Nice try, who's next?

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- With neighbouring stalls in the New England Patriots locker room, Tom Brady and Randy Moss have become fast friends this NFL season.

They talk life, football strategy and share a laugh or two, superstar to superstar.

This past week though, those sessions took a sinister turn.

And as if the record-setting season for these Patriots needed any more fuel, a young safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers was about to become roadkill as a result.

At the end of yesterday's 34-13 flogging, the Patriots did more than move to 13-0 with not even a hint of imperfection to a season that now has just three games remaining.

As Brady (four touchdown passes) and Moss (two touchdown grabs) continued to pile up their own stats, Steelers safety Anthony Smith had his pants pulled down in front of 68,756 at Gillette Stadium.

Smith, who foolishly had guaranteed a Steelers victory earlier in the week, received his initial spanking in the first quarter following Brady's opening touchdown pass.

After biting his lip all week -- pretending he never had even heard of Smith -- Brady chased him down in the end zone and dished out a potty-mouthed earful.

"I can't repeat what I said," Brady said, the million-dollar smile offering enough of a hint. "Especially if my mother reads it. She wouldn't like it."

Brady and Moss had more than just words for Smith, however. A 63-yard bomb in the second quarter had Moss wide open after Smith bit on a play fake and was left to look silly.

Then in the second half, a 56-yard Brady-to-Moss-to-Brady-to-Jabar Gaffney flea flicker duped Smith yet again.

"I've played in the league 10 years and I don't think I've ever heard a player say anything like that," Moss said of Smith's guarantee. "When (Gaffney) caught it on No. 27 (Smith) that was what really sparkled."

His denials aside, Brady's teammates said their leader and quarterback did indeed take the slight personally.

"It's a bold statement," Brantford native and Patriots tackle Nick Kaczur said. "Some guys are going to take it more personal than others. "(Brady's) letting him know you're not going to come into his house and guarantee a win."

The Steelers and their league-leading defence were no match for Brady, who completed 32 of 46 attempts for 399 yards, the second-highest output of his career.

"I'm not going to get into pointing fingers, we are a football team," Tomlin said, barely attempting to defend Smith's silliness. "The reality is, they rang the scoreboard on us."

Brady and Moss, meanwhile, keep rolling along on what is headed to be the most productive two-man offensive season in league history.

With his four-pack yesterday, Brady now has 45 touchdown tosses, four off the single-season record set by Indianapolis Colt Peyton Manning in 2004.

With 19 touchdown grabs, Moss is at the height of his 10-year career and now is just three behind Jerry Rice's single-season mark set 20 years ago.

When the Patriots acquired Moss in the off-season, the first move they made was to house him beside Brady in the locker room to get an early indoctrination into the Patriot way.

"Tom and I have developed a relationship," Moss said. "When we are sitting together, we really get to know each other. We talk about everything, you name it."

You can be sure Smith came up regularly last week, as the laughter and smiles Moss and Brady shared on the Patriots bench would suggest.

"We just happened to have those plays on him," Brady said, sounding anything but believable. "He's the one that has to go back to his team, I know that."


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