WhatIfSports.com “played” the 2003 New England Patriots against the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 1,000 times. The 2003 New England Patriots win 52% of the time by an average score of 17-12. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers  at  2003 New England Patriots
Final - 12/18/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 0 0 3 10
2003 New England Patriots 7 3 7 0 17
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
PIT10:24TDDuce Staley 9 yd. run (Reed kick)7-0
NEW2:34TDDaniel Graham 4 yd. pass from Brady (Vinatieri kick)7-7
2nd Quarter
NEW12:51FGAdam Vinatieri 37 yds. 7-10
3rd Quarter
NEW6:00TDAntowain Smith 10 yd. pass from Brady (Vinatieri kick)7-17
4th Quarter
PIT12:56FGJeff Reed 28 yds. 10-17
 
Team Statistics
 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers2003 New England Patriots
First Downs 12 17
- Rushing 3 6
- Passing 8 11
- Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Eff 3/15 3/13
4th Down Eff 1/2 0/1
Rushes-Yards 30-87 40-162
Avg Rush 2.9 4.1
Comp-Att-Int 12-27-2 16-21-0
Passing Yards 203 178
Sacks-Yards 1-5 1-7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Punts-Avg 6-41.8 6-36.5
KR-Avg 4-16.3 3-18.0
PR-Avg 6-7.5 6-6.7
Penalties-Yard 5-29 2-10
Time of Possession 25:56 34:04

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2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Individual Stats   2003 New England Patriots Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'04 Duce Staley 13 64 1 33 1
'04 Jerome Bettis 12 15 0 4 0
'04 Hines Ward 1 4 0 4 0
'04 Ben Roethlisberger 4 4 0 1 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'03 Antowain Smith 14 119 2 31 0
'03 Kevin Faulk 15 35 0 5 0
'03 Mike Cloud 1 11 0 11 0
'03 Larry Centers 4 1 0 4 0
'03 Deion Branch 1 0 0 0 0
'03 Tom Brady 5 -4 0 0 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'04 Jerome Bettis 1 65 1 1 65 0
'04 Plaxico Burress 4 59 0 0 17 0
'04 Hines Ward 5 58 1 0 27 0
'04 Antwaan Randle El 2 26 1 0 23 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'03 David Givens 4 52 0 0 19 0
'03 Deion Branch 3 42 1 0 30 0
'03 Christian Fauria 1 31 1 0 31 0
'03 Daniel Graham 3 22 0 0 12 1
'03 Antowain Smith 2 18 0 0 10 1
'03 Kevin Faulk 2 15 0 0 13 0
'03 Troy Brown 1 5 0 0 5 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'04 Ben Roethlisberger 12 27 208 0 2
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'03 Tom Brady 16 21 185 2 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'04 Jeff Reed 28 -
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'03 Adam Vinatieri 37 42

Player of the Game:
'03 Antowain Smith (2003 New England Patriots)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
2003 New England (NEW) catch the ball at the NEW 11 and return it to the NEW 31.
2003 New England (NEW) at 14:53
14:531/10own 310 - 0221 Faulk picks up 4 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
14:162/6own 350 - 0140 Faulk gains 2 yards up the middle.
13:383/4own 370 - 0221 Faulk picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
12:564/2own 390 - 0P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
PENALTY on NEW: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the NEW 39 - NO PLAY.
12:564/7own 340 - 0P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 36.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 12:46
12:461/10own 360 - 0131 PENALTY on PIT: False Start, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 36 - NO PLAY.
12:461/15own 310 - 0212 Staley pounds ahead for 33 yards.
11:581/10360 - 0131 Bettis gets 4 yards on a pitch right.
11:182/6320 - 0140 Roethlisberger's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
11:133/6320 - 0230 Roethlisberger's pass is to Randle El who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 23 yd gain.
10:291/Goal90 - 0212 Staley pounds ahead for 9 yards.
2004 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
10:24PAT 6 - 0FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 69 yds, 2:22
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 10:24
10:24Kickoffown 307 - 0K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
2003 New England (NEW) catch the ball at the NEW 7 and return it to the NEW 26.
2003 New England (NEW) at 10:17
10:171/10own 267 - 0131 Smith gets 18 yards on a pitch right.
9:341/10own 447 - 0131 Brady completes the pass to Givens who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 19 yd gain.
8:521/10377 - 0221 PENALTY on PIT: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 37 - NO PLAY.
