Getting ready for the game
The Patriots and Chiefs kick off the NFL season tonight at Gillette Stadium. The game begins at 8:30 p.m.
- Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. with Michael Felger, ex-Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, The MMQB.com's Bert Breer, ex-Patriots center Dan Koppen and sports medicine specialist Dr. Jessica Flynn at the Renaissance Patriot Place; Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi at Gillette Stadium, and DJ Bean in Burlington.
- As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live with Felger, Giardi, Curran, Perry and Bean.
- When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live with Felger, Breer, Koppen, Weis, Flynn and ex-Patriots receiver Troy Brown at the Renaissance Patriot Place; Curran, Perry and Giardi at Gillette, and Bean in Burlington.
Tune into CSN to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all CSN programming).
Here's what you need to know about the game . . .
WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH (OR LISTEN)
GAME TIME: 8:30 p.m. EDT
SITE: Gillette Stadium
PRESEASON RECORDS: Patriots 1-3, Chiefs 2-2
ON TV: NBC
TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya
ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network
LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak
ON NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One
NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli
FACTS AND FIGURES
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Texans/Chiefs lead series, 17-14-3 (postseason included). NOTE: Chiefs franchise was located in Dallas and known as the Dallas Texans from 1960-62.
LAST MEETING: Patriots 27, Chiefs 20 on Jan. 16, 2016 in AFC semifinals at Gillette Stadium
GRAND OPENINGS: The Patriots are 3-0 when playing the annual NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Game as defending Super Bowl champions. They defeated the Colts, 27-24, on Sept. 9, 2004; the Raiders, 30-20, on Sept. 8, 2005, and the Steelers, 28-21, on Sept. 10, 2015.
IN ADDITION . . . The Patriots defeated the Steelers, 30-14, on Sept. 9, 2002 -- the first game ever played at Gillette Stadium -- in their first appearance as defending Super Bowl champion, making them 4-0 in openers as defending champs. That was the first year of the NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Game, but the previous year's Super Bowl champ didn't begin hosting that game until 2004.
OPENING NIGHT NOTES
FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Patriots are 2-1 against the Chiefs in season-opening games.
BAD MEMORY: In the last of those three meetings, a 17-10 Patriots victory on Sept. 7, 2008, Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury.
ON A ROLL I: The Patriots are 14-1 in home openers at Gillette Stadium. Their only loss came in 2012, 20-18 to the Cardinals.
ON A ROLL II: In season-opening games since 2002, the Patriots are 13-2. Their only losses: 31-0 to the Bills in Buffalo on Sept. 7, 2003, and 33-20 to the Dolphins in Miami on Sept. 7, 2014. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl in both those seasons.
OVERALL: The Patriots are 32-25 in season-opening games . . . Tom Brady is 12-2 (.857) on Opening Day, the best record of any QB in the Super Bowl era. Three others have .750 winning percentages: John Elway (12-4), Dan Fouts (9-3) and Peyton Manning (12-4).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
RECORD BREAKER: If Tom Brady plays tonight, he will set a NFL record for most seasons with one team (19) by any quarterback in NFL history. He is currently tied at 18 with the 49ers' John Brodie and the Dolphins' Dan Marino.
THREE TO GO: If Brady throws three or more touchdown passes with no interceptions tonight, he will set an NFL record for most such games (52) in NFL history. He is currently tied at 51 with Peyton Manning.