Sept. 9, 1960 - In the first game in Patriots history, the Boston Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos, 13-10 at Boston University Field. Gino Cappelletti nailed a 34-yard field goal for the first points in team history and quarterback Butch Songin connected with receiver Jim Colclough for the first touchdown in team history.
Sept. 7, 1986 - The Patriots' 1985 AFC Championship Banner was raised at Sullivan Stadium in a pregame ceremony prior to a 33-3 victory in the 1986 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Sept. 9, 2002 - In the Grand Opening of Gillette Stadium, the Patriots defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-14, on Monday Night Football. New England's Super Bowl XXXVI banner is unveiled before the game.
Sept. 9, 2004 - The Patriots opened the NFL season with a 27-24 victory over Indianapolis in a Thursday night prime-time rematch of the 2003 AFC Championship Game. Robert Kraft unveiled the Super Bowl XXXVIII championship banner as part of a star-studded pregame ceremony that included musical performances from Elton John, Toby Keith, Destiny's Child and Lenny Kravitz.
Sept. 8, 2005 - New England unveiled its Super Bowl XXXIX championship Banner prior to a Thursday night season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders. A nationally-televised pregame show included a performance from Green Day at Gillette Stadium.