Patriots Dominate Steelers in Season Opener
09/09/2019 By Tyler Englander
Boston, MA- It’s been a pretty good couple of days for the New England Patriots. From signing All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday to raising their sixth Super Bowl banner at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, things were looking good for the defending Super Bowl Champions. Life got even better for the Patriots Sunday night when they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots took the field for the first time Sunday since winning their record tying sixth Super Bowl title last February against the Los Angeles Rams. Following the unveiling of the Super Bowl LIII banner, it was all business for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Brady, now 42, showed no signs of a decline Sunday night against the Steelers, a team that he has dominated throughout his career at home. Brady went 24-36 for 341 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots got on the board with their second drive of the game. The Pats put together a seven-play, 82-yard drive that was capped off by a 20-yard Josh Gordon touchdown. It was Gordon’s first touchdown since December 2nd of last year, following an indefinite suspension to end last season. Although Gordon scored the touchdown, the big play was when WR Julian Edelman found James White on a 32-yard pass play. It was only the fifth pass attempt of Edelman’s career.
The Patriots would continue to dominate the first half, jumping out to a 20-0 lead at the break. Phillip Dorsett scored the first of two touchdowns at the 3:49 mark of the second quarter. Stephen Gostkowski tacked on two field goals to make it a 20 point game.
The second half was much of the same. Chris Boswell hit an early field goal to get the Steelers on the board. The Patriots quickly responded with Brady finding a wide open Dorsett for a 58-yard touchdown. That made it a 27-3 game. The Patriots would end up winning it 33-3.
Dorsett finished with four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first two touchdowns game in Dorsett’s career.
The Patriots defense is also deserving of credit after holding the Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to only three points. The defense held Pittsburgh to 308 total yards including allowing only 32 Steelers rushing yards.
The Patriots improve to 1-0 on the season. They will head to Miami next weekend to take on the Dolphins. The Dolphins sit at 0-1 following a 59-10 beatdown at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. We’ll see if old friend Brian Flores can inspire his team to put up a more competitive performance against his former team. The Patriots are expecting to have newly signed WR Antonio Brown available against the Dolphins.