NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A couple of former New England Patriots, Antonio Brown and Tom Brady, celebrate one of Brown’s touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Patriots are on to the 2021 season.

There, they will find a series of intriguing opponents, an old friend and an extra game.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will visit Gillette Stadium next season, the first year the NFL is expected to implement a 17-game schedule. According to the NFL Network, the league will not announce the move until it finishes negotiating new media contracts, which could take months. The 17th game will be an interconference matchup based on divisional standings from the preceding season.

According to The MMQB's Albert Breer, AFC East teams will play NFC East teams in the 2021 interconference crossover games, meaning the third-place Patriots will host or travel to play the Cowboys. Late Sunday night, the Pats secured a rematch with the third-place Chargers in Los Angeles and a visit from the Browns, who finished third in the AFC North.

In addition to their those teams and their divisional opponents, the Patriots will play every team in the AFC South and NFC South next season. The NFL is not expected to release its 2021 schedule until late spring.

The Pats' complete list of 2021 opponents is below.


Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Cleveland Browns

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets


Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Los Angeles Chargers

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets


Dallas Cowboys