Patriots to honor Tom Brady at home opener

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We don’t know who they’ll play, or when the game will be. But we know this — when the Patriots open their home schedule, they’ll honor quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots made the announcement on Thursday morning.

This would seem to be fairly persuasive evidence that Brady isn’t going to unretire for the second straight year, since he would otherwise be occupied that day. Unless he’s playing for the road team.

That said, would Brady have any qualms about requesting a postponement if he decides between now and then to play?

Regardless, the plans make that game bigger — and it possibly hints to the fact that it will be a standalone game.

The Patriots host at Gillette Stadium the Bills, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Chargers, Saints, Eagles, and Commanders. The Patriots gave up their ninth home game this year to Germany, for a contest against the Colts.

86 responses to “Patriots to honor Tom Brady at home opener

  1. “This would seem to be fairly persuasive evidence that Brady isn’t going to unretire for the second straight year” – right. Because Tommy would never change his mind when he has committed to something…

  2. Ha! Do the Pats really think he will show up for this nice, heartfelt tribute??

  3. My guess is it will be against the Jets with the Aaron Rodgers era opening with the first of many losses.

  4. Too soon. Seems forced. Tom has been in no rush to return thus far. These things don’t need to be done immediately. Especially for a team trying to move on to the next chapter.

  5. milehigh777 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:05 am
    Ha! Do the Pats really think he will show up for this nice, heartfelt tribute??
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    I doubt they would announce it without confirmation JE will show up…

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    zombiepatriot says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:07 am
    My guess is it will be against the Jets with the Aaron Rodgers era opening with the first of many losses.

    It’s already been announced the Jets will be hosting the Bills week one..

  6. asdfghjk says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:03 am
    2 earned > 6 unearned

    He won 8 SB?

    Yet another genius Patriot/Brady crybaby

  7. Makes sense to do it this year. Opening Day next year, and for ten years, Brady will be working for Fox.

  8. Glad the Patriots found a way to celebrate the most overrated player in NFL history. Is he going to throw one of his patented dink and dunk passes to Edelman at halftime?

  9. zombiepatriot says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:07 am
    My guess is it will be against the Jets with the Aaron Rodgers era opening with the first of many losses.

    It’s already been announced the Jets will be hosting the Bills week one..
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    Yes, but the Pats might not host a home game until week 2 or 3, so that could actually still happen

  10. mainewoodchopper says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:08 am
    Too soon. Seems forced. Tom has been in no rush to return thus far. These things don’t need to be done immediately. Especially for a team trying to move on to the next chapter.

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    Yep. It’s Kraft. The coddling and enabling of the diva behavior is why his exit was what it was.

    I am sure BB is rolling his eyes like half the fanbase is. There are a lot more fans out there who aren’t too fond of Brady than some realIze.

    He’s the only Boston legend to exit in such a way. Clemens ruined himself, too.

    Who would have thought Brady would take that path?

  11. It’s already been announced the Jets will be hosting the Bills week one..

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    It’s a week 2 home opener. But it probably will be Miami.

  12. I hope it isn’t against Miami again, it would be what the 3rd season in a row opening vs Miami

  13. skcusoirolf says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:51 am
    I hope it isn’t against Miami again, it would be what the 3rd season in a row opening vs Miami
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    4th in a row.

  14. Watching our formidable team like the Bruins winning a lot then getting eliminated, I now deeply appreciate the Patriots with Brady at the helm winning those SBs and always contending at the top. It’s just so difficult to win championships. Brady made it look that winning is a given. It’s good that we will honor Brady. He made us stand tall as fans.

  15. GiantsOwnBrady says:
    May 11, 2023 at 9:58 am
    4-3 in super bowls outside of spygate…
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    there where 10 holding and 4 hands to the face penalties not called on the Helmet Catch, everyone jokes about it, I guess cheating is only if you get caught.. Manningham was great catch!

  16. Honored in the first game against Miami … playing against the Patriots for Miami in the playoffs.
    We Will See …

  17. Rumors that it’s going to be Philly. Tough matchup for the home opener.

  18. You know Kraft is worried about the future of his 2023 AFCE last place franchise when they are already looking to and honoring the past.

