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New England Patriots
Current season
Established 1959
Play in and headquartered in Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Patriots logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–69)

  • Eastern Division (1960–69)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
AFCE-Uniform-NE.PNG
Team colorsNautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, White

                   

MascotPat Patriot
Personnel
Owner(s)Robert Kraft
ChairmanRobert Kraft
CEORobert Kraft
PresidentJonathan Kraft
General managerBill Belichick
Head coachBill Belichick
Team history
  • Boston Patriots (1960–70)
  • Bay State Patriots (February 1971 – March 1971)
  • New England Patriots (1971–present)
Team nicknames
"The Pats"
Championships
League championships (3)
Conference championships (7)
Division championships (15)
Playoff appearances (19)
Home fields
 
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New England Patriots
Current season
Established 1959
Play in and headquartered in Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Patriots logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–69)

  • Eastern Division (1960–69)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
AFCE-Uniform-NE.PNG
Team colorsNautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, White

                   

MascotPat Patriot
Personnel
Owner(s)Robert Kraft
ChairmanRobert Kraft
CEORobert Kraft
PresidentJonathan Kraft
General managerBill Belichick
Head coachBill Belichick
Team history
  • Boston Patriots (1960–70)
  • Bay State Patriots (February 1971 – March 1971)
  • New England Patriots (1971–present)
Team nicknames
"The Pats"
Championships
League championships (3)
Conference championships (7)
Division championships (15)
Playoff appearances (19)
Home fields

The New England Patriots, sometimes called the "Pats," are a professional football team based in the Greater Boston area, playing their home games in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. The team is part of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971, although Foxborough is a suburb of Boston, 22 miles (35 km) away.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of those leagues. The team advanced to the playoffs four times before appearing in Super Bowl XX in January 1986, losing to the Chicago Bears. The team also appeared in Super Bowl XXXI in January 1997, losing to the Green Bay Packers.

Since the arrival of current head coach Bill Belichick in 2000, the Patriots became one of the most successful teams in NFL history. They are third in appearances in a Super Bowl with seven (the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys each have 8), and have the most appearances in the last 25 years. They have won all but two AFC East titles since 2001, and have not had a losing season since 2000. Before Belichick arrived, the Patriots had only notched consecutive playoff appearances twice in their history. Between 2001–2010, the Patriots set a record for most wins in a decade (126, different from conventionally bounded decades, 2000–2009, 1990–1999, etc.; this record references any ten-year stretch; 2nd is the 1984–1993 San Francisco 49ers, with 120 wins). Between 2001 and 2005, the Patriots became the second team in NFL history (after the Dallas Cowboys) to win three Super Bowls in four years (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX), and the eighth (and most recent) to win consecutive Super Bowls. The Patriots, however, were defeated by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, after winning the first 18 games of their 2007 season. They were defeated again by the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. During Belichick's tenure with the team along with quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots have also compiled the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history, a 21-game streak from October 2003 – October 2004. The Patriots contest one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL, with the New York Jets.

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Franchise history

"Pat Patriot" logo, used through 1992.

On November 16, 1959, Boston business executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL). The following winter, locals were allowed to submit ideas for the Boston football team's official name. The most popular choice—and the one that Sullivan selected—was "Boston Patriots". Immediately thereafter, The Boston Globe artist Phil Bissell developed the "Pat Patriot" logo.[1]

The Patriots' time in the AFL saw them struggle most years as they never had a regular home stadium. Nickerson Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, and Alumni Stadium all served as home fields during their time in the American Football League. They did play in one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season. They lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. They would not appear again in an AFL or NFL post-season game for another 13 years.[1]

When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were placed in the AFC East division, where they still play today. The following year, the Patriots moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which would serve as their home for 30 years. As a result of the move, they announced they would change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The name was rejected by the NFL and on March 23, 1971, the team officially announced they would become the New England Patriots.

