Ben Roethlisberger was morose after the Steelers' brutal 33-3 loss to the Patriots Sunday night as he took the blame for the rout.
The Pittsburgh quarterback said his miscues on calling the proper plays for certain situations is what led to the team's downfall.
"I wasn't good enough," Roethlisberger said. "I wasn't giving guys balls where they needed to catch them. Put them in front, behind, things like that. So, just — I wasn't good enough."
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Roethlisberger went 27 of 47 for 276 yards and one interception with no touchdowns against the reigning Super Bowl champions. He m
"I think it was a wake-up call — something we needed," receiver Donte Moncrief said after the game. "It's something I felt I needed."
The last time the Steelers lost with just three points in a season opener was in 2001, when the Jaguars defeated them, 21-3.
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“It just felt like we beat ourselves," rookie Devin Bush said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times, on third downs and long passes. I think it was more of a communication and execution thing.”
While many speculated the Steelers were rattled because the Patriots reportedly signed Antonio Brown six months after he left Pittsburgh, coach Mike Tomlin said that wasn't the case.
"I'm not specifically worried about anything relevant to Brown, I'm worried about the guys in our locker room and the quality of our execution in what we did and didn't do," Tomlin said. "Antonio has been off our team for a number of months, we moved on from that stuff in March."