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Brady throws for 4 TDs; Pats top Steelers

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  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, top, can't catch a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Shamarko Thomas (29) defends in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.

      New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, top, can't catch a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Shamarko Thomas (29) defends in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.
    Associated Press

 
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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).

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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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