Kids Dave Robinson Jersey “This team is strong,” said center Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers, winners of nine straight.
The Steelers were practically allergic to touchdowns Sunday, powered by Chris Boswell’s leg in an MVP performance for kickers. His six field goals set a postseason record.
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The Chiefs kept coming in the fourth quarter, driving 75 yards for a touchdown over more than seven minutes of game clock.
Then the defense stood up like it had all game.
“We know this is just the beginning,” tight end Martellus Bennett said. “And we have to play better if we want to get to where we want to go.”
Tom Brady threw two interceptions against the Texans — the same amount he threw all season. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
That was the clear and obvious message in the postgame locker room, where the players were obviously happy to have won but dissatisfied with the way they had played. Running back Dion Lewis scored three touchdowns, but his mind was on two fumbles. Brady completed only 47 percent of his passes and wasn’t exactly walking on sunshine about it.
“It doesn’t feel great,” Brady said. “We work pretty hard to play a lot better than we played.”
The silver lining here, if you’re a Patriots fan, is that the Patriots didn’t look their best Saturday because they didn’t need to. They haven’t needed to for a while. They’ve won eight games in a row, but the only team they’ve played during that time that finished the season in the top 20 in passer rating was the Miami Dolphins. Houston’s defense gave New England everything it had Saturday, but none of that mattered once Brock Osweiler started throwing interceptions.