As the New England Patriots get ready to open their NFL season tonight against the Pittsburgh Steelers, football fans across the country are asking how did it happen? How did the Pats end up with controversial and talented receiver Antonio Brown?

Conspiracy theorists say A.B. planned the whole thing...

Brown was cut by the Raiders shortly after noon on Saturday.

Any team could sign him as of 4:01pm and the Patriots did.

But the deal doesn't become official until Monday when league offices re-open. That means he will not play tonight when the Patriots take on his old team, the Steelers.