By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06
Alright, sorry for the delay folks, here is part two if the stroll down memory lane looking at each Patriots season opener since 2000.
We took a look at the 2000-2010 openers on Friday, so here's the rest as Bill Belichick gets set for his 21st "opening day" at the helm of the Patriots.
2011: PATS 38, MIAMI 24
The Pats offense put on a show on Monday Night Football, in particular Wes Welker.
Welker had a 99-yard touchdown catch (more so a 10-yard catch and like an 80-yard sprint) while racking up 160 yards and two TD's. Brady threw for 517 yards and 4 TD's. Danny Woodhead even added 69 yards rushing on 14 carries as well.
2012: PATS 34, TENNESSEE 13
Another ass-kicking to open up the season. The Pats went down to Nashville and easily opened up 1-0 as Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
Stevan Ridley had 125 yards on the ground to go along with a TD and Gronk added 60 yards on six catches with a touchdown. The Pats defense held stud running back Chris Johnson to just 47 yards.
2013: PATS 23, BUFFALO 21
A rare close game on opening day, the Pats snuck out a win in Buffalo as the fans there treated it like their Super Bowl.
With just five seconds left in the game, Gostkowski hit a field goal to pull out the win. Brady completed just 29 of 52 pass attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns. EJ Manuel held his own under center for the Bills, throwing for 150 yards and two TD's of his own.
Shane Vereen had 101 yards rushing and Amendola caught 10 balls for 104 yards. Edelman caught both of the TD's from Brady in the win.
2014: MIAMI 33, PATS 20
One of those classic ugly days down in the Florida heat, Ryan Tannehill outdueled Brady in this one.
Keyshawn Moreno was the shocking star of this one, racking up 134 yards and a TD. Mike Wallace added 81 yards receiving on six balls and a TD for the Phins' as well.
2015: PATS 28, PITTSBURGH 21
The first banner raising in 10 years following the Seattle Super Bowl, this was a special night at Gillette.
If you don't remember, this was the same night that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was listening to the Patriots radio broadcast in his headset at one point.
Brady had 288 yards and four TD's while Edelman caught 11 balls for 97 yards. The Pats led 14-3 at the half and while this one was never truly in doubt if I remember correctly, a late Antonio Brown TD did make things a little too close for comfort.
2016: PATS 23, ARIZONA 21
The Jimmy G debut went as perfectly as it could have in this one. The Pats squeaked out the win in the first of four games Brady had to sit out due to Deflategate.
Jimmy G had 264 yards passing with a TD and LeGarrette Blount ran the ball a stunning 22 times (for just 70 yards) and a TD.
Trailing 21-20 late, Gostkowski ultimately hit a game-winner in the fourth for the win.
2017: Kansas City 42, PATS 27
A night to forget. After another banner ceremony to celebrate the greatest comeback in sports history (ok fine NFL history, Sox 04 still stands above all else) the Chiefs had their way with the Pats here.
Alex Smith of all people had a ridiculous 368 yards passing and four touchdowns. Hunt had 148 yards rushing and Hill added 133 yards receiving.
2018: PATS 27, HOUSTON 20
This one was a bit more one-sided than the score suggests as the Pats gave up a late TD while up 27-13.
Brady threw for 277 yards and three TD's while Rex Burkhead actually had 18 carries for 64 yards. Gronk racked up 123 yards on seven catches, adding a TD while Philip Dorsett and James White each added TD catches as well.
2019: PATS 33, PITTSBURGH 3
It feels like a lifetime ago but last year's opener was an absolute ass kicking.
Brady had 341 yards passing with three TD's. Edelman caught six balls for 83 yards and Burkhead had 44 yards on eight carries. Dorsett and Josh Gordon had the TD receptions in this blowout.
Well, there you have it, a look at each opener since 2000 for Bill Belichick-led Patriots teams. This one is going to look and feel different for the first time in a long time, but it's just damn good to have football season back.