Thursday witnessed a formidable clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers, led by their second-string quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, and the New England Patriots in a highly anticipated Week 14 matchup. Despite the Steelers entering the game as 6-point home favorites, their offensive struggles were palpable, prompting an unexpected turn of events.
The Steelers’ offensive performance proved lackluster from start to finish, leaving the home crowd in a state of desperation. Trubisky, stepping into the starting QB role due to Kenny Pickett’s injury, faced considerable challenges. The Patriots capitalized on Trubisky’s struggles, establishing an 18-point lead at one juncture.
The lack of energy in the Steelers’ offensive unit didn’t go unnoticed, with star wide receiver George Pickens expressing visible frustration throughout the game.
Fans Rally Behind Rudolph Amid Offensive Woes
As disappointment mounted among fans witnessing the offensive struggles, a spontaneous chant for the Steelers’ 3rd-string QB, Mason Rudolph, reverberated through the stadium. A brief video capturing the crowd fervently chanting Rudolph’s name quickly went viral on social media, amassing over 241k views within hours of its posting.
Despite Trubisky’s gradual improvement as the game progressed, he couldn’t outscore the Patriots, led by Bailey Zappe. Trubisky’s final stats included completing 22 of 35 pass attempts for 190 yards and 1 touchdown, with 1 interception.
Consequently, the Steelers suffered a substantial upset loss against the Patriots, bringing their season record to 7-6. This marks the second consecutive week the team has experienced defeat against an opponent with a less-than-stellar record, undoubtedly impacting team morale.
Mitch Trubisky Acknowledges Disappointment in Post-Game Reflection
In the aftermath of his subpar performance against the Patriots, Mitch Trubisky took to the post-game press conference to express his disappointment and take responsibility for the outcome.
“I’ve got to play better. I feel like I let the guys down. I’ve got to be better for the guys, for the team. It’s disappointing. Missed opportunities, and I didn’t play good enough for us to win, and that’s how I am feeling right now.”
Trubisky also addressed the audible disapproval from the home crowd, acknowledging their frustrations with the team’s lackluster first-half performance. Despite the unfavorable response, he emphasized the imperative of improvement in future games.
As of the latest update, Pickett is expected to miss the Steelers’ Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts. This scenario potentially opens the door for Trubisky to redeem himself among the Steelers’ fanbase.