Iconic image of Patriots' outrageous receiving corps was taken on this day in 2019

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

On September 15, 2019, the New England Patriots were set to face off against their bitter divisional rival, the Miami Dolphins, on the away team's home turf.

It has historically been one of the Patriots' most challenging games on their calendars every year. But fans felt more confident that day because of the incredible changes made to the roster leading up to it.

Generally, having Tom Brady as your quarterback, there's little to be concerned about when thinking about his performance and not allowing a game to get out of hand. But the receiving corps he had been given to work with this season was short of exciting.

That changed when it was announced that a recent free agent, who worked his way out of his contract with the Raiders, was being signed to a one-year deal. Antonio Brown had made it clear he wanted to play with Brady since departing the Steelers, and Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft made it happen unexpectedly.

The presence of the seven-time Pro Bowler instantly made the offense better. He joined the likes of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Benjamin Watson, creating the much-needed stout receiving corps for the season ahead.

The game began far better than expected, given they were playing in Miami. Brown scored the team's second touchdown of the day, a 20-yard pass from Brady to lead the game 13-0 going into halftime. He finished the game recording four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, becoming the leading receiver in the Patriots domination on the road.

It has become one of the more iconic games during Brady's time in New England. Not just because they blew out the Dolphins 43-0 in Miami, but because of an image from the game that fans still talk about to this day.

The picture of the Patriots' offense on the bench is hard to believe was ever actually real.

Tom Brady really had Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon to work with for just one game and the idea of what could've been is difficult to forget about.

It's an image that will forever be part of Patriots lore, a memory that fans will talk about for many more years and continue to wonder how differently Brady's last season in New England could have looked at it all worked out with Brown and Gordon.