During the 1970s, the Patriots had some success, earning a berth to the playoffs in 1976—as a wild card-team—and in 1978—as AFC East champions. They lost in the first round both times. In 1985, they returned to the playoffs, and made it all the way to Super Bowl XX, which they lost to the Chicago Bears 46–10. Following their Super Bowl loss, they returned to the playoffs in 1986, but lost in the first round. The team would not make the playoffs again for eight more years. During the 1990 season, the Patriots went 1-15. They changed ownership three times, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992. Orthwein intended to move the team to his native St. Louis, Missouri, but sold the team two years later to current owner Robert Kraft in 1994.[1]

Though Orthwein's period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team, first with the hiring of former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1993. Also a change was made that same year to the Patriots uniforms, changing their primary colors from their traditional red and white to blue and silver, and introducing a new logo.[2] Parcells would bring the Patriots to two playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 35–21. Pete Carroll, Parcells's successor, would also take the team to the playoffs twice in 1997 & 1998 before being dismissed as head coach after the 1999 season.[1]

The Patriots' current coach Bill Belichick was hired in 2000, and a new home field, Gillette Stadium was opened in 2002. Under Belichick, the team won three Super Bowls in four years, and finished the 2007 regular season with a perfect 16–0 record, becoming only the fourth team in league history to go undefeated in the regular season, and the only one since the league expanded its regular season schedule to 16 games.[1] After advancing to Super Bowl XLII, the team's fourth Super Bowl in seven years, the Patriots were defeated by the Giants to end their bid for a 19–0 season. With the loss, the Patriots ended the year at 18–1, becoming only one of three teams to go 18–1 along with the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Season-by-season records

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Patriots. For the full season-by-season franchise results, see List of New England Patriots seasons.
Super Bowl Champions (2001–present)Conference ChampionsDivision ChampionsWild Card Berth
SeasonTeamLeagueConferenceDivisionRegular SeasonPost Season ResultsAwards
FinishWonLostTies
20072007NFLAFC *East §1st §1600Won Divisional Playoffs (Jaguars) 31–20
Won Conference Championship (Chargers) 21–12
Lost Super Bowl XLII (Giants) 17–14
Bill Belichick (NFL COY)[3]
Tom Brady (NFL MVP)[4]
Tom Brady (NFL Off. POTY)[5]
20082008NFLAFCEast2nd[k]1150Jerod Mayo (Def. ROY)[6]
20092009NFLAFCEast §1st §1060Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 33–14
Tom Brady (CBPOY)[7]
20102010NFLAFCEast §1st §1420Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 28–21Bill Belichick (NFL COY)[3]
Tom Brady (NFL MVP)[8]
Tom Brady (NFL Off. POTY)[9]
20112011NFLAFC *East §1st §1330Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 45–10
Won Conference Championship (Ravens) 23–20
Lost Super Bowl XLVI (Giants) 21–17
Total4143659(1960–2011, includes only regular season)
2316(1960–2011,[l] includes only playoffs)[10]
4373819(1960–2010, includes both regular season and playoffs)

Records

Tom Brady at Denver in December 2011
All-Time Patriots Leaders
LeaderPlayerRecord NumberYears on Patriots
PassingTom Brady44,806 passing yards2000–present
RushingSam Cunningham5,453 rushing yards1973–1982
ReceivingStanley Morgan10,352 receiving yards1977–1989
Coaching WinsBill Belichick187 wins2000–present

Rivalries

In terms of number of games played, the Patriots have competed most against teams either currently or formerly from the AFC East division. This includes the current teams, the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins, and the Buffalo Bills, as well as former divisional opponents the Colts. Among those, however, a few run deeper than others.

New York Jets

The closest geographically has been the rivalry with the New York Jets. The Patriots and Jets have been in the same division (what is now the AFC East) since both teams' foundings in 1960, and have played each other at least twice a year since then. The rivalry between the Jets and Patriots has escalated since 1996, when Patriots head coach Bill Parcells left the Patriots under controversy to become the head coach of the Jets; he was replaced by former Jets coach Pete Carroll. Four years later Carroll was fired, and Parcells' assistant, Bill Belichick, resigned the day he was named the Jets' head coach to become the head coach of the Patriots. Six years after that, Eric Mangini, an assistant under Belichick, became the head coach of the Jets.

