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Tom Brady, New England Patriots top Pittsburgh Steelers, 55-31

New England Tom Brady reacts to the cheers

New England Tom Brady reacts to the cheers of fans as he runs onto the field before a game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Nov. 3, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady threw for season highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski had a career-high nine receptions and the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 on Sunday.

The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever scored against the Steelers (2-6).

Brady had 252 yards passing in the first half, more than he had in five of his other eight games for New England (7-2).

And 119 of those came on seven catches by Gronkowski in his third game since missing the first six recovering from surgeries on his left forearm and back.

The two-time Pro Bowl tight end caught his first touchdown of the season, a 19-yarder, as the Patriots took a 14-0 lead with 4:30 gone in the second quarter.

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