Chris Hogan's 180 yards and 2 touchdowns made life easy for Tom Brady, pursuing another ring after 384 yards and 3 touchdown throws against a Steelers side who could just not get going.
Following a cluster of turnovers which also featured a sack on Brady, Steelers were forced to give up the ball again and they would be punished before the end of the 15 minute period. The quarter-back first threaded the needle to get Hogan far, and from there Tom Brady did Tom Brady things: shuffle into space, buy plenty of time, and then from 20 yards pick out Chris Hogan again, this time for the touchdown.
Brady controlled the Steelers defense. Notices the Hogan-Burns matchup, changes formation to get Hogan-Harrison for 26 yards pic.twitter.com/LFGJ1aLwI9— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 23, 2017
Deangelo Williams could easily still be a starter in this league. Here he gets the Steelers on the board! https://t.co/E0wN2K88Wo— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 23, 2017
Brady to Hogan could have been drilled all night long as the QB continued to find his teammate in acres of space. Midway through the second quarter, the Pats pulled off a sublime play when Dion Lewis prepared to run it but then threw it back to the star man, who scored the flea-flicker from beyond the 41 yard line to Hogan for another TD.
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— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) January 23, 2017
There was still no stopping the Brady-Hogan link when the third quarter began, getting the Pats into field goal territory to hit the 20-point mark, and following a turnover Hogan was again an incredibly hard man to take down. The whole offense would chip in to give LeGarrette Blount a helping hand when he ran into trouble in the form of some 7 defenders surrounding him, giving him a push towards the 1st & Goal. He would then slip through for the touchdown unscathed, and New England would recover a pass later to get another chance to score before the third was done. Edelman received Brady's pass comfortably, and the Super Bowl berth was beckoning.
Almost unstoppable.Brady: most Super Bowl appearances all-time (player)Belichick: most Super Bowl appearances all-time (head coach) pic.twitter.com/Ad1SvYB50T
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 23, 2017
Steelers made up some yards to close out the third and start the fourth, ending in a touchdown for Cobi Hamilton, which was then overturned for illegal play by the offense on the build-up. Patriots' subsequent drive didn't come to much, but an interception by Eric Rowe gave them back the ball and further brought down the minutes en route to full time. A field goal ended that move while Hamilton then scored a touchdown for Steelers, before Williams scored the two-point conversion to make it 36-17. That would be it though, with the Pats cruising to the end of regulation.
384 yards.3 touchdowns.Going for his 5th ring.TB12's highlights. 🔥 https://t.co/W62n31Msq3— NFL (@NFL) January 23, 2017
Another Super Bowl for Brady, while the Steelers are shut down. Once again, there were no weaknesses, just an AFC Championship to take home. They'll meet the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 on 5 February 2017.
⚡️ IT'S ON! ⚡️@Patriots clash with @AtlantaFalcons in TWO WEEKS for all the marbles at Super Bowl 51! 🏈🔥https://t.co/rDZ3JDuahm #SB51 pic.twitter.com/ASD2f9YToF— TheSportMatrix (@TheSportMatrix) January 23, 2017