Bill Belichick achieved his 200th career head coaching win (regular season and playoffs) on November 23, 2012, defeating the Jets 49-19; it was his 163rd such win as Patriots coach.

Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts

The Patriots rivalry with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts ran through the two clubs' tenure together in the AFC East (1970-2001). The two clubs clashed in several close games, such as on December 19, 1971 as a late Patriots touchdown decided a 21-17 New England win; on September 18, 1978 the Colts rallied to defeat the Patriots 34-27 on Monday Night Football on a virtual one-man scoring rampage by running back Joe Washington; on September 4, 1983 the Colts defeated the Patriots in overtime 29-23 in their final season in Baltimore. The Patriots defeated the Colts in back-to-back overtime games, 23-17 on December 8, 1991, and 37-34 on November 15, 1992.

Even though the two clubs were placed in separate divisions in the NFL's 2002 divisional realignment, their rivalry did not diminish. Indeed, it could be claimed that it intensified since that time as both teams were among the best in the AFC, and both were led by likely Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Payton Manning (for the Colts) and Tom Brady (for the Patriots) The teams met three times in four years (2003, 2004, 2006) in the playoffs, with the winner going on to win that season's Super Bowl each time. The Manning portion of the rivalry began in Manning's rookie season, 1998; in 1999 Manning suffered a bitter 31-28 loss in September as the Patriots behind Drew Bledsoe erased a 28-7 Colts lead, then defeated the Patriots 20-15 in Indianapolis on December 12. The Brady-Manning portion of the rivalry began on September 30, 2001 as Brady made his first NFL start in a 44-13 Patriots win at Foxboro; on October 21 the Patriots defeated the Colts at the RCA Dome 38-17.

After the Colts left the AFC East in 2002, they first met on November 30, 2003 in a 38-34 Patriots win decided on a last-second goal line stand by the Patriots. The Colts broke a six-game Patriot winning streak in the rivalry in November 2005, then won twice in 2006; in the AFC Championship Game the Colts erased a 21-6 halftime lead; the game lead tied or changed seven times in the second half before a late touchdown led to a 38-34 Colts win. The November 4, 2007 meeting involved both teams being unbeaten to that point; the 8-0 Patriots and the 7-0 Colts. The Patriots rallied to win 24-20. The Colts won again in 2008 and then erased a large Patriots lead in 2009's 4th and 2 game. Manning's final meeting with the Patriots as a Colt came in November 2010; a late interception sealed a 31-28 Patriots win.

In 2012 the Patriots faced the Colts, quarterbacked now by Andrew Luck, on November 18; the Patriots defeated the Colts 59-24.

Strategy

Under head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have employed specific on-field and off-field strategies. On the field, the Patriots have typically utilized an "Erhardt-Perkins" offense and a "Fairbanks-Bullough" 3–4 defense, referred to commonly as a 2-gap 3–4 defensive system.[11] Their philosophy in making personnel decisions and in game planning has focused on the "team" concept,[12] stressing preparation, strong work ethic, versatility,[13] and lack of individual ego.[14] This approach, which led to three Super Bowl victories under Belichick, was analyzed in the 2004 book Patriot Reign.

When owner Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, he did so for $175 million. Since then, the Patriots have sold out every home game in both Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium.[citation needed] By 2009, the value of the franchise had increased by over $1 billion, to a Forbes magazine estimated value of $1.361 billion, third highest in the NFL only behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.[15][16][17] As of July 2011, the Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in world according to Forbes magazine.[18]

Stadium

Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots

Since 2002, the Patriots' home stadium has been Gillette Stadium, a $350 million facility privately financed by Kraft. It houses all administrative offices for the team and its owning entity, The Kraft Group, as well as the Kraft-owned Major League Soccer team, the New England Revolution. The field, which was originally natural grass, was replaced with a FieldTurf surface during the 2006 season. The area around the stadium was developed, beginning in 2007, into a $375 million "lifestyle and entertainment center" called Patriot Place; among its largest structures is a multi-floor restaurant and bar called CBS Scene.

