New England Patriots


1st AFC East (14-2-0)

Founded: 1960

Stadium: Gillette Stadium

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  • AFC Championship Game primer: Steelers-Patriots

    The Steelers and Patriots meet up in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday -- a game that has an Ali-Frazier type quality to it. Chris Wesseling tells you all you need to know about this matchup.
  • Brady graduates from Seabass' School of German

    Tom Brady has graduated from Seabass' School of Football, where he learns how to speak German from Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.
  • Harrison is 'a beast'

    The Patriots have a lot of respect for ageless Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Pats tight end Martellus Bennett called him a "beast." Julian Edelman had even more praise for Harrison.
  • AFC Championship: Evil Empire vs. Rebel Alliance?

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is having a little fun three days away from Championship Sunday. The irony of the artwork shouldn't be lost on anyone outside Western Pennsylvania.
  • Remember when Putin stole Kraft's ring?

    Given the current state of world affairs, perhaps we should revisit the time Russian president Vladimir Putin stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring.
  • Hightower: Discipline vital to stopping Bell

    New England kept Le'Veon Bell one yard short of his regular season yards per carry total in their first meeting, but with Big Ben in the lineup this time around, can the Pats contain the tailback?
  • Can Tom Brady speak German? He can try

    Tom Brady might be a touchdown ace, but can he cobble together a sentence in German? Patriots teammate Sebastian Vollmer tries to teach the quarterback something new.
  • Patriots look out of sorts in imperfect victory

    The Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship Game by topping the Texans on Saturday, but it definitely wasn't pretty. Judy Battista examines the mood in Foxborough after the lackluster win.
  • Lewis enjoys record-setting night vs. Texans

    Welcome back, Dion Lewis. Watch him as he ruins Texans special teams coach Larry Izzo's entire year with a 98-yard kickoff return. But he didn't stop there.
  • Malcolm Jenkins: I'd rather play against Brady than Rodgers

    Tom Brady is No. 1 on a lot of all-time playoff record lists. Most wins. Most yards. Most touchdowns. Yet Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins would most fear playing Aaron Rodgers than Brady in the playoffs.
  • Wilfork: Brady can have the avocado ice cream

    This could be the final ride for Vince Wilfork, who has hinted at retirement at the end of the 2016 season. The big man remains a key cog in the Texans' defense at age 35. How does he do it?
  • Texans' Bill O'Brien: Patriots will 'bury you' if too many mistakes

    Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien knows his team doesn't need to be perfect to beat the New England Patriots, but they have to be pretty close. Otherwise, he said, the Patriots will "bury you."
  • Tom Brady wasn't always an angel on his off days

    There's been a lot of Odell Beckham Jr. finger-wagging going on Monday, but don't expect Tom Brady to join the chorus. What he used to do on his off days.
  • Tom Brady has played two seasons of playoff games

    When Tom Brady takes the field on Saturday vs. the Texans, it will mark the 32nd postseason start. The 32 games are equivalent to two full regular-season campaigns, which, I mean, c'mon man.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 32 (32)  
Scoreboard more
Gillette Stadium - Wk 19 1 2 3 4 T
Houston Texans 3 10 0 3 16
New England Patriots 14 3 7 10 34
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
14 Mon, Dec 12 Baltimore 30-23   W
15 Sun, Dec 18 @ Denver 16-3   W
16 Sat, Dec 24 New York Jets 41-3   W
17 Sun, Jan 01 @ Miami 35-14   W
DIV Sat, Jan 14 Houston 34-16   W
CONF Sun, Jan 22 Pittsburgh 6:40 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Martellus Bennett (TE) Q - Knee
Dont'a Hightower (LB) Q - Knee
Jabaal Sheard (DE) Q - Knee
Danny Amendola (WR) Q - Ankle
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Tom Brady 38 18 287 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Dion Lewis 13 41 3.2 1
LeGarrette Blount 8 31 3.9 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Julian Edelman 8 137 17.1 0
Chris Hogan 4 95 23.8 0
Dion Lewis 2 23 11.5 1
James White 1 19 19 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
12/27 Woodrow Hamilton (DT) Practice Squad (practice squad).
12/21 Woodrow Hamilton (DT) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
12/15 Griff Whalen (WR) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
12/15 Michael Floyd (WR) Assigned via Waivers (assigned via waivers).
AFC East more
Team W L T Win %
New England 14 2 0 .875
Miami 10 6 0 .625
Buffalo 7 9 0 .438
New York Jets 5 11 0 .313

Head Coach more

Bill Belichick

Regular Season: 237-115

Postseason: 24-10

Experience: 21

Career record: 261-125

Pro Career: Bill Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. In 2007, he became the first NFL head coach to guide his team to a 16-0 regular season.

Belichick was hired by Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on Jan. 27, 2000 and has directed the Patriots to victories in Super Bowls XXXVI (2001), XXXVIII (2003) and XXXIX (2004).

In 2007, Coach Belichick earned NFL Coach of the Year honors as the Patriots became the fourth team in the league's 88-year history to complete an undefeated regular season and the first to achieve the feat since the NFL increased the number of regular-season games to 16 in 1978. Belichick joined Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas and Don Shula as the only head coaches to complete undefeated regular seasons. New England's 18 overall victories in 2007 tied the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1984 San Francisco 49ers for the most in league history. New England became the first team in NFL history and the first major American pro sports team since 1884 to open a season with 18 straight wins. The Patriots set all-time NFL records for points scored (589), touchdowns (75) and point differential (+315) in addition to numerous individual and team records. Of the Patriots' 22 starters in Super Bowl XLII, 21 were acquired since Belichick became head coach in 2000.

Belichick launched his career in 1975 as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts, then became an assistant special teams coach with Detroit (1976-77) and Denver (1978). In 1979, he joined the New York Giants to begin a 12-season stint. Belichick was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1991, becoming the youngest head coach in the NFL at age 37. By 1994, Belichick returned the Browns to the playoffs, finishing 11-5 and advancing to the second round, while allowing a league-low 204 total points. In 1996, Belichick joined New England and was a key contributor to the team's rebound from a 6-10 season in 1995 to an 11-5 season and the team's first division title in 10 years en route to the Patriots' appearance in Super Bowl XXXI. Belichick then spent three seasons with the Jets from 1997 to 1999, helping New York improve from a 1-15 season in 1996 to reach the AFC Championship Game in 1998.

Background: Belichick was a center/tight end at Wesleyan 1971-74.

Personal: Born April 16, 1952, Nashville.

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