By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Check below for a recap of our live updates during the Patriots’ 33-3 win over the Steelers in the 2019 season opener.
Recap: Live Updates
— Q4, 6:38: Stephen Gostkowski nails another field goal to make it 33-3 Patriots. But the bigger story is on the Patriots’ offensive line. Right tackle Marcus Cannon appeared to suffer an arm or shoulder injury and left the field, giving way to Jermaine Eluemunor. Left guard Joe Thuney took over at right tackle while Eluemunor played left guard, and as you might expect it didn’t look as sharp as we’re used to seeing. Cannon would be a major loss if he has to miss extended time, as the Pats are already dealing with depth issues on the O-line.
— Q4, 12:32: Turnover on downs by the Steelers. Roethlisberger’s attempt for Moncrief is dropped and the Patriots decline a penalty on the Steelers. We’re pretty much in garbage time now.
— Q3, 0:13: Despite another big play, the Patriots offense comes out with only three points. Brady hit Gordon for 42 yards down the middle of the field, as Gordon took a big hit from safety Terrell Edmunds but held onto the ball. However, Bud Dupree breaks through and sacks Brady on third down to force another field goal attempt. Gostkowski is good and it’s 30-3 Patriots.
— Q3, 5:20: Rookie defensive end Chase Winovich got pressure up the middle on third-and-15 to force an errant throw from Roethlisberger and another Steelers punt. Brady back to work again as he looks for a fourth touchdown pass.
— Q3, 8:05: Brady can throw bombs too. This time he hits Dorsett for a 58-yard score, Dorsett’s second of the game. Dorsett got behind safety Kameron Kelly and burned him for a wide-open catch-and-run into the end zone. 27-3 Patriots.
— Q3, 10:17: Finally, the Steelers get a big play on offense. Roethlisberger fires deep down the field for James Washington, who had a step on Jason McCourty and reeled it in for a 45-yard gain. A defensive holding penalty on the Patriots helped set up first-and-goal from the 6-yard line, but the Steelers can’t punch it in. James Conner got tackled at the 1, then Roethlisberger can’t hit Moncrief on third-and-goal. They opt for a field goal instead of going for six. 20-3 Patriots.
— Q2, 0:17: Patriots drive comes up short, but Stephen Gostkowski hits a 41-yard field goal to help them escape with points. Brady was a little late throwing to White, and the running back actually had to tip the ball to prevent a possible interception. In any event, it’s now 20-0 Patriots.
— Q2, 1:57: Another huge stand by the Patriots defense. The Steelers go for it on fourth-and-1, and try a short pass to Donte Moncrief. Patrick Chung broke up the pass to give the ball back to Brady.
— Q2, 3:49: Patriots offense gets back on track. Two straight completions to Julian Edelman marched them into Steelers territory, then Brady hit an open Phillip Dorsett in the end zone. 17-0 Patriots.
— Q2, 6:58: Another big third-and-1 stop by the Patriots defense. This time it’s Jamie Collins making the play, as he burst through untouched into the backfield to drop Conner for a four-yard loss on the pitch play.
— Q2, 9:12: Bad drive for the Patriots offense. Three-and-out, and Brady is a little off with his third-down attempt toward White.
— Q2, 10:00: Great stand by the Patriots defense. Starting with seven defensive backs on the field, they force a third-and-1. Then nose tackle Danny Shelton stuffed James Conner on third down. Measurement showed the Steelers short about 1-2 inches, and they elect to punt from their own 30.
— Q2, 11:52: The Patriots’ drive didn’t end exactly how they wanted, but they came out with more points. A pair of passes over the middle to Gordon and Edelman helped set up a first-and-goal, but the drive stalled out from there. White can make only three yards on a swing pass, then Brady overthrows Rex Burkhead and Gordon in the end zone. Stephen Gostkowski is good from 25 yards, though. 10-0 Patriots.
— Q1, 0:00: The Patriots are driving again as the first quarter winds to a close. Brady hit rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers for his first NFL catch, a 22-yard grab over the middle. Meyers held onto the ball as he got popped. Nice, tough play for the rookie out of N.C. State. The Patriots will begin the second quarter on the Steelers’ 29-yard line.
Another option for @TomBrady on the outside.— NFL (@NFL) September 9, 2019
Rookie WR Jakobi Meyers with a nice catch over the middle!
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— Q1, 4:46: And the Patriots are on the board. Phillip Dorsett kept the drive alive with a catch on third-and-5, then James White got the Patriots into the red zone off a double-pass from Julian Edelman. Josh Gordon made a guy miss on the way to the end zone on the next play. Seven plays, 82 yards for the Pats, and they’re off. 7-0 Patriots.
Here’s the Edelman double-pass:
The double pass that set up the @patriots TD!@TomBrady to @Edelman11 back to James White ???? #GoPats— NFL (@NFL) September 9, 2019
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— Q1, 7:54: The Patriots defense gets a stop to begin their season. Ben Roethlisberger lofted a deep ball for receiver Johnny Holton, but Jonathan Jones is there in coverage and the pass falls safely incomplete. Gunner Olszewski took the first punt return and called a fair catch. Brady back to work.
— Q1, 11:54: The Patriots start with the ball, but come up short. James White picked up a first down on a jet sweep, but on the next series Tom Brady’s pass intended for Julian Edelman fell incomplete. The throw fell short; it’s unclear whether a defender got a hand on it at the line.
— Tight end Matt LaCosse is one of the notable active players for the Patriots. Among those making their NFL debuts: OL Isaiah Wynn, TE Ryan Izzo, DE Chase Winovich, P Jake Bailey, and WRs Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.
— LB Kyle Van Noy is among the inactives for the Patriots on Sunday night. This is because his wife is in labor with their first child, according to multiple reports. Full inactives below:
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