Football

Dec. 14, 1997

As bad days go, they don’t get much worse than this one endured by the Patriots.

With the clock approaching the two-minute warning, the Patriots led the Steelers, 21-13 at Foxboro Stadium. A win would not only clinch a playoff berth, but give the Pats a chance at a first-round bye.

But with 2:10 remaining and the ball at their own 46, Pats quarterback Drew Bledsoe got picked off by Pittsburgh defensive end Kevin Henry, whose 282 pounds lumbered all the way to the New England 18.

Kordell Stewart passed for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. With 40 seconds left, the game was tied at 21.

Pittsburgh placekicker Norm Johnson capped a 61-yard drive 4:13 into the overtime with a 31-yard field goal.

Steelers 24, Patriots 21.

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