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Patriots extend home winning streak to 17 games with Week 1 victory over Steelers

Patriots extend home winning streak to 17 games with Week 1 victory over Steelers

There's no place like home. 

The Patriots extended their winning streak at Gillette Stadium to 17 games with their Week 1 victory over the Steelers Sunday night. 

This streak goes all the way back to October 1, 2017, when the Patriots lost at home to the Panthers 33-30. Tom Brady threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but the New England defense struggled to stop Cam Newton from moving the ball at will. 

The loss put the Patriots at 2-2 on the year, which didn't make much of a difference since they made it to Super Bowl 52 anyway. 

Protecting home field is a characteristic of every great team no matter the sport, and the Patriots have consistently been incredibly hard to beat in Foxboro under Bill Belichick. 

The biggest advantage comes in the postseason. When you're automatically winning half your games, you have a good shot at a top-two seed in the postseason. And when you've been unstoppable at home all year long, you're more likely to make a deep run into the conference championship game. 

Considering the Patriots have made it to the last three Super Bowls and eight AFC title games, there's no doubt their dominance at home has something to do with it. 

The Patriots' next three home games are Week 3 against the Jets, Week 6 against the Giants and Week 8 against the Browns, so there's a good chance this streak hits the 20-game mark. 

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Relive Patriots raising first banner in first game at Gillette Stadium

Relive Patriots raising first banner in first game at Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots will raise banner No. 6 before taking the field vs. the Steelers on Sunday night. They had a similar night at Gillette Stadium 17 years ago.

On Sept. 9. 2002, the Pats celebrated their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history -- a thrilling 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The ceremony took place before the first-ever game played at Gillette which came against, you guessed it, the Steelers.

Relive the unforgettable night below:

New England followed the celebration with a 30-14 win over Pittsburgh, but would finish 9-7 on the year and miss the playoffs. The five championships since then have made up for that down season.

The Patriots will kick off their quest for banner No. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For a look back at all of the Patriots' banner night season-openers, go here.

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Patriots players recall memories of their first game at Gillette Stadium

Patriots players recall memories of their first game at Gillette Stadium

As the Patriots prepare for their first game of the season at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a few players took a trip down memory lane to recall their first game in Foxboro.

Jason McCourty, James Develin, Brandon Bolden, and Phillip Dorsett each relived their Patriots debuts and described the "different" feeling of playing at Gillette. McCourty, who joined his brother Devin on the Pats last year, also recalled his first memory of Foxboro when he was a rookie with the Tennessee Titans.

"The vivid memory in pregame was Tom Brady came out the locker room and they started playing Jay-Z," McCourty said. "And it came out 'allow me to reintroduce myself,' and Tom just comes sprinting down the sideline. So for me as a rookie, it was just like 'yo, that's Tom Brady.'"

Develin and Bolden said their first time coming out the tunnel in a Patriots uniform was their most vivid memory, though Bolden was more worried about not tripping than anything else.

Dorsett described the Gillette Stadium crowd as "out of control" and a "huge home-field advantage."

Watch the full video below:

The Patriots will get to make more memories at Gillette when they take the field for Sunday night's anticipated season opener vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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