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Stats ‘N’ At: Historic failure for Steelers ☕

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BILL BELICHICK, STEVEN BRAULT, ALEX GALCHENYUIK - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Steelers' Sunday night showdown with the Patriots quickly devolved into a clunker. The passing attack, sans new Patriot Antonio Brown, was limited to quick-hit passes. Receivers outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington were either drop-prone or were dropped to the turf right after the catch. The run game, a catalyst in last December's 17-10 triumph against New England, was nonexistent. And a seemingly turbo charged defense -- speedier linebackers, a deeper assortment of corners -- was eviscerated by a Patriots squad no longer employing Rob Gronkowski, while starting a safety from the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

Hey, at least Chris Boswell connected on a field goal.

The game, to put it mildly, was an abject disaster. But just where does the Steelers' 33-3 setback to kick off the 2019 season rank in terms of their historical struggles with Bill BelichickTom Brady and the unkillable Patriots? Let's take a closer and look.

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