WhatIfSports.com “played” the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers against the 2001 New England Patriots 1,000 times. The 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers win 70% of the time by an average score of 24-19. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers  at  2001 New England Patriots
Final - 12/19/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 0 14 7 3 24
2001 New England Patriots 3 14 3 0 20
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
NEW9:09FGAdam Vinatieri 38 yds. 0-3
2nd Quarter
NEW8:38TDAntowain Smith 1 yd. run (Vinatieri kick)0-10
PIT2:09TDDuce Staley 15 yd. run (Reed kick)7-10
NEW1:44TDKevin Faulk 23 yd. run (Vinatieri kick)7-17
PIT1:15TDDuce Staley 51 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick)14-17
3rd Quarter
PIT10:43TDVerron Haynes 34 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick)21-17
NEW6:02FGAdam Vinatieri 29 yds. 21-20
4th Quarter
PIT1:56FGJeff Reed 41 yds. 24-20
 
Team Statistics
 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers2001 New England Patriots
First Downs 15 25
- Rushing 6 10
- Passing 9 15
- Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Eff 7/12 4/11
4th Down Eff 0/0 0/0
Rushes-Yards 34-95 32-169
Avg Rush 2.8 5.3
Comp-Att-Int 11-17-0 21-31-0
Passing Yards 252 257
Sacks-Yards 1-4 3-17
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-Avg 4-42.5 5-40.0
KR-Avg 5-26.2 3-21.3
PR-Avg 5-7.2 4-6.0
Penalties-Yard 2-15 4-20
Time of Possession 29:10 30:50

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2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Individual Stats   2001 New England Patriots Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'04 Duce Staley 15 53 0 15 1
'04 Jerome Bettis 15 19 0 6 0
'04 Verron Haynes 2 14 0 13 0
'04 Ben Roethlisberger 2 9 0 8 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'01 Antowain Smith 20 117 1 30 1
'01 Kevin Faulk 6 41 1 23 1
'01 Marc Edwards 3 9 0 5 0
'01 Troy Brown 1 2 0 2 0
'01 Tom Brady 2 0 0 0 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'04 Plaxico Burress 3 82 3 0 33 0
'04 Duce Staley 1 51 1 1 51 1
'04 Antwaan Randle El 2 48 1 0 29 0
'04 Hines Ward 4 41 0 0 15 0
'04 Verron Haynes 1 34 1 0 34 1
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'01 Troy Brown 7 85 1 0 20 0
'01 David Patten 4 63 1 0 23 0
'01 Marc Edwards 2 48 1 1 46 0
'01 Kevin Faulk 2 31 0 0 19 0
'01 Jermaine Wiggins 2 20 0 0 10 0
'01 Antowain Smith 2 15 0 0 11 0
'01 Terry Glenn 2 12 0 0 10 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'04 Ben Roethlisberger 11 17 256 2 0
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'01 Tom Brady 21 31 274 0 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'04 Jeff Reed 41 -
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'01 Adam Vinatieri 38,29 -

Player of the Game:
'04 Duce Staley (2004 Pittsburgh Steelers)
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.
The ball goes into the end zone for a touchback.
2001 New England (NEW) at 14:57
14:571/10own 200 - 0221 Smith picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
14:182/8own 220 - 0221 Smith gains 14 yards up the middle.
13:351/10own 360 - 0221 Brady scrambles to the sideline for no gain, and runs out of bounds.
12:552/10own 360 - 0221 Brady overthrows Brown and the pass is incomplete.
12:503/10own 360 - 0131 Brady's pass is to Brown who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 20 yd gain.
12:021/10440 - 0131 Brady soft pass is to Glenn who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 2 yd gain.
11:192/8420 - 0221 PENALTY on NEW: Illegal Motion, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 42 - NO PLAY.
11:192/13470 - 0212 Brady screen pass is to Faulk. Catch is good and Faulk gets big yardage for a 19 yd gain.
10:351/10280 - 0221 Brady's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
10:312/10280 - 0131 Smith picks up 6 yards on a draw play.
9:523/4220 - 0221 Faulk pounds ahead for 1 yard.
9:134/3210 - 0FG2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a FG attempt.
Vinatieri's 38 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 10 plays, 64 yds, 5:44
2001 New England (NEW) at 9:09
9:09Kickoffown 300 - 3K2001 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 1 and return it to the PIT 31.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 8:59
8:591/10own 310 - 3221 Staley picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
8:252/9own 320 - 3131 Bettis rushes for 5 yards off tackle right.
7:493/4own 370 - 3122 Roethlisberger scrambles for 1 yard.
7:094/3own 380 - 3P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2001 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 22.
2001 New England (NEW) at 7:01
7:011/10own 220 - 3131 Brady's short pass is to Smith who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 4 yd gain.
6:182/6own 260 - 3131 Brady's short pass is to Brown who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 6 yd gain.
5:361/10own 320 - 3221 Smith gets back to the line of scrimmage.
5:002/10own 320 - 3212 Smith gains 15 yards up the middle.
4:181/10own 470 - 3221 Edwards rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
3:372/8own 490 - 3212 Brady hits Brown who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
2:551/10390 - 3221 Smith pounds ahead for 1 yard.
2:122/9380 - 3131Brady is sacked by Joey Porter for 4 yards.
1:263/13420 - 3041 Brady scrambles for no gain.
0:424/13420 - 3P2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 9.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 0:33
0:331/10own 90 - 3221 Bettis picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
0:002/7own 120 - 3131Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 0 2001 New England: 3

