National Football League fans have had Sunday, Oct. 3 marked on calendars since the day the 2021 schedule was unveiled.

Because that day will be remembered for what could be the most significant regular-season game in the 100-year history of the league when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel from Florida to face the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady, who 20 years ago took over as New England’s star quarterback and led the Patriots to six Super Bowl championships, returns to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. for the first time as a visiting player.

Tom Brady, who one year ago took over as Tampa Bay’s star quarterback and led the Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl championship in team history, attempts to defeat the lone team in the NFL he has never beaten.

And Brady, who has led his teams to 10 Super Bowls and seven titles, will enter One Patriot Place and attempt to outduel former coach Bill Belichick.

The Bucs, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in last year’s Super Bowl, are 2-1, while the Patriots, who missed the playoffs in 2020, are 1-2.

And, if you were able to nab a ticket to the game, we in the MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports department would like to hear about your experience.

What was the experience and atmosphere like? Did you root for the Patriots, or for Tom Brady, and why? As a longtime Patriot fan, what were your emotions throughout the game rooting against a player who for nearly two decades brought you such joy?

We would love to see and publish your reactions, photos and videos.

To share your experience from this once-in-a-lifetime game, reach out to Mark Haskell, associate sports director, at