Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels, making his second start in place of injured James Conner, ran for a career-high 142 yards and made a critical third-down reception in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off the New England 17-10 on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with Ryan Switzer (10) after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with Ryan Switzer (10) after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards with two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions as the Steelers (8-5-1) remained in front of Baltimore in the AFC North with two weeks to go in the season. Chris Boswell, who has struggled so badly this season the team held open tryouts during the week, atoned for a 32-yard miss in the third quarter by drilling a 48-yarder with 2:30 remaining.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Pittsburgh’s defense, which let fourth-quarter leads slip away each of the last two games, made it stand. The Patriots (9-5) missed a chance to clinch their 10th straight AFC East title when Brady’s pass into the end zone for Julian Edelman was knocked down by Pittsburgh’s Morgan Burnett.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) stiff-arms New England Patriots defensive back J. (27) after catching a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) stiff-arms New England Patriots defensive back J. (27) after catching a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Source: The Associated Press