- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the New England Patriots in Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season.
- It will be Tom Brady’s first game at Gillette Stadium wearing a different uniform.
- Brady played 20 seasons in New England before leaving for Tampa Bay last season and leading the Bucs to victory at Super Bowl LV.
After the NFL released its 2021 season schedule on Wednesday, the October 3 game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots was labeled as the biggest regular season game of the year.
If Brady leaves Gillette Stadium with a win, he will join Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks to have a win over all 32 NFL teams. More significantly, Brady could pass Drew Brees’ all-time passing mark in Week 4. Using his 2020 pace of 289.6 passing yards per game, he should have 1,158 yards after week 4, four more than the 1,154 he needs to pass Brees.
If you don’t agree that this is the biggest game of the year, try buying a ticket and you’ll find out why Tom Brady’s first game at Gillette Stadium not wearing a Patriots’ uniform is the most significant game of the NFL’s 2021 season.
Insane Ticket Prices
Cheapest seat I’m seeing on @Ticketmaster for Bucs at Patriots in Week 4 (single ticket) $1,150.
Most expensive single ticket: $12,000 (50 yard line). pic.twitter.com/XG1Lqjp1sZ
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) May 13, 2021
According to VividSeats, the Bucs vs Pats Week 4 game is the most in demand game of the 2021 NFL season with an average ticket price of $1,376. It’s also the only game in the Top 5 that’s not going to be played at the Allegiant Stadium. The Ravens’ visit to Las Vegas is second at $944 while the Chiefs’ trip to Sin City is third at $843. According to VividSeats the Eagles vs Raiders game is 4th at $653 and the Dolphins vs Raiders matchup is 5th at $603.
The cheapest prices are $1,150 at Ticketmaster, $1,150 at StubHub, $1,135 at Seatgeek, and $1,170 at Ticketcity. According to an article from BleacherReport, Sec.131, Row 1 costs $8,862 while ESPN also reported that Sec. 131, Row 18 or the seat at the 50-yard line costs $12,000 at TicketMaster.
The week 4 showdown between the defending Super Bowl champions Buccaneers and Patriots will be a prime time game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and has a scheduled kickoff of 8:20 PM ET in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Return to New England
— theScore (@theScore) May 13, 2021
Brady spent his first 20 NFL season with the Patriots and enjoyed unprecedented success in Foxborough. He led the team to six Super Bowl titles while winning three MVP awards, turning the Patriots into a dynasty like no other. But the 43-year old future Hall of Famer left the Patriots in March 2020 to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady not only ended Tampa Bay’s playoff drought but he led them to victory at Super Bowl LV.
The Patriots struggled in their first season without Brady. New England’s 11-year playoff streak ended. During those 11 seasons, New England also won the AFC division. Last year, they finished third in the division with a 7-9 record. It was also the first time since 2000, Brady’s first season, when New England finished with a record below the .500 mark.
Despite Brady’s decision to leave and the ensuing struggles of the Patriots, there seems to be no animosity between Brady and New England fans. In fact, Boston drew the 2nd highest television ratings in the country to watch their former quarterback win a record 7th Super Bowl ring. Because of this, Brady’s return to the house he built could be an emotional one, and perhaps one where he will be given the hero’s welcome he deserves.