  19. Tom, we would like to present to you this deflated football, all these ill-got video tapes and the ashes of the video tapes of the Rams SB walk through. Congratulations on your Bucs SB win and your forever tainted Patriot career!

  20. G00dellmustgo–

    Yep the rumored match up is with the Eagles–how ironic!!! The last NFC team to beat him and the Pats in the SB behind a backup QB–just like Tom was when he win his first SB.

  21. As they should!

    And to you haters, those six Super Bowl titles are still providing a treasure or memories.

    Huzzah!

  22. >>Tom, we would like to present to you this deflated football, all these ill-got video tapes and the ashes of the video tapes of the Rams SB walk through. Congratulations on your Bucs SB win and your forever tainted Patriot career!

    Exactly right. It’s enough to know that everybody knows
    2 earned > 6 unearned

  23. Gonna be really hard to watch that team in an utter shambles. Hopefully they schedule some patsy like the Commanders.

  24. By videotaping the other teams practices? By deflating footballs??

  25. If its a home game then I’ll go and, despite being a grown man, I’ll shed a few tears.

  26. One word: statue.
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    Just bring your shrine from home.

  27. The Dolphins have been leaked as the week 2 prime time matchup. Brady will not be honored against the Dolphins my guess is that it will be against the Washington Commanders as that will be seen as a winnable game.

  28. This is great news. I get how people feel about Tom. I used to dislike Michael Jordan because he was so awesome too. Real Pat fans understand what he did for us. Some crazies got there feelings hurt. Get over it already. Tb12 GOAT

  29. GiantsOwnBrady – Brady will live in your head in perpetuity. You do have those two SB victories to soften the blow.

  30. 2 earned > 6 unearned
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    I am very intrigued how you came up with this especially the math.

  31. In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.

  32. What they aren’t saying is that they are going to honor him by handing him a helmet and the ball, and saying LFG!!!!!!!

    Barring that I’m not sure enough time has passed. I adjusted to his playing in Tampa, for one season. The subsequent drama and histrionics eventually disturbed me. I need some water to go under the bridge so I can forget all that and just focus on the good times. Can’t we let another season go by before we do this? Regardless, The Pat’s don’t have many prime time games, and by selecting the home opener, they are kind of forcing the league’s scheduling hand. They likely already had a Week 1 opening slate of games selected. That means the Pats will likely have to open on the road, and play the TB12 game in Week 2 or 3 depending on if they do a 2 game road trip to open the season, or just one game. Then there is the issue of the opponent, and wanting to draw as big an audience as possible for the farewell celebration for the leagues most visible player. They also want a competitive game with a higher profile team to draw viewers. I’m not sure the Pat’s, with all the changes, would be ready for a KC or Philly matchup that early in the season. I’d suggest the Bills, partly because they are a higher profile team with a star QB, but also because it is a division game, and division games are usually closer in score and hard fought. Brady’s 33-3 record against the Bills would not be lost on the team and the fans. There would be great pressure on NE to win, though my experiences tell me that home teams often lose games that include emotional celebrations like this. My guess is they squeeze it in on a Sunday Night so they can show it on the Monday Night halftime show as well, for maximum exposure.

    The Nyets are in a similar boat, and with Rodgers in the fold, that could also be a good pick.

    The Chargers, as a riser, might work too.

    But I’d prefer he prove he’s not coming back again before setting this up. Even the fans will be like “OK, but is this reeeeealy the last time?”

  33. In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.
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    How does Brady lose to other QBs? Now go the other way and look at those he “won” against and let that sink in.

  34. GiantsOwnBrady says:
    May 11, 2023 at 1:05 pm
    In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.
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    + Dak and Matt Stafford and he was just horrible in both those games.

  35. I’ve heard the Nyets open against the Bills….rumor….so unless they play in NE in Week 2 they are out. The Pats usually play the Dolphins early and late in the season, so I guess they are a strong possibility as well. There is a rumor they open against Philly….not sure how that will go so early in the season given all of NE’s changes. But perhaps a non-conference game so early isn;t a bad thing? I still think it should be the Bills given how much success Brady had against them.

