Seemingly ageless as the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 toppled on Sunday 25, Tom Brady passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns.
A pregame celebration was maintained by the Patriots subsequently started the defence of that name in strong style.
Brady improved to. The 42-year-old was 24 of 36, hitting on Josh Gordon to get another and Phillip Dorsett for two touchdowns. Four field objectives were additional by stephen Gostkowski.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 27 for 276 passing yards, having an interception.
The Patriots thwarted the Steelers’ offense (308 total yards) without linebacker Kyle Van Noy, last year’s top tackler, whose wife was in labour.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore stepped up to provide powerful coverage .
New England led 7-0 after the first quarter and also 20-0 at halftime.
82 yards moved on seven matches, shrugging off an offensive pass interference penalty, to take a lead on Brady’s 20-yard scoring pass to Gordon at 4:46 of their first quarter.
At 11:52 of the second, Gostkowski’s 25-yarder made it 10-0.
Dorsett got to pull a 25-yard pass from Brady to drive it at 3:49 of the moment.
Even the Steelers failed to convert on a fourth-and-1 at midfield, helping set up Gostkowski’s 41-yard field goal with 21 seconds left until halftime.
Pittsburgh moved down in the second half stalled inside the 5 and then settled for a Chris Boswell field goal to close it to 20-3 at 10:17 of their third.
Brady and Dorsett hooked up again at 8:05 of the next as Dorsett sped much behind the defense to get a 58-yard scoring catch to make it 27-3.
Gordon’s 44-yard capture in visitors keyed a push that surfaced for a 30-3 Patriots lead in Gostkowski field target with 13 seconds left in the next.
Gostkowski added a 39-yarder at 6:38 of the fourth largest.
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