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Patriots head south of the border in search of a record

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Patriots head south of the border in search of a record

The Patriots play the Raiders this afternoon at Esatadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game begins at 4:25 p.m.

  • Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m. with Michael Felger, Tom E. Curran, Phl Perry, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown, Dr. Jessica Flynn and DJ Bean.
  • As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
  • When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all NBC Sports Boston programming).

Here's what you need to know about the game . . .

GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. 

SITE: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 7-2, Raiders 4-5

ON TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 18-16

LAST MEETING: Patriots 16, Raiders 9 on Sept. 21, 2014 at Gillette Stadium

BACK FOR THIRDS I: The Patriots-Raiders game will be the 30th regular-season NFL game played outside of the U.S. The first was in Mexico City in 2005, when the Cardinals hosted the 49ers. Prior to today, one other game was also played in Mexico City, a Raiders victory over the Texans last year. Prior to today there have been 21 games in London, two in Mexico City and six in Toronto.

BACK FOR THIRDS II: This will the Patriots' third international regular-season game; the previous two were in London. They beat the Bucs, 35-7, on Oct. 25, 2009, and beat the Rams, 45-7, on Oct. 28, 2012. Both games were played at Wembley Stadium.

WORLD TRAVELERS: The Pats have played four international preseason games, including one in Mexico City:

-- Lost to the Lions, 22-9, in Montreal in 1969
-- Lost to the Steelers, 30-14, in Montreal in 1990
-- Lost to the Browns (then coached by Bill Belichick), 12-9, in Toronto in 1993
-- Beat the Cowboys, 21-3, in Mexico City in 1998

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- The Patriots can set a franchise record for consecutive road wins with a victory. They are riding a 12-game road winning streak, which tied the team record set from 2006-08. That total is second-best in NFL history, behind the 49ers' 18 road wins in a row from 1988-90.

-- If Stephen Gostkowski scores eight points today, he will move into the top 20 in NFL history in points scored.

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

Julian Edelman is grinding.

The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.

Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.

"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."

Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

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Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.

In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.

James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.

“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”

James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.

But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.