New England Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills, 25-24

Late Brady TDs produce win in throwback opener

FOXBOROUGH - Safety Brandon Meriweather was thinking what a national television audience watching “Monday Night Football’’ and the 68,756 fans inside Gillette Stadium were thinking most of the night: When are the Patriots going to start playing?

It took nearly four quarters for the Patriots and Tom Brady to put it together last night, but the result was a memorable 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills, who ended up being foi...

FOXBOROUGH - It was as if he never left.

Tom Brady last night threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:06 to rally the Boston Patriots from an 11-point deficit for a 25-24 opening night win at the Razor.

Knee? No problem. Shoulder? No problem. Brady completed 39 of 53 passes for 378 yards. In the second half he was 26 of 31. On the final drive, he was 3 for 3, needing only 66 seconds to take the Patriots into the end zone and the victory column. It was the best come...

FOXBOROUGH - I lost my bet. I said we would get the Great Stone Face, and only the Great Stone Face.

“That was an exciting game,’’ declared Bill Belichick, temporarily flashing that Mona Lisa grin of his. It wasn’t exactly Ed McMahon guffawing at Johnny Carson, but for Coach Bill, for whom football games are solemn affairs, it was pretty good.

And why not? What we had just seen was a dramatic way to inaugurate the second half-century of Boston/New England Patriots fo...