(SL) – The 2017 season kicks off on Thursday, September 7 (8:30 PM ET, NBC) when the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in a battle of 2016 AFC playoff teams.
The Chiefs and Patriots meet for the 35th time in series history – including a 2015 AFC Divisional contest (New England, 27-20) – with Kansas City holding a 17-14-3 advantage. The Patriots have won their past eight home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and 12 of their past 13 overall in Week 1. The Patriots have one the last 2 out of 3.
New England QB TOM BRADY passed for 28 touchdowns with two interceptions last year and led the NFL with a 14.0 touchdown/interception ratio, the highest single-season ratio in league history.
Kansas City opened the 2016 season by overcoming a 21-point second-half deficit to defeat the Chargers 33-27 in overtime on Kickoff Weekend. Chiefs TE TRAVIS KELCE led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 85 catches in 2016.
SL) – Tom Brady’s mom has been battling an undisclosed type of cancer for 18 months; but it’s been revealed that she is undergoing chemo and radiation treatments.
Galynn Brady hasn’t been able to attend any games this season and his dad had only been to one. They both made it to #SuperBowlLI making the victory extra special for the five time Super Bowl champ.
Before the game began, Patriots owner Robert Kraft had a talk with the now-MVP.
“I spoke to him in the locker room before the game, and I said, we’ve got to win this one from your mom,” Kraft told reporters after the team’s come-from-behind victory. “I know how important his mom is, and she’s been going through chemotherapy and radiation, and this is the first game she’s come to. She came here.”
No matter what the outcome, Tom had already dedicated the game to his mother and her presence was enough to push Tom to get down and dirty even after being sacked over 14 times, to keep fighting and turn the game around. Post game Brady said, “She’s my everything,” Brady told Westwood One’s Jim Gray in a post-game interview. “I just love her so much.”
I’m sure his mom would say…Ditto Kid!