New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers opened the new season of NFL with an impressive game at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Steelers were relatively undermanned and were constantly hit by the ever dynamic Patriots. Quarterback Tom Brady and Tight End Rob Gronkowski were phenomenal as usual. It wasn’t surprising though to see the defending champions dominate the game, they pushed in four field goal attempts and faired quite well in the red zone.
The Gillette Stadium was filled with loud echoes of Patriot fans chanting “Where is Roger?”, referring to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who was not present to see Brady in his fabulous form, according to ESPN.
Goodell initially had imposed a four-match suspension on Tom Brady following the “Deflategate”scandal in May which was refuted by Judge Richard Berman.
Brady scored four touchdowns and 288 yards in 28 attempts, three of which were passed to Gronkowski. The steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was pretty impressive with 351 yards but his secondary recievers seemed to fail him.
The Patriots intimidated the Steelers who were almost lousy at many occasions. Pittsburgh’s offense was as frail and was broken through by Gronkowski with ease.
Placekicker Josh Scobee missed two crucial field goals from 44 and 46 yards respectively, while the disqualification of wide reciever Antonio Brown on account of trick play served catalyst to the Patriots’ 28-21 victory.
As noted by NFL.com, Running Back Dion Lewis nailed a sharp 120 yards. At a certain point, The Patriot Defense seemed to shake when they lost 464 yards, but it didn’t affect the victors much.
Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick has made prominent amendments in the team, placing which seemed to be strange and unnatural, NFL.com noted. To place quarterback Brady and tight end Gronk seems quite unappealing but after Gronk’s efficient performance in tonight’s game, Bellichick’s decision seems to be justified.