  36. dwqb11 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 2:23 pm
    In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.
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    How does Brady lose to other QBs? Now go the other way and look at those he “won” against

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    By choking, that’s how. QBs get wins and losses, just like a starting pitcher in baseball.

  37. GiantsOwnBrady says:
    May 11, 2023 at 1:05 pm
    In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.

    Cool , now list all the ones he’s beaten… I bet it’s a longer list.

  38. zombiepatriot says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:07 am
    My guess is it will be against the Jets with the Aaron Rodgers era opening with the first of many losses.
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    This era you speak of will be what, one to two seasons?? LMAO. Jets will be back to doing Jets things again in no time.

  39. dwqb11 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 2:23 pm
    In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.

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    Now do who he beat.

  40. GiantsOwnBrady says:
    May 11, 2023 at 2:46 pm
    dwqb11 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 2:23 pm
    In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.
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    How does Brady lose to other QBs? Now go the other way and look at those he “won” against

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    By choking, that’s how. QBs get wins and losses, just like a starting pitcher in baseball.


    And guess who has more “wins” than anybody else?
    Regular season and postseason…

  41. Brady placed a curse on all Boston teams on his way out the door , as you can see by the epic choke job by the Bruins and soon to be Celtics. No Boston team will ever win a championship again this century.

  42. Would love if it’s against Miami and Brady addresses the crowd and says I am taking my talents to south beach and walks to the Miami sideline WWE style and plays for them lol

  43. I miss all those beautiful New England fall afternoons, all the cool air, the fire in the fire pit and the raking of the leaves with the Patriots game on the radio, listening to Tom Brady demolish yet another team. Good times and they will never be erased.

  44. In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.

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    Seems like if a coach were the GOAT, he could dial up a D to stop guys like Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez.

  45. thurmanmerman1 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 3:13 pm
    Brady placed a curse on all Boston teams on his way out the door , as you can see by the epic choke job by the Bruins and soon to be Celtics. No Boston team will ever win a championship again this century.

    Yeah, the Bruins lost because Brady “placed a cures” on them
    #moronsontheinternet

  46. By choking, that’s how. QBs get wins and losses, just like a starting pitcher in baseball.
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    So what you are saying is in the post season there is only one QB who does not choke – the winner. Can you please let me know which QB was the last one standing the most.

  47. >>2 earned > 6 unearned
    >>>>I am very intrigued how you came up with this especially the math.

    Some people are OK with cheating. Some are not

    It really comes down to what kind of person you are

  48. asdfghjk says:
    May 11, 2023 at 3:24 pm
    >>2 earned > 6 unearned
    >>>>I am very intrigued how you came up with this especially the math.

    Some people are OK with cheating. Some are not

    It really comes down to what kind of person you are

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    Some people take time out of their day to seek out articles and write negative comments about the most successful sports figures in the world and some don’t. It really depends what kind of person you are.

  49. I don’t know how anyone can disrespect Brady. Love or hate the Patriots, those teams don’t win a single super bowl without him. Look at them these last three years.

  50. So many butthurt folks on here. Let go of your anger. Brady was great for the game and provided a huge number of fans with 20+ amazing years of watching a great player compete. Love him or hate him, he was must-watch TV for a long time. Respect.

  51. Tom Brady says:
    May 11, 2023 at 3:19 pm
    In the playoffs Brady has lost to Nick Foles, Eli Mannning twice, Jake Plummer, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco twice, and Ryan Tannehill…let that sink in.

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    Seems like if a coach were the GOAT, he could dial up a D to stop guys like Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez.

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    Or maybe winning 6 Super Bowls is pretty good, and nobody else has ever done it and probably he wasn’t going to win 2 more. Sure he lost in 2010 and 2017 to your point, but he stole a few games too. Can’t winnem all but 6 is the best ever.

  52. Brady defeated Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, Jake Delhomme, Donovan McNabb, Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and other ones in the playoffs. So, that’s a great list.

  53. asdfghjk says:
    May 11, 2023 at 3:24 pm
    >>2 earned > 6 unearned
    >>>>I am very intrigued how you came up with this especially the math.

