New England Patriots


1st AFC East (14-2-0)

Founded: 1960

Stadium: Gillette Stadium

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  • Dimitroff, Pioli channel Belichick in building Falcons' defense

    Ahead of the historic matchup, Atlanta's Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli praised how their old associate in Foxborough affected their decision-making and roster-building abilities.
  • Rowe trade again shows Belichick's player-evaluating genius

    Eric Rowe came up with a big turnover in the AFC Championship Game for the Patriots. Eagles GM Howie Roseman offered a new explanation on why he sent the cornerback to the Pats via a trade.
  • Brady: Pats 'brainwashed' by Belichick approach

    Last night the Patriots clinched their seventh Super Bowl trip since Belichick took the helm, Tom Brady discussed an overriding philosophy that gives more insight into how the Pats operate.
  • Matt Ryan playing like 2007 version of Tom Brady

    Falcons QB Matt Ryan will enter Super Bowl LI riding one of the hottest streaks in NFL history. How does his recent stretch compare to Tom Brady's magical 2007 season? Chris Wesseling explores.
  • Butler gets years-old wish to cover Julio Jones

    Malcolm Butler was a junior at the University of West Alabama in 2012 when he tweeted he wanted to cover Julio Jones. Four-plus years later, he'll get his chance in Super Bowl LI.
  • Belichick outcoaches Tomlin again

    Bill Belichick again showed why he should be considered one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. Gregg Rosenthal examines how the Patriots coach guided his squad to another Super Bowl.
  • No idea Falcons won?

    In a development that should surprise no one, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had no idea the Falcons had defeated the Packers prior to starting their conference championship game vs. the Steelers.
  • Tom Brady gets his dad on, quotes 'The Hangover'

    On Sunday, Tom Brady cut loose a little bit after New England's 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. He had a fun time populating his new Instagram page.
  • Deflategate comes full circle for Brady, Patriots

    One day after a certain Colts GM was fired, Tom Brady and the Patriots punched their ticket to another Super Bowl. Judy Battista writes that their return to glory is a story two years in the making.
  • Patriots shred Steelers, reach Super Bowl for a record ninth time

    The Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl, a record ninth trip. Tom Brady set a new playoff single-game high in passing yards as the Patriots dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17.
  • Hogan's explosion keys Pats' effort

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan had 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns -- matching Julio Jones' numbers from earlier in the day -- to help get the Patriots back to the Super Bowl.
  • Floyd healthy scratch for Patriots against Steelers

    Michael Floyd will not play for the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Floyd is a healthy scratch after a mistake-filled performance in last week's win over the Texans.
  • Martellus dealing with cracked bone in ankle

    The reason Martellus Bennett has been on the injury report with an ankle injury is not due to a sprained ankle. It's actually a cracked bone in his ankle, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
  • Pats open to Jimmy G trade, but hurdles remain

    Jimmy Garoppolo is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract, making it the ideal time for Bill Belichick to see a return on his second-round investment -- if he can trade the quarterback.
  • 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.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 32 (32)  
Scoreboard more
Gillette Stadium - Wk 20 1 2 3 4 T
Pittsburgh Steelers 0 9 0 8 17
New England Patriots 10 7 16 3 36
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
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 36-17   W
SB Sun, Feb 05 @ Atlanta 6:30 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 80 50 671 5
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
LeGarrette Blount 24 78 3.3 1
Dion Lewis 19 52 2.7 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Chris Hogan 13 275 21.2 2
Julian Edelman 16 255 15.9 1
Martellus Bennett 6 36 6 0
Dion Lewis 4 31 7.8 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: 25-10

Experience: 21

Career record: 262-125

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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