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This Week in Patriots History

September 18 - 24

Sept. 22, 1963- The Patriots record a franchise-record 10 sacks for losses of 100 yards in a 20-14 road victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Sept. 22, 1968- Due to a scheduling conflict at Fenway Park, the nomadic Boston Patriots play the New York Jets in a "home" game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The Patriots drop a 47- 31 decision before 29,192 fans.

Sept. 23, 1970- Ground-breaking ceremonies are held in Foxborough to inaugurate the construction of the Patriots' new stadium. Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium served as the team's home from 1971-2001.

Sept. 19, 1971- The Patriots defeat the Oakland Raiders, 20-6, in the first regular-season game played at the new Schaefer Stadium in Foxborough.

Sept. 24, 1972- New England mounts a dramatic comeback with two fourth-quarter touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons at Schaefer Stadium, rallying from a 20-7 fourth-quarter deficit for a 21-20 win.

Sept. 18, 1983- Running back Tony Collins ran for a team record 212 yards on 23 carries in a 23-13 win over the New York Jets at Sullivan Stadium. Collins' 212 yards stand as one of two 200-yard rushing performances in team history.

Sept. 21, 1986- Quarterback Tony Eason throws for 414 yards in a game against Seattle at Sullivan Stadium, setting a then team record. The total currently ranks fifth in team history.

Sept. 23, 1990- The Patriots drop a 41-7 decision to the Bengals in Cincinnati, beginning a 14-game losing streak to end the 1990 season with a 1-15 record.

Sept. 21, 1997- The Patriots defeat the Chicago Bears at Foxboro Stadium, 31-3, to begin the 1997 season with a 4-0 record, marking just the third time in team history and the first time since 1974 that the team had started a season 4-0.

Sept. 22, 2002- Wide receiver Troy Brown establishes a single-game franchise record with 16 receptions in the Patriots' 41-38 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

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