The NFL is back and it has kicked off with the New England Patriots claiming a 28-21 home victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was a night centred around controversy as Tom Brady was the starting quarterback for the Patriots despite the Deflategate controversy that has gone on all through the off-season.
More of the same
It didn't take long for the controversy to start though with reports coming across that there was some kind of interference on the headsets of the Steelers coaches.
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It was claimed that the interference was resulting in the headsets playing some form of Patriots radio which was disrupting communications on the Pittsburgh sidelines.
The problem persisted while the game continued with even the announcers pointing out how bad it is that it happened tonight.
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Rumours also claimed that when the Patriots sideline heard of the issues, the coaches removed their headsets in order to level the playing field but it would never be enough to take away the theories.
It looks like the Patriots won't be able to escape the controversy this season but all they can hope is that things continue to go as well on the field as they did tonight.
Right where they left off
It was reported earlier this week that the Steelers had plans to stop New England's star tight-end Rob Gronkowski, but reality proved that to be wrong.
Gronk finished the game with five receptions for 94 yards and three touchdowns including one which highlighted the most bizarre defensive play of the night from Pittsburgh.
The play which led to the opening score saw the Steelers have no defenders on Gronkowski who went 16 yards for the touchdown.
Gronk was the stand out player besides Brady but wide receivers Antonio Brown for Pittsburgh and Julian Edelman for New England both had great nights.
Out of nowhere
With all the hype around Tom Brady, Gronkowski and the absences of Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Martavis Bryant, three names rose from nowhere to shine in the game.
Pittsburgh runningback DeAngelo Williams stepped up in the absence of Bell and rushed for 127 yards off 21 carries and was only lacking a touchdown to complete a great performance.
Fresh off a history making interception in Super Bowl XLIX, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was put up against Brown tonight and he held his ground despite giving up a touchdown late in the game to one of the most highly rated receivers in the league these days.
The Patriots also found a new star in runningback Dion Lewis who took the place of Blount and ran for 69 yards while also having 51 receiving yards.
It may only be game one but the Patriots are already looking sharp and like they will be a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.
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