Patriots survive Steelers 27-24, take control of AFC

PITTSBURGH (WPRI) – It was an ending reminiscent of Super Bowl XLIX – New England’s opponent about to win the game and the Patriots steal it with an interception in the end zone.

After a controversial touchdown catch by Jesse James was called incomplete by the referees, Duron Harmon intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone to seal the improbable Patriots victory.

With the win, the Patriots took over the top seed in the AFC, meaning if they win their last two games against Buffalo and New York they will have home field advantage in the playoffs. It is the team’s ninth straight AFC East title.

Rob Gronkowski was sensational in his return from suspension, catching nine balls for 168 yards.

Tom Brady completed 22 of 35 passes for 298 yards. He did have one touchdown to Brandin Cooks,but also had an interception, his first against the Steelers since 2005.

Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead both had rushing TDs for New England.

Roethlisberger went 22 for 30 with 282 yards. He threw for one touchdown, but his interception at the end of the game proved to be the difference.

It was the Patriots’ fifth straight win against Pittsburgh in the regular season and playoffs.

Sunday’s matchup was the Patriots’ third straight road game and their fifth in the last six weeks.

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