Steelers vs. Patriots final score, results: Bailey Zappe’s first-half flourish propels New England to upset win

Last week’s “Thursday Night Football” contest provided fans with something that they’ve been desperately waiting for: an enthralling football game. The Cowboys and Seahawks jostled back and forth for superiority, blotting the lush green canvas with bright streaks of gold and glitter en route to 76 combined points, 817 combined yards and — most impressively — zero punts.

That simply won’t do, at least not compared to the average “TNF” matchup spectators are served up. No worries, though. Amazon Prime has us covered, filling our beaks with another underwhelming matchup the likes of which we have seen all too often on the weekly program.

The Steelers host the Patriots in a battle of two sides with harrowing defenses and not much else. Pittsburgh (7-5) has enjoyed another solid season under Mike Tomlin, retaining its status as a defensive juggernaut while doing enough to remain competitive in a challenging AFC North.

But an ankle injury to Kenny Pickett means Mitch Trubisky is taking the reins of the offense on Thursday. That won’t inspire a lot of confidence among those hoping to be shrouded in offensive vigor.

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Fortunately for Tomlin and Co., they’ll be greeted by an attack with even less incentive to score. New England (2-10) is in a race to the bottom, felled by putrid quarterback play. Whether it’s Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe, the Pats can’t seem to find the end zone. For all of its defensive solidity — New England possesses one of the best rearguards in all the land — if you can’t score, you can’t win. And the Patriots have shown little capability of finding the target in recent weeks.

It’s not the most appealing affair. But legions of onlookers will be glued to their seat regardless, either by way of having stakes in the matchup or in an effort to appease their masochistic desires.

So grab a chair, a mug of hazelnut caramel tea and perhaps a wool blanket as well. We’re going to be here a while. Might as well get comfortable.

The Sporting News is tracking live updates from the ‘Thursday Night Football’ clash between the Steelers and Patriots. Follow below for highlights and live results from all the action as it happens in from Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Steelers vs. Patriots score

  1 2 3 4 F
Steelers 3 7 0 8 18
Patriots 14 7 0 0 21

Steelers vs. Patriots live updates, results, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’

(All times Eastern)

End of fourth quarter: Patriots 21, Steelers 18

11:18 p.m.: The Steelers attempt at a hook-and-lateral play falls short! The Patriots (somehow) win tonight’s game!

11:16 p.m.: Steelers have one more opportunity. Trubisky returns to the field with 15 seconds left and a whole field to race through. Started with a decent bit of yardage courtesy of a throw to Johnson. Seven seconds left.

11:11 p.m.: Elliott barrels through the mist, but is unable to reach the marker for the first down! Pittsburgh still has a chance!

11:06 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS! Trubisky delivers a pass towards the Johnson! But his throw strays wide, giving the ball back to the Pats with a little less than two minutes left.

10:55 p.m.: Shocking call by the referees, who rule that Pittsburgh committed a false start despite it looking like the Patriots were offsides on the hard count. I am confused in every sense of the word!

10:52 p.m.: Steelers move the chains on fourth down after holding the Pats scoreless on the ensuing drive. Pittsburgh is surging!

10:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Five plays later and Pittsburgh finds the end zone! Trubisky leaps over the mire to bag another score and bring the Steelers even closer! They add a two-point conversion one play later! It’s getting interesting here at Acrisure!

Patriots 21, Steelers 18

10:35 p.m.: BLOCKED PUNT! Pittsburgh’s special team comes through in the clutch! Swats away New England’s punt to set the Pats up in brilliant field position!

10:31 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS! Jaylen Warren unable to break free at the border! The Patriots hold on fourth!

End of third quarter: Patriots 21, Steelers 10

10:25 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Zappe’s first blemish of the day! The Pats gunslinger attempted to rifle a pass into Smith-Schuster’s wicket. However, it rattled off his frame (courtesy of an impressive Minkah Fitzpatrick deflection) and straight into the waiting arms of Mykal Walker, who takes it back all the way to New England’s 15-yard line! Huge play that should help the Steelers conjure up some points.

