The Patriots will be wearing replicas of their 1963 uniforms -- and the helmets with old Pat Patriot -- when they open the season on Sept. 14 against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium.
The "Monday Night Football" opener has been dubbed a legacy game by the NFL, which is commemorating the 50th anniversary season of the American Football League. The Patriots were one of the eight original AFL franchises that began play in 1960.
Robert Kraft (Courtesy Photo)
Both the Patriots and Bills will be wearing throwback jerseys for the game, as Buffalo will wear replicas of its 1965 uniforms. Then in the "Monday Night" nightcap of an old AFL doubleheader both the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers will also wear throwback uniforms.
In a release the Patriots said that they will have three games this season where they will wear throwback jerseys designed as replicas of what the '63 team, which advanced to the AFL title game, wore.
All those games will be against other original AFL members, which also include the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs (Dallas Texans), New York Jets (New York Titans) and Tennessee Titans (Houston Oilers).
Original AFL members on the Patriots' schedule for 2009 are the Jets (home and away), the Bills (home and away), Denver (away) and Tennessee (home).