Patriots vs. Steelers notes: Key stats, streaks that ended in Pats' loss


The New England Patriots suffered their second consecutive loss Sunday with a 17-10 defeat to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Patriots entered Week 15 as the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture but have now fallen a game behind the AFC South-leading Houston Texans. New England still is a heavy favorite to win the AFC East, but its chances of securing a first round bye for the ninth straight season are shrinking. 

Here's a list of streaks that ended and interesting stats from the Patriots' loss to the Steelers.

--Patriots won't finish 12-4 or better for first time since 2009.
--Patriots have lost back-to-back games in December for the first time since 2002
--The Steelers snapped their five-game losing streak to the Patriots.
--The Patriots finish below .500 (3-5) on the road for first time since 2009. The only team ever to win the Super Bowl with a 3-5 road record or worse was the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
--The Patriots are not mathematically eliminated from the No. 1 seed, but they need a lot of help.
--The Patriots committed 14 penalties for 106 yards Sunday, including five false starts.

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