A quick look at the New England Patriots

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FAST FACTS ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS


  • Founded: 1959 - The Pats joined the American Football League in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, In 1971 they moved to Foxborough, Massachusetts, and became the New England Patriots.


  • Super Bowl titles: 4 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014)


  • AFC titles: 9 (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016).


  • 2016 regular season record: 14-2, won AFC East division


  • AFC playoff seeding: 1


  • Playoff path to the Super Bowl: First round bye; beat Houston Texans 34-16 in divisional round; beat Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 in AFC Championship game.


  • All time v Atlanta - The teams have only ever met 13 times, all regular season games and New England lead 7-6. The last time they met was a 30-23 win for the Patriots in September 2013.


  • Head coach: Bill Belichick has won four Super Bowls and seven AFC championships with the Patriots. The NFL's longest-tenured active head coach, Belichick ranks first in all-time playoff victories with 25.


  • Quarterback: Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls and seven AFC titles. He has also won three Super Bowl MVP awards. His seven Super Bowl appearances are a record for a starting quarterback.

FUN FACT


  • Upon relocating to Foxborough the team adopted the "Bay State Patriots" moniker that was quickly changed to New England Patriots given the unfortunate "B.S. Patriots" abbreviation.

HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION


  • Boston-born actor and producer Mark Wahlberg is a routine guest inside Patriots owner Robert Kraft's luxury box, has been on the sidelines for many games and has appeared with good friend Brady in Entourage and Ted 2.