Boy oh boy. It's the best time of the year folks! We made it through the summer and this years Red Sox. It's football season. The Patriots started the season under the lights at home on Sunday Night Football.
Gillette was packed and real loud. Rob Gronkowski spiked a football and a giant countdown started and the sixth banner was revealed. Beautiful site. I was really looking foward to this game. The Steelers are always a team the Patriots have a hard time with. I know Bell and Brown had left Pittsburgh which made it hard for me to take their offense seriously this season. But kickoff happened and myself and most of New England was ready for tight game. Or at least I thought that was going to be the result.
The Patriots receivers this year on paper were absurd. I say on paper because this was the first time we were going to see this offense. They did not disappoint. Josh Gordon caught a 20 yard touchdown toward the end of the first. I'm sure when that touchdown happened people thought, the Steelers will score for sure. That was not the case. The Patriots defense was impressive. The Steelers had one big play down the sideline against Jason McCourty and that was the highlight for them.
The second quarter starts with a Gostkowski chip shot to make it 10-0 Pats. Good score to have against a good opponent. I was waiting all night for some imaginary switch to flip and the Steelers suddenly explode on offense and tie the game. Again, this was not the case. The Patriots offense did exactly what I thought the Steelers would do. Brady hit Phillip Dorsett with a dime right at the goal line for the touchdown. The Steelers put together a decent drive but stalled and ended up turning the ball over on downs after failing to convert a fourth and one at the Patriots 47 yard line. Brady and the boys had a short field, two timeouts, and under two minutes before halftime. We've seen this a million times. Sadly the drive couldn't get in the endzone. But Gostkowski nails another one and the Pats go up 20-0.
Halftime came and went. The Steelers get the ball first after the half. Adjustments were made. The Steelers start putting together a drive. Ben hits James Washington down the sideline for forty five yards down to the Patriots eighteen yard line. This was basically the only highlight of their offense all night. The Steelers move the ball down inside the Pats 10 yard line a few plays later. First and goal and Ben drops back, he is basically back there forever, and is strip sacked. Sadly the Steelers recover it and the drive continues. Well, sort of. The Steelers can't punch it in from a few yards out and opt for a field goal. Down by 20. Tomlin just got an extension. I'm sorry, I'm rambling. Patriots take over and start their first drive of the second half with about 10 remaining in the third. Only a couple short minutes later Brady hit Dorsett again for a 58 yard touchdown. And they say Brady can't throw the deep ball. Pittsburgh takes over and again can't get anything out of it. The Pats take the ball back and almost immediately Brady throws a bomb to Josh Gordon into triple coverage and connects for 44 yards. But the drive ends with another field goal. 30-3 Patriots.
The fourth quarter was the throw away quarter of this game aside from a ridiculous penalty after the Steelers put in a new center who proceeded to not snap the ball even after the rest of the offensive line had already fallen back to protect their QB. Gostkowski kicks one more to make 33-3. What a statement. It's the first game of the season and this offense already looks unbeatable. Also just in case you've been living under a rock, Antonio Brown is now on the Patriots. That is a real sentence.
I'm looking forward to watching this time evolve this year. Or just spread it out 5 wide and throw for 600 every week. Whatever you choose to do, I'm watching.
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