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:002/7own 120 - 3131 Bettis picks up 6 yards on a draw play.
14:223/1own 180 - 3122 Staley picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
13:471/10own 200 - 3131 Staley picks his way for 5 yards.
13:032/5own 250 - 3230 Bettis is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
12:233/6own 240 - 3122 Roethlisberger's pass is just out of reach of Ward. Incomplete pass.
12:174/6own 240 - 3P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2001 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 40.
2001 New England (NEW) at 12:07
12:071/10own 400 - 3221 Smith gets 17 yards on a pitch right.
11:241/10430 - 3221 Smith gains 30 yards on a sweep left.
10:381/10130 - 3131 Faulk is buried for a loss of 1 yard.
10:012/11140 - 3221 Brady's pass is to Wiggins who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
9:173/140 - 3122 Faulk gains 3 yards up the middle.
8:411/Goal10 - 3131 Smith picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
2001 New England scores a touchdown!
8:38PAT 0 - 9FG2001 New England (NEW) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 60 yds, 3:29
2001 New England (NEW) at 8:38
8:38Kickoffown 300 - 10K2001 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 4 and return it to the PIT 41.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 8:27
8:271/10own 410 - 10131 Staley gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
7:512/9own 420 - 10212 Staley picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
PENALTY on NEW: Incidental Facemask, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 44.
7:082/2own 490 - 10212 Bettis rushes for 4 yards off tackle right.
6:271/10470 - 10131 Haynes picks up 13 yards off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
5:431/10340 - 10212 PENALTY on NEW: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the NEW 34 - NO PLAY.
5:431/5290 - 10212 Bettis picks his way for 3 yards.
5:032/2260 - 10122 Staley picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
4:241/10240 - 10131 Haynes rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
3:412/9230 - 10212 Roethlisberger's pass is to Ward and dropped.
3:363/9230 - 10230 Roethlisberger completes the pass to Ward who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
2:521/10130 - 10221 Bettis rushes for a loss of 2 yards.
2:152/12150 - 10230 Staley pounds ahead for 15 yards.
2004 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
2:09PAT 6 - 10FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 11 plays, 49 yds, 6:18
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 2:09
2:09Kickoffown 307 - 10K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
The ball goes into the end zone for a touchback.
2001 New England (NEW) at 2:06
2:061/10own 207 - 10131 Brady tosses the ball out to Edwards. Catch is good and Edwards speeds down field for a 46 yd gain.
1:571/10347 - 10131*** 2 Minute Warning ***
1:571/10347 - 10221 Brady completes the pass to Smith who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 11 yd gain.
1:521/10237 - 10221 Faulk rushes for 23 yards off tackle right.
2001 New England scores a touchdown!
1:44PAT 7 - 16FG2001 New England (NEW) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 3 plays, 80 yds, 0:22
2001 New England (NEW) at 1:44
1:44Kickoffown 307 - 17K2001 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 10 and return it to the PIT 28.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:40
1:401/10own 287 - 17131 Roethlisberger's short pass is to Ward who makes the catch and falls forward for a 6 yd gain.
1:332/4own 347 - 17131*** 2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:332/4own 347 - 17140 Roethlisberger soft pass is to Ward who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 15 yd gain before getting out of bounds.
1:261/10own 497 - 17131 Roethlisberger screen pass is to Staley. Catch is good and Staley speeds down field and into the endzone.
2004 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
1:15PAT 13 - 17FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 3 plays, 72 yds, 0:25
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:15
1:15Kickoffown 3014 - 17K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
2001 New England (NEW) catch the ball at the NEW 2 and return it to the NEW 26.
2001 New England (NEW) at 1:09
1:091/10own 2614 - 17221 Smith picks up 9 yards off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
1:042/1own 3514 - 17212 Faulk picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
1:001/10own 3714 - 17212*** 2001 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:001/10own 3714 - 17131Brady is sacked by Travis Kirschke for 6 yards.
0:542/16own 3114 - 17131*** 2001 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:542/16own 3114 - 17131 Smith gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
0:353/13own 3414 - 17140 Brady's pass is to Brown who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 16 yd gain.
0:271/105014 - 17221 Brady soft pass is to Brown who gets a few steps before being run out of bounds for a 4 yd gain.
0:232/64614 - 17131 PENALTY on NEW: False Start, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 46 - NO PLAY.
0:232/11own 4914 - 17221 Brady hits Glenn who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 10 yd gain.
0:153/14114 - 17221*** 2001 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:153/14114 - 17131 Brady throws the deep ball down field into the endzone but it is incomplete.
0:054/14114 - 17P2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 16.
End of 2nd Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 14 2001 New England: 17

