The Patriots traveled to Pittsburgh looking to get the bad taste of last week's loss in Miami out of their mouths. The Week 15 showdown was supposed to be a chance for the team to bounce back and restore its place among the hierarchy in the AFC.
Instead, New England limped how from Pittsburgh amidst a flurry of mistakes and poor play with more work to be done simply to clinch the AFC East.
ESPN.com says uncharacteristic mistakes cost the Patriots in their loss to the Steelers. The loss means the Patriots can kiss the No. 1 seed goodbye says the Boston Globe. The Boston Herald also writes about the bevy of Patriots mistakes.
The Boston Globe offers a best and worst from Sunday’s loss. For the defense, the issue remains stopping the run. Dan Shaughnessy wonders if this is the end of the Patriots dynasty.
The Boston Herald says there’s not much normal about this Patriots team. They also write about the play of rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson.
The Providence Journal writes about the Patriots continuing road woes. The Athletic says the Patriots simply aren’t good enough.
NBC Sports Boston provides its best and worst from Sunday. The Patriots are who we hoped they weren’t.
The Boston Sports Journal says it’s time for Tom Brady to play like Tom Brady.
Despite the prospects of having to go on the road, ESPN.com says the Patriots playoff path isn’t daunting. The Boston Globe has a different view, saying this team simply isn’t the same.