8:521/5327 - 0221 Faulk rushes for 3 yards off tackle right.
8:122/2297 - 0221 Centers picks up 4 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
7:301/10257 - 0221 Faulk carries, but is tackled for a loss of 2 yards.
6:562/12277 - 0221 Smith pounds ahead for 2 yards.
6:183/10257 - 0131 Brady's pass is just out of reach of Branch. Incomplete pass.
6:134/10257 - 0FG2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a FG attempt.
Vinatieri's 42 yd. field goal attempt is no good.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 6:09
6:091/10own 327 - 0131 Roethlisberger scrambles for 1 yard.
5:312/9own 337 - 0212 Roethlisberger tosses the ball out to Ward who makes the catch and falls forward for a 1 yd gain.
4:533/8own 347 - 0230Roethlisberger's pass is intercepted.
Rodney Harrison returns the interception to the PIT 38.
2003 New England (NEW) at 4:44
4:441/10387 - 0131 Brady scrambles for no gain.
4:052/10387 - 0212 Brady completes the long pass to Branch who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 30 yd gain.
3:231/Goal87 - 0131 Brady's short pass is to Branch. Tackled immediately for a 4 yd gain.
2:392/Goal47 - 0221 Graham comes down with the pass in the endzone.
2003 New England scores a touchdown!
2:34PAT 7 - 6FG2003 New England (NEW) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 38 yds, 2:10
2003 New England (NEW) at 2:34
2:34Kickoffown 307 - 7K2003 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 1 and return it to the PIT 30.
PENALTY on PIT: Holding, 4 yards enforced on the PIT 8.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 2:24
2:241/10own 47 - 7221 Staley rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
1:422/9own 57 - 7212 Staley picks up 1 yard on a draw play before running out of bounds.
1:063/8own 67 - 7140 Bettis gains 3 yards up the middle.
0:234/5own 97 - 7P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the PIT 43.
2003 New England (NEW) at 0:11
0:111/10437 - 7131 Smith picks his way for 18 yards.
0:001/10257 - 7221Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 7 2003 New England: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10257 - 7221 Branch gets the ball and is stopped for no gain.
14:222/10257 - 7131 Brady's pass is to Graham who makes the catch and falls forward for a 6 yd gain.
13:373/4197 - 7221 Brady scrambles to the sideline for a loss of 1 yard, and runs out of bounds.
12:554/5207 - 7FG2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a FG attempt.
Vinatieri's 37 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 23 yds, 2:48
2003 New England (NEW) at 12:51
12:51Kickoffown 307 - 10K2003 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 2 and return it to the PIT 25.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 12:43
12:431/10own 257 - 10212 Bettis picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
12:022/7own 287 - 10131 Bettis picks his way for 1 yard.
11:273/6own 297 - 10230 Bettis picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
10:464/5own 307 - 10P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 37.
PENALTY on NEW: Running into Kicker, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 30 - NO PLAY.
10:341/10own 357 - 10212 Staley picks his way for 12 yards.
PENALTY on PIT: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the PIT 35 - NO PLAY.
10:291/20own 257 - 10212 Bettis gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
9:492/17own 287 - 10230 Roethlisberger's pass is just out of the reach of Staley.
9:433/17own 287 - 10140 Roethlisberger's long pass is broken up. Incomplete pass.
9:364/17own 287 - 10P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 42.
2003 New England (NEW) at 9:25
9:251/10own 427 - 10221 Brady tosses the ball out to Faulk who makes a nice catch, sheds some tackles before being brought down. 13 yd gain.
8:401/10457 - 10131Brady is sacked by Joey Porter for 7 yards.
7:572/17own 487 - 10131 Smith gains 11 yards up the middle.
7:133/6417 - 10221 Brady's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
7:074/6417 - 10P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 11.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 6:58
6:581/10own 117 - 10131 Staley gains 1 yard up the middle.
6:232/9own 127 - 10131 Staley picks his way for 7 yards.
5:443/2own 197 - 10212 Bettis is caught behind the line for a loss of 2 yards.
5:034/4own 177 - 10P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 41.
2003 New England (NEW) at 4:53
4:531/10own 417 - 10221 Brady hits Smith who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 8 yd gain.
4:062/2own 497 - 10221 Faulk gets back to the line of scrimmage.
3:233/2own 497 - 10221 Brady's underthrows Givens. Incomplete pass.
3:154/2own 497 - 10P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 17.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 3:06
3:061/10own 177 - 10131 Staley is stopped at the line.
