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Highlights: Patriots defeat Steelers 33-3 to open Super Bowl defense

Highlights: Patriots defeat Steelers 33-3 to open Super Bowl defense

A night that started with a celebration, a Gronk sighting, and a sixth Super Bowl banner ended with another celebration and a complete annihilation of the Steelers at Gillette Stadium. Here's what happened in the Patriots' Week 1 rout.

BOX SCORE

FULL PLAY-BY-PLAY

SIX-PACK OF BANNERS

DOUBLING THEIR PLEASURE

Josh McDaniels breaks out a trick play less than 10 minutes into the Patriots' first game, as Julian Edelman executes the double pass perfectly, firing back across the field to James White for a gain of 32 yards.

FLASH FORWARD

On the very next play, Josh Gordon catches a short pass on a crossing route over the middle, breaks tackles inside the 10 and waltzes into the end zone for New England's first score of the season.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Jakobi Meyers makes his first career NFL reception, picking up 22 yards on this catch after bouncing off a Steeler defender to pick up a few extra yards.

GETTING THEIR PHIL

Tom Brady completes a 6-play, 80-yard drive with a 25-yard TD strike to Phillip Dorsett. Brady goes 4-for-4 for 73 yards on the drive.

GOOD, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Finally, some good news for Pittsburgh: James Washington makes a nifty grab for 45 yards. (Bad news for Pittsburgh: the drive stalls inside the 5 and Mike Tomlin inexplicably calls for a field goal on 4th & goal from the 1 when trailing 20-0.)

PITTSBURGH'S IN DEEP -- VERY DEEP -- TROUBLE

In his 58th career game, Phillip Dorsett has his first career multi-TD game, hauling in a 58-yard deep ball from Brady to make the score 27-3. 

UNDER PRESSURE? NAH...

The Steelers tried to blitz Tom Brady throughout the game. The problem for "Blitz-burgh"? Brady kept picking them apart and making the Steelers defense pay.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.