Brady, Patriots offense clicking in first half

Brady, Patriots offense clicking in first half
November 3, 2013, 6:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, afforded some time this week against the punchless Steelers pass rush, was 13-for-18 and 252 yards in the first half including two touchdown passes. He’s thrown for more than 252 yards just three times this season.
 
* Rob Gronkowski is closer to returning to his old self. He had seven catches for 119 yards in the first half and his most notable play was actually when he dragged William Gay 5 extra yards while Gay clung to Gronk’s ankle.
 
* The Patriots put up 318 yards of offense in the first half. New England’s been averaging 330 yards per game this season.
 
* Mike Tomlin spent nearly two minutes before halftime upbraiding an official over the first-half calls. The majority of his ire seemed directed at the pass interference calls on the Patriots scoring drive before halftime.
 
* Had the Patriots not come up empty on their drive that ended with a fourth-and-goal snuff, the score at the break would have been even more decisive.
 
* The Steelers don’t have an exceptional running game to begin with, but the Patriots have thrown a blanket over it for the most part. Thirty of the Steelers 63 rushing yards came on a Jonathan Dwyer run late in the half.