2:322/10own 177 - 10212 Roethlisberger flips the ball to Ward who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 27 yd gain.
2:001/10own 447 - 10212*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:001/10own 447 - 10131 Roethlisberger scrambles to the sideline for 1 yard, and runs out of bounds.
1:542/9own 457 - 10212 Staley picks his way to the sidelines for 10 yards. Staley runs out of bounds.
1:491/10457 - 10221 Roethlisberger's short pass is to Randle El who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 3 yd gain.
1:442/7427 - 10230 Staley gets back to the line of scrimmage.
1:403/7427 - 10230*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:403/7427 - 10230 Roethlisberger's pass is just out of reach of Ward. Incomplete pass.
PENALTY on PIT: Holding, declined.
1:344/7427 - 10P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 13.
2003 New England (NEW) at 1:25
1:251/10own 137 - 10131 Smith gets 31 yards on a pitch right.
1:151/10own 447 - 10131*** 2003 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:151/10own 447 - 10221 Brady zips the short pass to Faulk. Faulk falls out of bounds, but holds on to the ball for a 2 yd gain.
1:102/8own 467 - 10212 Brady completes the pass to Branch who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 8 yd gain.
1:031/10467 - 10131 Faulk picks his way to the sidelines for 1 yard. Faulk runs out of bounds.
0:592/9457 - 10131 Brady's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
0:543/9457 - 10131 Smith picks up 1 yard off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
0:504/8447 - 10P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 15.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 0:40
0:401/10own 157 - 10221 Roethlisberger completes the pass to Ward who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
0:331/10own 317 - 10221*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:331/10own 317 - 10221 Bettis is stopped at the line.
0:292/10own 317 - 10221*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:292/10own 317 - 10131 Roethlisberger's pass is to Burress. Catch is good and Burress gets some yardage for a 14 yd gain.
PENALTY on NEW: Defensive Illegal Contact, declined.
0:131/10own 457 - 10131Roethlisberger spikes the ball.
0:112/10own 457 - 10131 Roethlisberger's underthrows Burress in the endzone. Incomplete pass.
End of 2nd Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 7 2003 New England: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
2003 New England (NEW) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 307 - 10K2003 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 4 and return it to the PIT 30.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 14:51
14:511/10own 307 - 10131 Ward picks up 4 yards on the end around.
14:092/6own 347 - 10212 Staley gains 3 yards up the middle.
13:283/3own 377 - 10230 Roethlisberger overthrows Burress and the pass is incomplete.
13:204/3own 377 - 10P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 29.
2003 New England (NEW) at 13:10
13:101/10own 297 - 10221 Smith carries, but is tackled for no gain.
12:272/10own 297 - 10131 Faulk gains 4 yards up the middle.
11:473/6own 337 - 10230 Smith picks up 27 yards on a draw play.
10:591/10407 - 10221 Faulk picks up 5 yards off tackle left.
10:192/5357 - 10140 Smith picks his way for 8 yards.
9:351/10277 - 10221 Faulk picks his way to the sidelines for 5 yards. Faulk runs out of bounds.
8:542/5227 - 10221 Centers is buried for a loss of 3 yards.
8:163/8257 - 10041 Brady completes the pass to Givens who makes the catch and falls forward for a 11 yd gain.
7:341/10147 - 10131 Brady soft pass is to Brown who makes the catch and falls forward for a 5 yd gain.
6:482/597 - 10140 Smith is buried for a loss of 1 yard.
6:073/6107 - 10131 Brady's pass is to Smith who catches the ball and walks into the endzone.
2003 New England scores a touchdown!
6:00PAT 7 - 16FG2003 New England (NEW) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 71 yds, 7:10
2003 New England (NEW) at 6:00
6:00Kickoffown 307 - 17K2003 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 7 and return it to the PIT 20.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 5:54
5:541/10own 207 - 17212 Staley is stopped at the line.
5:192/10own 207 - 17230 Roethlisberger scrambles to the sideline for 1 yard, and runs out of bounds.
4:353/9own 217 - 17140 Roethlisberger hits Burress who makes the catch and falls forward for a 15 yd gain.
3:511/10own 367 - 17221 Bettis carries, but is tackled for no gain.
3:142/10own 367 - 17230Roethlisberger is sacked by Willie McGinest for 5 yards. The ball is knocked out of Roethlisberger's hands.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) recovers the ball on the PIT 29.
