While Thursday nights outcome wasn’t what Patriots fans had hoped for, the opening night pregame ceremony was still a sight to behold as it finally closed the book on the teams 2016 championship season.
Some of the best sights and sounds from the pregame atmosphere can be seen below, beginning with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s brief appearance on the field, and the crowd response.
“Operation Clown Face” dubbed Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy appeared to be a complete success as the clown towels could be seen all around the lower bowl near Goodell.
In an interview with WBZ TV’s Steve Burton following his appearance on field, Goodell was quoted saying ““These fans are passionate, they’re loyal, they love the game and I totally get their reaction, so it’s fun to be here and it’s the kickoff to the season.”
As Goodell walked off, Brady took the field, neither interacted.
As for the moment everyone was waiting for, the banner ceremony kicked off with a performance from “Flo Rida” and actor Mark Wahlberg on the microphone introducing Patriots alumni and a current Patriot from five massive on field Lombardi trophies, accompanied by banners.
Kevin Faulk, Matt Light, Deion Branch, and Julian Edelman all taking the field with the hardware beside team owner Robert Kraft.
The ceremony also contained references to the Super Bowl score pre-comeback all throughout Gillette Stadium.
Banner number five revealed.
With the banner officially raised, the New England Patriots can finally fulfill head coach Bill Belichick’s long standing wishes, who continues to be sick of people living in the past during his post game press conference following the disappointing 42-17 loss that put a damper on the festivities.
We’re onto New Orleans.