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Mike McCarthy

Steelers-Patriots to open 2015 schedule on a Thursday night

NEW YORK — Among the Patriots' rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. This opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching quarterbacks with six Super Bowl rings and nine Super Bowl appearances: Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Since Brady became New England's starting quarterback in 2001, he is 6-3 against the Steelers — he missed the 2008 game while injured — including 2-0 in the playoffs. Other prime-time matchups on opening weekend will have the New York Giants at Dallas on Sunday,...