At the end of it all, this wasn't so much about vanquishing the Patriots -- finally -- as it was about getting a much-needed victory.
That it came against the Patriots to end a three-game losing streak was icing on the cake. But that the victory came at all, well, that was something nobody in the Steelers locker room was taking for granted. Not after what had happened in the previous three games.
But, just like what happened in each of the past two games, there was the defense on the field late in a game trying to hold a lead. Where it had failed in losses to both the Chargers and Raiders, it held up in this instance.
The Steelers forced three consecutive incompletions from Tom Brady from their own 21 in the closing seconds, two of which were intended for notable nemesis Rob Gronkowski, as they held on to beat the Patriots, 17-10, Sunday at Heinz Field.