The intensity is apparent on Tom Brady’s face.
The intensity is apparent on Tom Brady’s face.
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STAN GROSSFELD

Taking a closer look at the Patriots opener — through a telephoto lens

Zooming in on players and fans at Gillette Stadium gives you a whole new perspective and appreciation.

Watching a Patriots game up close and personal with a long 800mm camera lens is better than a front-row seat.

The intensity of the players and fans is off the charts. The big lens allows details to be frozen and studied.

On the field during Sunday’s season opener against the Texans, Tom Brady seemed to be easily winning the battle against time, though there was a touch of gray on his scruffy face. As he gripped the ball, his fingers looked long, like Pedro Martinez’s. His legs were taped up like a racehorse’s, but he can kick them up over his helmet like a Radio City Rockette.

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Brady never panicked during the game, but on the rare occasion when he did get sacked, he watched the replay on the Jumbotron to see what went wrong.

Rob Gronkowski grimaced on the bench a lot and rarely talked. Hydration, even on a cool late-summer afternoon, was a constant.

There was no shortage of energy in the stands, either, as fans screamed (mostly encouragement) and reacted to each play. Their passion washed over the field in waves of cheers.

Here is a look:

Brady takes the field
Brady takes the field.
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Pliability helps with warmups.
Pliability helps with warmups.
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A fan with a headband . . .
A fan with a headband . . .
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. . . and one with more elaborate headgear.
. . . and one with more elaborate headgear.
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Coach Bill Belichick on his headset.
Coach Bill Belichick on his headset.
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Dreadlocks droop from the helmet of defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
Dreadlocks droop from the helmet of defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
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A fan came prepared with beads.
A fan came prepared with beads.
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Brady’s heavily taped legs.
Brady’s heavily taped legs.
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Fullback James Develin sweats it out.
Fullback James Develin sweats it out.
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A Gronk grimace.
A Gronk grimace.
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Pat Patriot mingles with fans.
Pat Patriot mingles with fans.
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Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
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A member of the “Militia.”
A member of the “Militia.”
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Brady gets a boost from center David Andrews after a TD pass.
Brady gets a boost from center David Andrews after a TD pass.
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Brady gets a grip.
Brady gets a grip.
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Gronk hydrates.
Gronk hydrates.
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A happy fan.
A happy fan.
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This fan disagreed with an official’s call.
This fan disagreed with an official’s call.
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Walking off with a win.
Walking off with a win.
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