles highlight similar trends that led to their demise last season:

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