FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots host the Chargers in the 2011 home-opener (CBS, 4:15 p.m.):
Weather conditions. It is a glorious day for football here in New England, with temperatures expected to be around 63 degrees at kickoff, according to Weather.com. The sun is shining, there is a low chance of precipitation, as this is a mid-September New England treat.
Anderson gets the call. Walt Anderson is today's referee.
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Today's Gameday program.Scouts in the house. The Chiefs, Raiders and Bills are scheduled to have scouts on hand today. The Patriots visit the Bills next Sunday, while the Chargers host the Chiefs.
TV information. The game will be broadcast on CBS, with Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (analysis) on the call.
National anthem/color guard. Today's national anthem will be performed by Travis Clark from the band "We The Kings." The color guard is the USS Constitution Honor Guard.
70,000 "MHK" pins to be distributed. Prior to the game, more than 70,000 lapel pins with Myra Kraft's initials (MHK) will be distributed to fans as they enter the stadium, giving fans an opportunity to join Patriots players and staff in honoring her memory. The team has dedicated its 2011 season to Myra Kraft and committed to wearing an "MHK" patch on the chest of every player and on the sleeve of every coach for every game this season.
GameDay program. Patriots Hall of Fame inductees Drew Bledsoe and Jon Morris are on the cover of the GameDay magazine being sold at the stadium today.