    Some people are OK with cheating. Some are not

    It really comes down to what kind of person you are
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    Pretty much. Patriots fans have a laundry list of excuses about Spygate:

    1. Everyone was doing it.

    2. No advantage to videotaping defensive signals, even though we did it for 7 years straight and chose to ignore a league memo that said we shouldn’t do it anymore. This of course begs the question if the spying wasn’t helpful why do it for 7 years?

    3. My favorite – Goodell’s fault!

    4. Jealous owners!

    5. Spying is allowed just as long as the location is in compliance with league standards

  54. goodellmustgoandtouchback6dontknowanythingaboutfootball says:
    May 11, 2023 at 3:59 pm
    Brady defeated Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, Jake Delhomme, Donovan McNabb, Joe Flacco, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and other ones in the playoffs. So, that’s a great list.
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    And I counted maybe 2 of those that Brady had anything to do with instead of the Patriots defense,

    So weird. I was told this guy is the greatest and yet that’s the best he could do. Huh. Maybe he just ain’t all that after all. I mean he has a career losing record without elite coaching so that’s not surprising…

  55. Brady’s defense and Belichick’s ego also cost him a super bowl, GMG. So, make sure to tell the full story next time. A total of 41 points against Nick Foles and 40 points versus Mahomes.

  56. “So weird. I was told this guy is the greatest and yet that’s the best he could do. Huh. Maybe he just ain’t all that after all.” It’s strange how Joe Montana won a super bowl against the Bengals with just one touchdown, just like Brady over the Rams. I guess Montana is horrible for only winning four rings. And Joe was benched against the Vikings.

  57. jameshodges says:
    May 11, 2023 at 4:33 pm
    Brady’s defense and Belichick’s ego also cost him a super bowl, GMG. So, make sure to tell the full story next time. A total of 41 points against Nick Foles and 40 points versus Mahomes.

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    Brady laughing at Plaxico cost him the biggest game in NFL history.

  58. Since the Giants last won the SB (deservedly so) they have one playoff win. Brady-led teams have won 20 playoff games which is only 5 short of the Giants total playoff wins. Also won another 4 SBs tying the Giants franchise record.

  59. The Patriots should retire the #12 that afternoon, before Tampa Bay does. The current players carrying him in on a throne. Belichick and Kraft must kneel before him and beg him for forgiveness for letting him leave and not paying him what he deserved. The entire crowd, the players, the media all will kneel and bow their heads to thank him for 20 years of the greatest success ever. Chanting “we were never worthy”. His critics, like goodellmustgo, sacrificed before him in ritual executions. Nothing but the best for the GOAT as he blesses us by returning for Tom Brady Day. Thank you Tom, Thank you so very much.

  60. I’m convinced that Brady could have won the Jets or Browns a super bowl. If he came out of retirement right now and signed with the Packers, he’d probably win them another super bowl. He has more love for the game than anyone else.

  61. Brady laughing at Plaxico cost him the biggest game in NFL history.
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    That clip should be put in Canton in the hubris wing.

  62. jameshodges says:
    May 11, 2023 at 8:56 pm
    I’m convinced that Brady could have won the Jets or Browns a super bowl.

    I’m convinced he wouldn’t win more than 3 games with either team.

  63. “I’m convinced he wouldn’t win more than 3 games with either team.” I’m convinced that you’re just a Dolphins fan. That would make perfect sense after dozens of horrible takes.

  64. jameshodges says:
    May 12, 2023 at 12:14 pm
    “I’m convinced he wouldn’t win more than 3 games with either team.” I’m convinced that you’re just a Dolphins fan. That would make perfect sense after dozens of horrible takes.
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    In 2022 he had a losing record without elite coaching, a top notch OL and a really good set of offensive playmakers. Why would anyone think he would do better than that on a worse team?

  65. jameshodges says:
    May 12, 2023 at 12:14 pm
    “I’m convinced he wouldn’t win more than 3 games with either team.” I’m convinced that you’re just a Dolphins fan. That would make perfect sense after dozens of horrible takes.
    —-
    In 2022 he had a losing record without elite coaching, but with a top notch OL and a really good set of offensive playmakers. Why would anyone think he would do better than that on a worse team?

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