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Patriots Bend Steelers for 39-26 Win



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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sacked by Mike Wright #99 of the New England Patriots on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ben Roethlisberger;Mike Wright

    Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and steamrolled for another on a quarterback keeper as the New England Patriots re-established the AFC's upper-crust pecking order with a 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    All three of Brady's touchdown throws were to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski, who enjoyed the first three-touchdown game of his young career.

    The matchup of the AFC's multiple Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks did not disappoint. Both Brady and Ben Roethlisberger threw for more than 300 yards, but Roethlisberger spent most of the game without receiver Hines Ward. Ward left the game in the first quarter with a concussion.

    Replacement kicker Shayne Graham missed an extra point, so we're not thrilled with him. Graham did, though, hit both field goal attempts in his Patriots debut.

    Tom Brady is now 4-for-5 for his career at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is madly trying to score a bootleg copy of Sarah Palin's reality show.