Saturday’s Wild Card Matchup for the New England Patriots will be their first of the new decade. But before they take the field, it’s appropriate to take one final look back at the incredible run of home games.
Gillette Stadium has been the home for many historic games for the New England Patriots. Many of them came in the 2000s, however the 2010s were the first full decade for the venue.
And while the bookends of the decade involved painful losses, there was plenty to enjoy in between (it began with the Wild Card blowout, in case you tried to forget).
Take one final look at the best New England Patriots home games of the 2010s.
5. Sunday Night Football vs. Kansas City, 2018
While most of New England had their remotes switching back and forth with the Boston Red Sox, this October game delivered on all of the hype and was must-see TV.
Though the Pats started out with the early lead, it quickly became a shootout. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes tied the game late, but Tom Brady was able to execute a clutch game-winning drive featuring a massive catch-and-run by Rob Gronkowski and a go-ahead field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
The victory reestablished the Patriots as an AFC contender and gave them the confidence to beat the Chiefs later in the season.
In addition, the Pats were able to use the game as a measuring stick and formulate game plans based on the nuances, which was another component to their victory later in January.
To this day, it is the last real vintage Brady performance at Gillette Stadium. Let’s hope for another on Saturday.