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Renfroe shows off cannon, throws out runner at third from center field (0:52)
Tatum absorbs contact from Dean Wade for the and-1 (0:32)
Union and Revs both score late to split the points (1:10)
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Aaron Nesmith throws down emphatic breakaway slam (0:17)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Patriots are the only team in the league that will face three teams coming off a bye. They have the worst net rest differential compared to their opponents in the league at -15 days.

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Walker, Smart out for short-handed C's vs. Cavs

Already missing All-Star forward Jaylen Brown because of a serious wrist injury, the Celtics also will be without Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart when they play the reeling Cavaliers on Wednesday night in a game with playoff implications.

Kevin Garnett's iconic career, in his own words (3:10)
From 'The Big Ticket' to 'KG': Check out the Hall of Fame career of Kevin Garnett (3:08)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the NFL announcing this year's London games -- Jets-Falcons and Dolphins-Jaguars -- it highlights that the Patriots won't be playing in London in 2021. So lock it in, the Patriots-Falcons game will be played in Atlanta. The last time the Patriots visited the Falcons in Atlanta was Sept. 29, 2013 -- in a 30-23 win at the Georgia Dome. The Patriots' performance was highlighted by a 47-yard TD run by LeGarrette Blount and included DT Vince Wilfork sustaining an Achilles injury.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots open the 2021 regular season at home against the Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on CBS. The announcement of the opener was first made by the "CBS This Morning" program, which previewed the full schedule release tonight (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET). This marks the second straight year the Patriots open the season at home against the Dolphins, having beaten them 21-11 last year.