What Scandal? Tom Brady Is Dominant in Season Opener Against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Brady thew for four touchdowns and set a franchise record of 19 consecutive completions

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There was no deflategate on Thursday night. No eight-month inquest over did he or didn’t he cheat. No tabloid rumors of trouble in paradise with supermodel wife Gisele Bundüchen. No hint of the turbulent off-season filled with unflattering headlines.

On Thursday night it was just Tom Brady looking like a four-time Super Bowl champion.

The New England Patriots quarterback was dominant and merciless in leading his team to a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the prime-time NFL opener in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Brady threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, ending the night with 19 straight completions, a franchise record.

Just last week, he was scheduled to sit out – part of a four-game suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged participation in an alleged scheme to partially deflate balls to give the Patriots a competitive edge. But last Thursday, US District Judge Richard Berman threw out the suspension, calling out Goodell for administering “his own brand of industrial justice.”

Berman pointedly did not comment on Brady s guilt or innocence as far as deflategate was concerned, so Brady’s legion of haters got no satisfaction from the ruling.

Exactly one week after winning in court, Brady returned to doing what he does best: winning on the football field.

Bundüchen wore her husband’s jersey as she cheered him on from his suite.

But this wouldn’t be a Patriots game without some allegations of funny business. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin complained that there were problems with his headset at Gillette Stadium. “We were listening to the Patriots’ radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets,” he groused to reporters after the game. Patriots coach Bill Belichick responded by saying his coaches also had problems with their headsets, Sports Illustrated reports.

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