Before officially closing the book on the Patriots' 55-31 win over the Steelers, one final observation:
In reviewing the game, it stood out that the Patriots had success with play-action passing, which is often only possible when a team makes a commitment to run from the outset. The Patriots did so.
According to ESPN's Stats & Information department, the Patriots produced the following against the Steelers using play-action:
Pass yards: 239
Total QBR: 99.7
Those results were a welcomed change for the Patriots, as they had not been solid in that area this season:
Pass yards: 557 (69.6 per game)
Total QBR: 57.7