FOXBORO -- Vince Wilfork didn't picture his return to Gillette Stadium going this way.
In his first trip back since he signed with the Texans before the 2015 season, he and his new team got shut out by the Patriots, 27-0.
"We came into Gillette Stadium and got smoked," Wilfork said. "We've got to regroup. They played a hell of a game. We've got to put this one behind us and move forward quick. It was a real surprise. What can you do? You've got to give them a lot of credit. They came ready to play and showed up and we didn't.
"We've got to get back to the drawing board. We've got Tennessee, a division game, coming up so we've got to get our head screwed on right."
Before things got off the rails for the Texans, just before the start of the first offensive drive for the Patriots, the hosts paid tribute to Wilfork's 11 years with the team with a video montage.
"I had 11 great years here," Wilfork said. "The fans, my teammates, the coaches, it was awesome, and I love my memories here. It just goes to show the mutual respect they have for me. I feel the same way towards them. I love them. This was home. For 11 years it was home. They drafted me, and for me to come back and show the respect they did, it shows what kind of organization they are."
It won't be Wilfork's last trip to Gillette Stadium if fans have anything to say about it. Patriots president Jonathan Kraft told 98.5 The Sports Hub that he expected it would be a foregone conclusion that Wilfork would be inducted to the Hall at Patriot Place at some point after his career comes to an end.