With the New England Patriots dropping their 2021-2022 full season schedule yesterday, there is one game all of New England will probably fight to try and be at Gillette Stadium at -- a game that, according to WCVB Channel 5 Boston, is being considered one of the biggest regular-season games in NFL history.

It all goes down Week 4 on Sunday night, October 3 -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski make their return to Gillette Stadium when the New England Patriots host the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No doubt there will be lots of sick days taken or super sluggish employees that following Monday morning.

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Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

It feels like it's been way longer, but it's only been about 16 months since Tom Brady played his last game at Gillette Stadium, a Wild Card 20-13 loss against the Tennessee Titans while he was still with the New England Patriots on January 4, 2020.

Gronk's last game at Gillette Stadium was almost a full year before that, an AFC Championship win against the visiting San Diego Chargers on January 13, 2019. The Patriots would go on to beat the L.A. Rams in the Super Bowl 2 weeks later, before Gronk retired (and then un-retired to play with the Bucs last year and win another Super Bowl.)

Here's the big question, though -- what will happen when Brady and Gronk return to Gillette on that Sunday night? Will they be cheered? Will they be booed? Will it be a mixed reaction? And how will THEY react to being at the field and in the area of the country they called and considered home for so long?

We'll find out in 5 short months, on Sunday night, October 3! (Can we all agree that Monday, October 4 should be a day off for everyone?)

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