FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – Following a Week 2 win in Pittsburgh, the Patriots came back home for the first time this regular season hosting the 1-1 Baltimore Ravens.

Fans poured into the parking lot to tailgate with friends, family, fellow patriots fans, and the occasional rival a Ravens fan.

Sundays game was the first of 8 regular season home games for New England, all of which is creating excitement with NFL football back in action.

Gillette Stadium was sold out with over 65,000 fans, most of whom were Patriots fans, travelling from all over looking for a win and a thrilling atmosphere inside and out of the stadium.

“Opportunity to tailgate, get over to Patriot Place, and then getting to the game, there’s nothing better to do on a Sunday,” said Jason Jennings of New Hampshire.

This week 3 matchup against the Ravens marks the first of only 8 regular season home games this season, making each and every one of them that much more important to Patriots fans.

Bryan Melzard came all the way from Florida to enjoy Sunday’s match-up, and the good vibes that came along with it.

“It’s a great vibe, its always so much fun,” Melzard said. “Everybody out here is always so nice, you can walk over to any of these people and be like, ‘Hey wanna drink, play a game, hamburger, here ya go’. But yeah, the vibe inside is always amazing.”

The Patriots play next Sunday in Green Bay against the Packers. Their next home game will be at Gillette Stadium on October 9 when they host the Detroit Lions.