Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Patriots' ticket theme: 20 years as one
(Disclaimer: We don't want to ruin the surprise for New England Patriots season-ticket holders who value the process of receiving their annual package that includes a new theme each year. So for those who haven't received tickets yet, and prefer a surprise, you should stop reading here.)
Some Patriots' season-ticket holders have received their annual package and the theme this year is "20 years as one" -- a reflection on some of the great moments from Robert Kraft and his family's 20 years of ownership.
Each ticket has a photo that captures some of the more meaningful moments of the past 20 years, with a tie-in to each regular-season opponent, and this is the rundown:
Preseason: Eagles -- Bill Belichick introduced as head coach (1/27/00).
Panthers -- Tom Brady drafted in the sixth round (4/16/00).
Regular season: Raiders -- Adam Vinatieri's "Snow Bowl" kick against Oakland in AFC Divisional Round (1/19/02).
Bengals -- Kevin Faulk scores a TD in a 35-28 win against Cincinnati to clinch a playoff spot (12/12/04).
Jets -- Ty Law (pictured, at right) returning INT 38 yards for a TD in 38-10 win against New York Jets; the first of Law's seven INTs returned for a TD (12/8/96).
Bears -- Tom Brady fakes out LB Brian Urlacher on a third-down scramble in a 17-13 win against Chicago (11/26/06).
Broncos -- Julian Edelman dives over the goal-line for a TD in Patriots' 34-31 comeback win against Denver (11/24/13).
Lions -- Corey Dillon scores 3 TDs as the Patriots overcome an 8-point fourth-quarter deficit to post a 28-21 win against Detroit (12/3/06).
Dolphins -- Fans throwing snow in the air during a 12-0 win over Miami after 16 inches of snow blanketed the region the morning of the game (12/7/03).
Bills -- David Givens goes up for a catch in a season-ending 31-0 win against Buffalo that avenges a 31-0 loss to the Bills in the season opener (12/27/03).