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
2001 New England (NEW) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 3014 - 17K2001 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 1 and return it to the PIT 23.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 14:52
14:521/10own 2314 - 17221 Staley gains 3 yards up the middle.
14:142/7own 2614 - 17212 Roethlisberger's pass is just out of the reach of Cushing.
14:083/7own 2614 - 17131 Roethlisberger hits Burress who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 27 yd gain.
13:211/104714 - 17131 Bettis pounds ahead for 3 yards.
12:452/74414 - 17212 Bettis pounds ahead for 2 yards.
12:113/54214 - 17230 Roethlisberger scrambles to the sideline for 8 yards, and runs out of bounds.
11:271/103414 - 17212 Bettis is stopped at the line.
10:522/103414 - 17212 Roethlisberger tosses the ball out to Haynes who makes a nice catch on the run, and outruns the defense to get into the endzone.
2004 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
10:43PAT 20 - 17FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 77 yds, 4:09
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 10:43
10:43Kickoffown 3021 - 17K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
2001 New England (NEW) catch the ball at the NEW 8 and return it to the NEW 36.
2001 New England (NEW) at 10:34
10:341/10own 3621 - 17131 Brady completes the pass to Patten who makes a nice catch, sheds a tackle before getting leveled. 15 yd gain.
9:501/104921 - 17221 Brady's pass is just out of reach of Patten. Incomplete pass.
9:452/104921 - 17221 Brady hits Wiggins who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
9:011/103921 - 17131 Smith pounds ahead for 6 yards.
8:252/43321 - 17221 Smith gains 6 yards on a sweep left.
7:421/102721 - 17221 Faulk gains 13 yards up the middle.
6:571/101421 - 17221 Brady zips the short pass to Edwards who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 2 yd gain.
6:172/81221 - 17131 Brady hits Brown but in and out of his hands.
6:113/81221 - 17140 Brady's pass into the endzone is just out of reach of Johnson. Incomplete pass.
6:064/81221 - 17FG2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a FG attempt.
Vinatieri's 29 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 52 yds, 4:28
2001 New England (NEW) at 6:02
6:02Kickoffown 3021 - 20K2001 New England (NEW) prepares to kickoff.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 1 and return it to the PIT 25.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 5:54
5:541/10own 2521 - 20131 Staley rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
5:202/11own 2421 - 20131 Roethlisberger screen pass falls incomplete.
5:143/11own 2421 - 20230 Roethlisberger's pass is to Burress. Catch is good and Burress gets big yardage for a 43 yd gain.
PENALTY on PIT: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the PIT 24 - NO PLAY.
5:033/21own 1421 - 20131 Roethlisberger's long pass is to Randle El. Catch is good and Randle El gets some yardage for a 29 yd gain.
4:181/10own 4321 - 20212 Staley gets 8 yards on a pitch right.
3:402/24921 - 20122 Bettis rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
3:033/35021 - 20122 Roethlisberger overthrows Ward and the pass is incomplete.
2:584/35021 - 20P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2001 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 12.
2001 New England (NEW) at 2:48
2:481/10own 1221 - 20221 Smith gains 1 yard up the middle.
2:132/9own 1321 - 20131 Brady completes the pass to Patten who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 23 yd gain.
1:311/10own 3621 - 20221 Smith picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
0:542/9own 3721 - 20131 Edwards rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
0:153/7own 3921 - 20041Brady is sacked by James Farrior for 7 yards.
0:004/14own 3221 - 20PTime Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 21 2001 New England: 20

