New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the NFL football kickoff game at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 10, 2015 in Foxborough, Mass.
Ben Liebenberg—AP
September 11, 2015

Tom Brady didn’t just have a strong performance in the New England Patriots’ season opener, he even managed to set a franchise record.

In Brady’s first matchup since a judge vacated the quarterback’s 4-game suspension for his alleged role in deflating footballs during last year’s playoffs, the the Patriots star completed a record 19 consecutive passes to help New England beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21. Brady threw for all four of the Patriots’ touchdowns and completed 25 of 32 passes for a total of 288 yards.

But even with the ‘deflategate’ scandal now in the past, the matchup was not without its share of Patriots drama. After Thursday’s game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin complained that his team’s coach-to-coach headsets were picking up interference from the Patriots’ radio broadcast during the first half. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said his team experienced similar issues.

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