Mike Tomlin torched for decision to kick FG trailing Patriots, 20-0

The New England Patriots laid a woodshed beating on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday Night, striking fear into an NFL witnessing a defending champion in peak form in Week 1 about to add Antonio Brown to its roster.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, which appear to be a good team on paper, had zero answer for the Patriots on either side of ball, outmatched in every phase of the game in a 33-3 loss.

In a game filled with demoralizing moments for the Steelers and their fans, one delivered by head coach Mike Tomlin stood out above the rest.

Tomlin waves white flag in third quarter

Early in the third quarter, the Steelers faced the last vestiges of making the game somewhat competitive, facing fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line and a chance to cut their deficit to two scores.

It was a no-brainer situation to go for a touchdown, with nothing to lose beyond the pride of not having a zero on the scoreboard.

[Watch live NFL games on the Yahoo Sports app, here's how]

Tomlin chose pride. He sent out the field goal unit, where Chris Boswell converted on a 19-yard attempt that did nothing to increase Pittsburgh’s chances of winning.

Tomlin slammed

Social media was not kind to Tomlin’s cowardly decision.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have made careers out of demoralizing opponents. Rarely have they done so so thoroughly this early in the season.

14 PHOTOS
The most impressive NFL records held by Tom Brady
See Gallery
The most impressive NFL records held by Tom Brady

Most regular season wins by a starting quarterback: 207

(Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Most passing yards, regular season and postseason: 81,693

(Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Most passing touchdowns, regular season and postseason: 509

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Most touchdowns thrown to different receivers: 71

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Most division titles: 16

+ Most consecutive division titles by a starting quarterback: 10

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Most postseason games started by a quarterback: 40 

+ Most postseason games played, all-time: 40

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Most postseason touchdown passes thrown: 73

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Most postseason passing yards: 11,179

(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Most postseason wins by a starting quarterback: 30

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Most Super Bowl appearances: 9

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Most Super Bowl touchdown passes: 18

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Most Super Bowl passing yards: 2,838

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Most Super Bowl wins: 6

(Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Most Super Bowl MVP Awards: 4

(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

More from Yahoo Sports:

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.