With the 61st season of Patriots football underway, The Hall continues to keep its archives current with the newest record-breaking and milestone-related game-used items.
Some of the new items on display from the 2020 season include:
Touchdowns Vs. Vegas
Rex Burkhead had a career best performance in the Patriots 36-20 Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Burkhead scored a career-high three touchdowns (one receiving, two rushing) in the win and finished the game with six rushes for 49 yards and seven receptions for 40 yards. Burkhead tied his single-game receptions record (7) and recorded his first three-touchdown game of his career. The Hall has put his game-used gloves on display to recognize his impressive performance.
Back On The Goal Line
The Patriots last second thriller at Seattle in Week 2 marked yet another incredible game between the Super Bowl XLIX opponents. For the third straight time, the outcome of a Patriots-Seahawks game was decided by a defensive stop at the goal line. While the Patriots came one yard shy of the win, wide receiver Julian Edelman posted a career-best 179 receiving yards on eight receptions. His previous game-high was 151 yards in the 2016 season-finale at Miami. The Hall has Edelman’s game-worn red gloves on display to celebrate his new personal record.
To commemorate the Patriots introduction of their new away white color rush jersey, The Hall received Stephon Gilmore’s game-worn jersey from the week 2 matchup in Seattle. We will be sending this jersey to Canton, Ohio where it will be preserved and on display as a representation of the teams new look in 2020.
The New Season Begins
The Patriots also unveiled new uniform in 2020. Navy blue remains the team’s home jersey color, but the jersey is design is much more like the “color rush” jerseys the team has worn in recent seasons, but with a new font for the names and numbers. The away game white jersey now has a similar design to the home jersey with stripes on the shoulder and a Patriots logo on the sleeves. The Hall is displaying the new home jersey. It elected to go with Cam Newton’s jersey from his first game as a Patriot to do so since Newton made a splash by rushing for two touchdowns in the 21-11 season-opening win over Miami.
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The Hall also acquired the blue suede cleats that 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore wore in the season opener vs. Miami when he nabbed his first interception of the 2020 season.
Early in the second quarter of the Patriots-Dolphins game, Newton connected with Edelman on a 6-yard pass that marked Edelman’s 600th career reception. Edelman became just the second Patriots player to surpass 600 receptions with Wes Welker (672) having done so back in 2012. Two plays later after that connection, Newton scored on 4-yard touchdown run for his first touchdown as a Patriot. The football Edelman caught and that Newton later carried into the end zone is on display to represent both moments.
The 21-11 win over the Dolphins in week 1 was another significant milestone win in Patriots and AFL history. The victory was the Patriots 550th overall, which made them the first AFL franchise to reach 550 total wins. The Hall received the game ball from that milestone win.
Draft From Home
In the first ever virtual NFL Draft, the Patriots selected 10 players while Bill Belichick, his dog Nike, Nick Caserio an the Krafts engineered Draft duties from their homes. The Hall has now received the team’s official draft cards for all 10 of the 2020 picks, including second rounders Kyle Dugger and Josh Uche.
2018 AFC Championship Rewind
As the Patriots head to Kansas City for the first time since the 2018 AFC Championship overtime classic, The Hall is reliving that incredible conference championship with a pop-up display. To learn more about how we will be celebrating the team’s most recent trip to Arrowhead Stadium, click here.
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