Tom Brady, Patriots pummel the Steelers

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots had their best outing of the season Sunday against a depleted Steelers team, posting a 55-31 win by running away with the game in the fourth quarter.
New England heads into its bye week at 7-2 and with a two-game lead over the surprising Jets in the AFC East after New York upset New Orleans at MetLife Stadium.
The offensive outburst and overall performance of his team left even coach Bill Belichick wondering how it all came together.
“Well, I’m not exactly sure how it all happened today; maybe we got our inspiration from the Red Sox, I’m not sure,” Belichick said. “It was certainly a big point output and that’s always good. I thought our guys played hard today. We had a few problems there but overall I thought we hung in there, made some plays in all three phases of the game, scored some points.
“I thought these guys put in a really good week of work and showed up on Sunday. That’s always a good thing.”
Several members of the Red Sox, as well as team owner John Henry, were on hand for the game, honored in a pregame ceremony; pitcher Jon Lester and the World Series trophy served as honorary captains.
After a stellar third quarter a week earlier against the Dolphins to turn the game in their favor, the Patriots stumbled out of the locker room at the half Sunday and allowed Pittsburgh to tie the game.
But New England rebounded in a big way in the fourth with 28 points; the 55 points are the most ever given up by Pittsburgh, one of the oldest, most storied franchises in the NFL.
“It’s embarrassing,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “This isn’t an organization that does that. But what can you say? It’s on film now.”