With an announcement earlier this summer that the Patriots would bring back the throwback red uniforms, the time is finally upon us. Yesterday, the team announced that they will in fact be wearing the uniforms this weekend against the Detroit Lions. The team held a contest for fans to vote earlier this summer for when the team would wear them. With the return of the old school Pat Patriot logo I thought it would be fun to go through the history of the red jerseys.
Reds are here. pic.twitter.com/J7JltI6Dh6
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 5, 2022
Team History When Wearing The Alternates
Since the Patriots changed their primary jerseys to the royal blues of the 90’s, the navy and silver of the 2000’s and 2010’s, and now the former color rush uniforms the team is 9-3 in games when they wear the red’s. In 2013 the NFL implemented a rule change that disallowed teams from using different colored helmets because of the concussion epidemic football was facing. The thought was that helmets that were broken in were safer to play in than new helmets for different uniforms. The Patriots were actually one of the teams that led the charge to change the rule this season.
Patriots 2-0 In Red Against Detroit
This will be the third time in which the Patriots will face the Lions in the red uniforms. The two prior times were both on Thanksgiving in 2002 as well as 2010. The Patriots won both games 20-12 and 45-24 respectively. The Patriots also wore these uniforms in the 2009 season opener. This was Tom Brady’s first game back after tearing his ACL in the season opener the year prior. New England would go on to beat Buffalo in that game 25-24 when Brady would throw two touchdown passes in the final 1:17 of the game. Both receptions were caught by tight end Ben Watson.
Patriots Wore Red In Largest Win In NFL History
By far the most legendary and nostalgic game that Patriots remember is week 6 of the 2009 season. In a mid October blizzard in Foxboro the Patriots would set a record for largest win in NFL history. During the 59-0 dismantling of the Tennessee Titans, Tom Brady would throw for 380 yard and six touchdowns. Randy Moss and Wes Welker would both be well over a hundred yards and caught a couple of touchdowns each. Hopefully the Patriots can keep to their dominant ways while wearing the red uniforms this Sunday.
Stay tuned later this week for a breakdown of this weeks matchup against Detroit
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