Moment of the Week

Each week of the 2020 season, The Hall will highlight one moment in Patriots history that previously occurred in that corresponding football week. Some moments you may remember, some you may not, but each week of Patriots football presents the opportunity for a historic moment.

WEEK 6

After enjoying a Week 5 bye, the Patriots welcomed the rival Baltimore Ravens to Gillette Stadium in Week 6 of the 2010 season. The Patriots were seeking revenge for their early playoff exit the year before at the hands of the Ravens. The Patriots offense had a new look after two bye week transactions resulted in the departure of Randy Moss and the return of a familiar face, Deion Branch. These two AFC powerhouses went toe-to-toe in the first half. A Ravens field goal opened the scoring, but the Pats responded with a BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown in the final seconds of the opening quarter. Baltimore responded early in the second with a touchdown of its own.

The Ravens then opened the second half scoring with a 25-yard strike from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin to open a 17-7 lead. Stephen Gostkowski added a Patriots field goal in the third to make it a one possession game. The Ravens responded with a 13-play, 6:47 drive but the Patriots made a red zone stand and held Baltimore to a field goal. The Patriots stormed back with an eight-play drive that ended in a Tom Brady-to-Deion Branch 5-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-17. Vince Wilfork and the Patriots defensive line stuffed Joe Flacco on a third down-and-one quarterback sneak, forcing a Ravens punt. The Brady-to-Branch connection proved pivotal down the stretch. They connected four times for 37 yards and helped set Gostkowski up for the game-tying field goal.

Baltimore won the overtime toss and started with the ball, but both teams failed to score and went back and forth for 13 minutes of overtime. It was a stalemate until Brady and Branch connected again. Brady found Branch for 23-yard and 10-yard completions to eventually set up a 35-yard game-winning field goal. In his return to Foxboro, Branch finished with nine receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown as he lead the Patriots to a 23-20 comeback win in overtime.

WEEK 5

After coming off a 20-17 loss in Washington, the 2-2 Patriots returned home to battle the Tennessee Titans in Week 5 of the 2003 NFL season. The Patriots found themselves trailing early after a pair of field goals gave the Titans the lead going into the final minutes of the first quarter. The Patriots finally got on the board with 1:00 left in the quarter when Tom Brady connected with Patriots Hall of Famer Troy Brown on a 58-yard touchdown pass for the only Patriots score in the first half.

After giving up a late-second quarter touchdown to Steve McNair and Co., the Patriots began the second half with the ball and trailed 13-7. The entertaining second half saw the teams trading scores. Antowain Smith and Mike Cloud both barreled in for 1-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter for New England. Gary Anderson and Adam Vinatieri then traded field goals early in the fourth quarter. With just over four minutes left in the game, the Titans scored on a McNair run and successfully converted the 2-point conversion to take a 27-24 lead. The Patriots responded quickly, however, as Bethel Johnson took the ensuing kickoff 71 yards to set up a 15-yard Cloud touchdown run to retake the lead. The Patriots defense held strong as Ty Law jumped a McNair pass on the sideline and returned the interception 65 yards for a touchdown as he limped into the end zone while playing through an ankle injury. The Titans last-ditch effort came in the form of a 41-yard field goal and an attempt at an onside kick. The comeback attempt fell short when Christian Fauria recovered the onside kick attempt to secure the Patriots 38-30 victory.

The win marked the start of the Patriots NFL-record 21-game winning streak. The 2003 Patriots would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVIII that season and they would not lose again until October 31, 2004.

WEEK 4

Coming of a disappointing AFL Championship Game loss in 1963, the Boston Patriots rebounded to start the 1964 campaign on an impressive three-game winning streak. The Patriots found themselves on the road, in Denver, to play the Broncos in Week 4 of the young season. The Patriots open the game on offense and executed a 13 play drive that consumed 9:13, but that stalled out on the Denver 11-yard line. They called on Patriots Hall of Fame kicker Gino Cappelletti to boot a field goal for a 3-0 lead. Cappelletti staked Boston to a 6-0 lead with a 30-yard field goal on its next possession. A chip-shot field goal by The Duke made it 9-0 and a 47-yard Cappelletti field goal increased the Patriots lead to 12-0 while Cappelletti also scored his 500th AFL point. The Patriots finally found pay-dirt before the first half ended when Ron Burton’s touchdown and a Cappelletti extra point made it 19-0 at the break.

The second half saw more of the Cappelletti Show. He converted two more field goals to finish the game with a Patriots single-game record six total field goals made. Cappelletti’s record performance led the Patriots to a 39-10 win over the Denver Broncos.

WEEK 3

The Patriots kickstarted their journey to Super Bowl XXXVI with their first win of the season over the Indianapolis Colts. In his first career start, Tom Brady, along with a Herculean defensive effort, led the Patriots to a 44-13 win over the rival Colts. This was the first of an eventual 17 Brady vs. Manning head-to-head matchups. The Patriots, however, didn’t need any Brady magic to secure his first career win. Running backs Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk rushed for three touchdowns combined, Adam Vinatieri booted a pair of field goals while cornerbacks Ty Law and Otis Smith each returned interceptions for touchdowns. The Patriots were 1-2 and few imagined they would finish the season as Super Bowl champions.

WEEK 2

The Patriots secured a Week 2 divisional win against the New York Jets on a rainy Thursday night matchup at Gillette Stadium. After a Tom Brady-to-Aaron Dobson touchdown and two Stephen Gostkowski field goals, the Patriots took a 13-3 lead into the half. During that intermission, The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies honored Tedy Bruschi for his recent induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame. The fans kept celebrating in the second half as the Patriots defense took control with three fourth quarter interceptions, including 2 by cornerback Aqib Talib to help the Patriots hold on to a 13-10 win.

WEEK 1


In a thrilling Monday night home opener in 2009, Tom Brady guided a dramatic comeback in a 25-24 divisional win over the Buffalo Bills. A Fred Taylor second quarter touchdown, and a Stephen Gostkowski field goal as time expired in the first half cut a surprising Patriots deficit to four at 14-10. Fast forward to the fourth quarter with just more than five minutes left in the game and the Patriots trailing, 24-13. Brady led an 11-play march that ended in an 18-yard touchdown strike to tight end Ben Watson to make it 24-19 with 2:06 to go. On the ensuing kickoff, Leodis McKelvin made the ill-advised to decision to take it out of the end zone only to fumble at the Buffalo 31 with Gostkowski recovering for New England. Brady and Watson then connected yet again for a 16-yard touchdown with just 50 seconds remaining for the go-ahead score, giving the Patriots a 25-24 Week 1 victory.