The Patriots scored early and often, building a lead that they were able to hold on to throughout the second half and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 21–18.
New England had lost five straight games before the win. It was also Bailey Zappe's first win as a starting quarterback this season. In the first half, Zappe was great.
He threw for three touchdowns and got the passing offense going with some well-placed passes.
But in the second half, it was harder to move the ball, and an interception and blocked punt kept things interesting until the very end.
At the start of the game, the Patriots were on fire. Bailey Zappe connected with Juju Smith-Schuster for a 37-yard gain that helped start one of the best opening drives in recent memory for the team.
On the only third down the Patriots had on their first drive, Zappe scampered for 11 yards. Ezekiel Elliott then broke out of the backfield and caught the ball for a touchdown from 11 yards out.
The 2023 Patriots got off to a strange and surprising start to the game, as they quickly took a 7-0 lead over the Steelers.
With a J.C. Jackson interception, the Patriots almost added to their lead, but Jackson was called for pass interference before the pick, which canceled out the return and kept Pittsburgh's offense on the field.
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