Morning sports update: Here’s the 2021 NFL Week 1 schedule, including the Patriots’ matchup

A report has also emerged about when the Patriots might host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.

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Cam Newton during a Patriots-Dolphins game in the 2020 season. AP Photo/Doug Murray

The Celtics lost to the Heat on Tuesday, 129-121. The loss all but ensures Boston will have to play in the NBA’s postseason play-in tournament.

Also on Tuesday, the Bruins lost the regular season finale to the Capitals, 2-1. Boston will face Washington in the first round of the NHL playoffs, starting with Game 1 on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

And the Red Sox dropped the opener of a three-game series against the Athletics, 3-2.

Tonight, the Revolution visit Philadelphia for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against the Union.

The Patriots’ 2021 schedule: While the full NFL schedule for the 2021 season won’t be released until Wednesday night at 8 p.m., the full slate of Week 1 games is already out.

The Patriots host the Dolphins at 4:25 p.m. on Sept. 12 to begin the season.

Here’s a look at the full schedule for the Sunday games that week:

  • Steelers at Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • Jets at Panthers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • Jaguars at Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • Cardinals at Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • Chargers at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)
  • Eagles at Falcons, 1 p.m. (Fox)
  • Seahawks at Colts, 1 p.m. (Fox)
  • Vikings at Bengals, 1 p.m. (Fox)
  • 49ers at Lions, 1 p.m. (Fox)
  • Browns at Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
  • Dolphins at Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
  • Broncos at Giants, 4:25 p.m.(Fox)
  • Packers at Saints, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
  • Bears at Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Additionally, the Ravens visit the Raiders on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m (on ESPN).

As for the schedule beyond that, all eyes are on one particular Patriots matchup: Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough. According to Bleacher Report, the Buccaneers will be in New England for a Week 4 game:

Trivia: The Patriots will open the 2021 season against the Dolphins on Sept. 12. Exactly 10 years before, the same matchup opened the 2011 season for both teams. New England won, 38-24, but who was the quarterback that day for Miami?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Michigan.

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