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:004/14own 3221 - 20P2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 29.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 14:50
14:501/10own 2921 - 20131 PENALTY on PIT: False Start, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 29 - NO PLAY.
14:501/15own 2421 - 20212 Bettis gains 2 yards on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
14:122/13own 2621 - 20131 Staley pounds ahead for 10 yards.
13:293/3own 3621 - 20122 Roethlisberger soft pass is to Randle El. Catch is good and Randle El gets big yardage for a 19 yd gain.
12:391/104521 - 20131 Roethlisberger's pass is to Burress. Catch is good and Burress gets big yardage, but drops the ball.
2001 New England (NEW) recovers the ball on the NEW 10.
2001 New England (NEW) at 12:29
12:291/10own 1021 - 20131 Smith gains 1 yard up the middle.
11:552/9own 1121 - 20131 Edwards pounds ahead for 5 yards.
11:163/4own 1621 - 20221 Brown runs a reverse for 2 yards.
10:364/2own 1821 - 20P2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 45.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 10:26
10:261/10own 4521 - 20131 Staley gains 3 yards on a sweep left.
9:442/7own 4821 - 20212 Roethlisberger's pass is to Ward who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 10 yd gain.
9:001/104221 - 20131 Bettis rushes for a loss of 5 yards.
8:242/154721 - 20230Roethlisberger is sacked by Roman Phifer for 4 yards.
7:453/19own 4921 - 20140 Roethlisberger overthrows Mays and the pass is incomplete.
7:374/19own 4921 - 20P2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
2001 New England (NEW) return it to the NEW 19.
2001 New England (NEW) at 7:26
7:261/10own 1921 - 20131 Smith rushes for a loss of 2 yards.
6:472/12own 1721 - 20221 Smith gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
6:053/11own 1821 - 20041 Brady's pass is just out of reach of Patten. Incomplete pass.
5:574/11own 1821 - 20P2001 New England (NEW) prepares for a punt.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the NEW 48.
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 5:45
5:451/104821 - 20131 Staley is caught behind the line for a loss of 2 yards.
5:092/125021 - 20131 Bettis rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
4:283/13own 4921 - 20140 Roethlisberger completes the pass to Burress. Catch is good and Burress gets some yardage for a 22 yd gain.
3:441/102921 - 20221 Staley pounds ahead for 2 yards.
3:012/82721 - 20212 Staley gains 2 yards up the middle.
2:243/62521 - 20131 Bettis gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
2:004/52421 - 20FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:004/52421 - 20FG2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
Reed's 41 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 24 yds, 3:45
2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:56
1:56Kickoffown 3024 - 20K2004 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
2001 New England (NEW) catch the ball at the NEW 8 and return it to the NEW 20.
2001 New England (NEW) at 1:53
1:531/10own 2024 - 20221 Brady overthrows Brown and the pass is incomplete.
1:482/10own 2024 - 20212 Brady zips the short pass to Wiggins who drops the ball.
1:433/10own 2024 - 20140 Brady completes the pass to Patten who makes the catch and falls forward for a 18 yd gain.
1:341/10own 3824 - 20140*** 2001 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:341/10own 3824 - 20221 Brady completes the pass to Brown who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
1:151/105024 - 20131 Smith picks up 4 yards on a draw play.
0:552/64624 - 20221 Brady's pass is to Patten who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
0:471/103924 - 20221*** 2001 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:471/103924 - 20221 Brady hits Faulk who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 12 yd gain.
0:281/102724 - 20221 Smith rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
0:242/92624 - 20221*** 2001 New England (NEW) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:242/92624 - 20041 Brady hits Brown who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 15 yd gain.
0:081/101124 - 20041Brady spikes the ball.
0:062/101124 - 20140 Brady's pass into the enzone is batted down. Incomplete pass.
End of 4th Quarter ... 2004 Pittsburgh: 24 2001 New England: 20

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