2:313/17own 297 - 17131Roethlisberger's pass is off the mark and intercepted.
Rodney Harrison returns the interception to the NEW 45.
2003 New England (NEW) at 2:22
2:221/10own 457 - 17131 Brady overthrows Givens and the pass is incomplete.
2:172/10own 457 - 17221 Smith pounds ahead for 5 yards.
1:383/5507 - 17221 Faulk picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
0:594/3487 - 17P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 21.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 0:50
0:501/10own 217 - 17212 Roethlisberger tosses the ball out to Bettis. Catch is good and Bettis speeds down field for a 65 yd gain before being run out of bounds.
0:001/10147 - 17131Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 7 2003 New England: 17

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10147 - 17131 Staley is buried for a loss of 1 yard.
14:212/11157 - 17212 Bettis is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
13:443/12167 - 17230 Roethlisberger's pass is to Ward. Knocked out of bounds immediately for a 5 yd gain.
13:004/7117 - 17FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
Reed's 28 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 68 yds, 2:52
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 12:56
12:56Kickoffown 3010 - 17K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
2003 New England (NEW) catch the ball at the NEW 5 and return it to the NEW 20.
2003 New England (NEW) at 12:50
12:501/10own 2010 - 17131 Centers is stopped at the line.
12:132/10own 2010 - 17131 Brady's pass is to Givens who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
11:291/10own 3210 - 17221 Faulk picks up 4 yards on a draw play.
10:482/6own 3610 - 17221 Brady's short pass is to Graham who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 12 yd gain.
10:081/10own 4810 - 17221 Brady tosses the ball out to Givens who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 10 yd gain.
9:211/104210 - 17221 Smith pounds ahead for 2 yards.
8:412/84010 - 17131 Smith picks up 2 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
7:573/63810 - 17230 Faulk pounds ahead for 2 yards.
7:184/43610 - 17P2003 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 12.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 7:10
7:101/10own 1210 - 17212 Staley carries, but is tackled for no gain.
6:342/10own 1210 - 17131 Bettis gets 2 yards on a pitch right.
5:573/8own 1410 - 17230 Roethlisberger's pass is to Burress who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 17 yd gain.
5:111/10own 3110 - 17212 Bettis gains 1 yard up the middle.
4:362/9own 3210 - 17230 Roethlisberger overthrows Randle El and the pass is incomplete.
4:313/9own 3210 - 17230 Roethlisberger overthrows Burress and the pass is incomplete.
4:254/9own 3210 - 17P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2003 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 26.
2003 New England (NEW) at 4:17
4:171/10own 2610 - 17221 Centers gets back to the line of scrimmage.
3:412/10own 2610 - 17212 Brady screen pass is to Fauria. Catch is good and Fauria speeds down field for a 31 yd gain.
2:531/104310 - 17221 Smith is buried for a loss of 5 yards.
2:132/154810 - 17221 Faulk picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
2:003/134610 - 17212*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:003/134610 - 17212 Cloud rushes for 11 yards off tackle right.
1:544/23510 - 17212*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:544/23510 - 17212 Faulk rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:51
1:511/10own 3410 - 17131 PENALTY on PIT: Illegal Motion, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 34 - NO PLAY.
1:511/15own 2910 - 17221 Roethlisberger scrambles for 1 yard.
1:332/14own 3010 - 17131 Roethlisberger zips the short pass to Ward. Catch is good and Ward gets some yardage before being run out of bounds for a 9 yd gain.
1:293/5own 3910 - 17131 Roethlisberger overthrows Randle El and the pass is incomplete.
1:244/5own 3910 - 17140 Roethlisberger's pass is to Burress who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 13 yd gain.
1:001/104810 - 17212 Roethlisberger overthrows Ward and the pass is incomplete.
0:542/104810 - 17131 Roethlisberger overthrows Randle El and the pass is incomplete.
0:493/104810 - 17131 Roethlisberger overthrows Randle El and the pass is incomplete.
0:434/104810 - 17140 Roethlisberger's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
2003 New England (NEW) at 0:37
0:371/10own 4810 - 17212Brady takes a knee.
0:342/11own 4710 - 17212*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:342/11own 4710 - 17212Brady takes a knee.
0:313/12own 4610 - 17212*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:313/12own 4610 - 17212Brady takes a knee.
0:004/13own 4510 - 17PTime Expires
End of 4th Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 10 2003 New England: 17

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