10:14 p.m.: Steelers defense reaches Zappe like a flash, sending him into the turf on third down. Pittsburgh is giving itself a chance to get back into this one. And it’s coming on the defensive end.

10:00 p.m.: What a play by tight end Connor Hayward! Hurdled over his opposition marker and stretch over the first down line to keep the chains moving on third down! Great start thus far for the Steelers.

End of second quarter: Patriots 21, Steelers 10

9:28 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Trubisky steals hearts with a peach of a pass to Diontae Johnson. 25 yards with swiftness! Pittsburgh is on the board!

Patriots 21, Steelers 10

9:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Zappe hits Henry with perhaps the best throw of his career for his third score of the game! What a showing!

Patriots 21, Steelers 3

9:17 p.m.: Zappe carving through this Pittsburgh defense with relative ease. Just completed a 28-yard dart to Smith-Schuster. En Fuego…

9:11 p.m.: Been a rough watch for Trubisky so far. He’s 3-of-8 for 19 yards and an interception. And he’s got the Steelers fans yearning for the dulcet tones of Mason Rudolph.

9:02 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Patriots add to the mix with another score courtesy of a Zappe strike to Hunter Henry. New England is rolling!

Patriots 14, Steelers 3

8:57 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Trubisky’s errant throw finds a certain Jabrill Peppers, who takes it down some 32 yards towards the Pats’ end zone.

End of first quarter: Patriots 7, Steelers 3

8:45 p.m.: Zappe has been quite effective thus far. He’s 6-of-8 for 97 yards and the score. Just completed a pair of dots, first to Tyquan Thompson, then to Smith-Schuster. He’s got the Patriots barreling towards midfield.

8:32 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Chris Boswell sinks from distance to cut that early Pats’ advantage to four.

Patriots 7, Steelers 3

8:29 p.m.: Trubisky gets a bit of fortune, seeing his interception overturned after J.J. Jackson is called for a defensive pass interference.

8:26 p.m.: Trubisky and the Steelers frolic onto the meadow. And Trubisky starts the game with a bang, slaloming beyond defenders for a 15-yard carry

8:22 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Zappe finds Elliott to open the scoring early! How delightful! A first period score!

Patriots 7, Steelers 0

8:21 p.m.: Zappe races down the field for a dozen yards of so. New England is inside the 20-yard line.

8:19 p.m.: Zappe airs things out, hitting Smith-Schuster with a delicate strike. Great start for the Pats, who are on the brink of the red zone after a few plays!

8:18 p.m.: First play of the game and T.J. Watt is down! Looks like he took a serious shot to the head while attempting to bring down Ezekiel Elliott.

8:15 p.m.: Patriots streaming onto the field. Bailey Zappe leading the troops tonight.

7:58 p.m.: The Patriots have dressed three wide receivers for tonight’s game. In case you were wondering how seriously they are taking this one.

7:50 p.m.: Lots of love for former Steeler Juju Smith-Schuster, who returns to Acrisure Stadium for the first time as a member of the Patriots.

Steelers vs. Patriots start time

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Thursday night’s game between the Steelers and the Patriots will kick off in prime time at 8:15 p.m. ET from Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh.

What channel is Steelers vs. Patriots on today?

  • Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
  • TV channel (Pittsburgh): WPXI
  • TV channel (Boston): WFXT
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime Video | DAZN (in Canada)

Thursday’s clash between the Steelers and the Patriots will air exclusively on Amazon Prime outside of the Pittsburgh and Boston local markets. Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst) will be on the call from Acrisure Stadium, while Kaylee Hartung will offer her musings as a sideline reporter.

Viewers in Pittsburgh and Boston can catch the game on WPXI and WFXT, respectively. 

Audience members in Canada can stream it on DAZN, which carries every NFL game of the season.

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