The evergreen Tom Brady led his New England Patriots to a 33-3 win on the opening Sunday of the season, with the victory exposing significant problems for the the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 42-year-old quarterback went 24-from-36 passes which included three touchdowns and 341 yards for the reigning Super Bowl champions, with Brady going to 6-0 in Massachusetts against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a less successful day, seemingly missing future hall-of-famer Antonio Brown who left the Pennsylvania franchise after last season.
The Patriots last week added Brown to their line-up after a short-lived spell with the Oakland Raiders.
The Pittsburgh Steelers spent all offseason waxing on about how, ridden of toxic elements (Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, etc.), the locker room was drama-free and everyone was on the same page heading into 2019.
On a night New England hung its sixth Super Bowl banner, Pittsburgh lost by at least 30 points for just the second time in the Ben Roethlisberger era, which has itself birthed two Super Bowl champions. For a franchise so used to being on the big stage and under the bright lights, the Steelers were notably not camera-ready on Sunday night.