Richard Seymour entered Sunday's game against the Patriots fueled by two-plus years of resentment for his trade from New England to Oakland . . . and his failure to control his emotions cost his team dearly in the first quarter.
Seymour was nailed for two penalties -- including an inexcusable roughing-the-passer penalty for hurling Tom Brady to the ground on a third-and-nine after play had been stopped for a delay-of-game call against the Pats -- that accounted for 25 of the 80 yards New England covered in a touchdown drive that gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead after one quarter.
Seymour also committed a face-mask penalty on a two-yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, which moved the ball from the Oakland 45 to the Oakland 32. It took Tom Brady just three plays -- runs of 15 yards by Stevan Ridley and 2 yards by Green-Ellis, and a 15-yard pass to Wes Welker set up by a beautiful pick from Chad Ochocinco -- to get the Pats in from there, giving them a 7-3 lead.
The Raiders, given a short field when the opening kickoff by Stephan Gostkowski went out of bounds, had taken a 3-0 lead on a chip-shot, 28-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.