Tom Brady is a free man: 4 reasons why New England Patriots fans are ecstatic

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3. Brady will be starting his 14th consecutive opener

When the initial news broke back in May that Brady would be suspended for the first four games of 2015, one of the real bummers was that his jaw-dropping streak of opening day starts would come to end. Well, that is no longer the case.

Come Thursday night, Brady will lead the troops onto the field in Week 1 for the 14th straight season. Although Brady’s 2008 season was wiped out due to Bernard Pollard falling on his left knee, he still started that opener against Kansas City, so the streak was kept alive. Here’s a rundown of Brady’s 13 straight Week 1 starts.

2002       vs. Steelers         W 30-14

2003       @ Bills                   L 0-31

2004       vs. Colts               W 27-24

2005       vs. Raiders          W 30-20

2006       vs. Bills                  W 19-17

2007       @ Jets                   W 38-14

2008       vs. Chiefs             W 17-10

2009       vs. Bills                  W 25-24

2010       vs. Bengals          W 38-24

2011       @ Dolphins         W 38-24

2012       @ Titans               W 34-13

2013       @ Bills                   W 23-21

2014       @ Dolphins         L 20-33

You’ll see that Brady has lost two openers, in 2003 and 2014. Keep in mind that in both of those seasons, Brady would go on to win a Super Bowl. So don’t fret if he does falter against the Steelers on Thursday night.

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