Getting ready for the game
The Patriots travel to New Orleans today to play the Saints. The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT.
- Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 11 a.m. with Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown and Phil Perry in Burlington, and Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Rob Ninkovich in New Orleans.
- As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
- When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.
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: 1 p.m. EDT
SITE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 0-1, Saints 0-1
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
ON NATIONAL RADIO: Sports USA
NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn, John Robinson
FACTS AND FIGURES
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 9-4
LAST MEETING: Patriots 30, Saints 27 on Oct. 13, 2013 at Gillette Stadium
SUPER SITE: The Patriots have played three Super Bowls at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They lost the first two -- 46-10 to the Bears in January 1986 and 35-21 to the Packers in January 1997 -- but won their first title, 20-17 over the Rams, there in February 2002.
LOOKING TO CONTINUE PERFECTION: The Patriots were 8-0 on the road in 2016, the second time in franchise history they went undefeated on the road in the regular season. They were also 8-0 in 2007.
NATIONAL POWER: Since NFL realignment in 2002, the Patriots are 48-12 (.800) against NFC teams in the regular season.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
THREE TO GO: If Tom Brady throws three or more touchdown passes with no interceptions today, he will set an NFL record for most such games (52) in NFL history. He is currently tied at 51 with Peyton Manning.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: If the Patriots lose today, they will start a season 0-2 for the first time since 2001.
RARITIES: Since 2003, the Patriots have lost back-to-back games five times -- in 2006, '09, '11, '12 and '15.
BOUNCEBACK SPECIALISTS: Since 2003, the Patriots are 42-6 (.875) in regular-season games after a loss.
BOUNCEBACK SPECIALIST: In his career, Brady is 42-10 (.808) in regular-season games after a loss.
And furthermore . . .
CHRIS HOGAN IN THE SLOT? 'I have to see what Tom sees.' (Mike Giardi)
HOW TO BEAT DREW BREES: Devin McCourty says Pats need to improve communication on defense (Phil Perry)
FRIDAY BAG: Answering your questions for the week, including how the Pats can tighten up their defense. (Perry, Giardi and Tom E. Curran)
TODAY'S OFFICIATING CREW
Referee: Craig Wrolstad. Umpire: Barry Anderson. Down judge: Mark Hittner. Line judge: Julian Mapp. Field judge: Steve Zimmer. Side judge: Jeff Lamberth. Back judge: Lee Dyer. Relay official: Larry Nemmers.