Updated 02:58 AM EST, Fri, Jan 28, 2022

Tom Brady Leads New England Patriots in Season Opener vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Tom Brady was unstoppable on Thursday night as the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21 for the season opener.

The Guardian said the quarterback threw four touchdowns, proving that overturning the decision to suspend him for four games paid off.

The same report noted that he was effective in leading drives of 90 and 64 yards to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"The All-Pro tight end scored from the 16, six and one. He also recovered a fumble by running back Dion Lewis at the Pittsburgh one before his final TD," added The Guardian.

Everything seemed right for Brady as he was able to complete 20 of 24 passes, 88 percent of which was completed during the first half, according to ESPN.

This was reportedly his "second-best completion percentage" during an opening game, coming second to his 89 percent against the Indianapolis Colts in 2003.

"It was a pretty special night. I was excited, our whole team was excited. We haven't had one of these games in a long time," Brady said in an AP report published by CBC Sports.

The quarterback expressed how happy he was to be back in the game.

"It's always fun being out there and getting an opportunity to go and play. We took advantage of it. It was a good win," he added.

As for Gronkowski, he claimed the season opener night belonged to Brady, who was the key to their win.

"Everything he's been going through all offseason, he just came out and he was on fire. I don't know his stats or anything, but he was hitting all of the open guys, reading the defense well, calling the right plays. He's just unreal," the tight end told AP.

The New York Times added that Patriots coach Bill Belichick was ecstatic with the team's output for Thursday night though he declined to tackle on the emotion during the game.

The report also observed that thousands of fans cheered for Brady and the Patriots during the game, showing how much support the team has even with the "Deflategate" circus.

But one person was missing, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was not present during the game which was rare since he always attends season openers.

The fans were even looking for him as they chanted "Where is Roger?" in reference to the NFL's investigation on the deflation of balls which led to Brady's 4-game suspension decision. But this was overturned by a judge last week.

"It has made Goodell an unpopular figure in New England. He said he would skip the NFL opener for the first time as commissioner to avoid being a distraction," explained Syracuse.

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