Today In Patriots History – August 13th 1967. The Patriots got their first taste of NFL play in a preseason game against the Baltimore Colts. From Patriots.com:
Patriots played the Baltimore Colts of the NFL in a preseason game. It was the first time the Patriots had played an NFL team. The Patriots lost the game 33-3.
So that didn’t go so well. But it was a bit of a mismatch, the 1967 Baltimore Colts went 11-1-2 in the NFL that season, while the 1967 Boston Patriots went 3-10-1 in the AFL that campaign. 37-year-old Babe Parilli was the QB that season, throwing 19 TD’s and 24 INT’s. It was his last season with the Patriots as he jumped to the New York Jets the next season and scored a Super Bowl ring (beating the Colts) as Joe Namath’s backup.