Prior to 2002, the Patriots played in Foxboro Stadium dating back to 1971, the team's second year in the NFL after the AFL-NFL merger. During the team's days in the American Football League, the Boston Patriots were hosted by a number of fields in or around Boston - they played at Braves Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, and Alumni Stadium. In 1968 the Patriots played the NY Jets at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL.

Notable players

Current roster

New England Patriots roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Rookies in italics
Roster updated January 31, 2013
Depth ChartTransactions

57 Active, 0 Inactive, 19 FAs

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Retired numbers

New England Patriots retired numbers
PlayerPositionTenure
20Gino CappellettiWR, K1960–70
40Mike HaynesCB1976–82
57Steve NelsonLB1974–87
73John HannahG1973–85
78Bruce ArmstrongT1987–2000
79Jim Lee HuntDL1960–71
89Bob DeeDL1960–67

Hall of Famers

The New England Patriots feature 17 former players and one contributor in their team hall of fame, established in 1991. A committee of media and staff selected 11 players for enshrinement between 1991 and 2001, before a six-year span of no selections. In 2007, in advance of the 2008 opening of the Hall at Patriot Place, the Patriots introduced a new nomination committee to select three candidates, with the winner of an internet fan vote being enshrined in the hall of fame.[19] In order to be eligible, players and coaches must be retired for at least four years.[20] Beginning in 2011 and meeting every five years, a senior selection committee has the option of voting a player who has been retired for at least 25 seasons into the hall of fame.[21]

Former owner Billy Sullivan was inducted by owner Robert Kraft in March 2009, the Patriots' 50th season, as a contributor.[22]

Additionally, four former Patriots players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Patriots have officially retired seven uniform numbers.

New England Patriots Hall of Fame
Players
NumberNamePositionsSeasonsYear electedNumberNamePositionsSeasonsYear elected
73John HannahG1973–19851991 (Pro: 1991)56Andre TippettLB1982–19931999 (Pro: 2008)
85Nick BuonicontiLB1962–19681992 (Pro: 2001)78Bruce ArmstrongT1987–20002001
86Stanley MorganWR1977–1989200787Ben CoatesTE1991–19992008
35Jim NanceFB1965–1971200939Sam CunninghamRB1973–19822010
15Babe ParilliQB1961–1967199356Jon MorrisC1964–19742011
11Drew BledsoeQB1993–2001201114Steve GroganQB1975–19901995
20Gino CappellettiWR/K1960-1970199289Bob DeeDL1960-19671993
Contributors
NumberNamePositionsSeasonsYear electedNumberNamePositionsSeasonsYear elected
Billy SullivanOwner & founder1960–19882009

All-decade teams

1960s (AFL)

In November 1971, fans voted on a 10-year Patriots anniversary team, which coincided with the team's ten years in the then-defunct American Football League:[23] Additional selections for returner, special teamer, and coach were added in 2009:[24]

1970s, 1980s, 1990s

In March 2009, as part of the Patriots' 50th anniversary, a group of local media and other team figures selected all-decade teams for the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s:[24]

2000s

On March 16, 2010, the Patriots Hall of Fame selection committee selected an all-decade team for the 2000s:

Anniversary teams

35th anniversary (1994)

In 1994, a group of local media selected a 35th anniversary team:[23]

50th anniversary (2009)

In 2009, the Patriots Hall of Fame selection committee selected a 50th anniversary team:[23]

All-time first-round draft picks

Coaches

Head coaches

Current staff

New England Patriots staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Scott O'Brien
  • Special Teams Assistant – Joe Judge

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Harold Nash
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Moses Cabrera

Coaching Assistants

  • Steve Belichick

Coaching Staff
Management
More NFL staffs

Cheerleaders and mascot

The Patriots Cheerleaders performing a routine in 2007

The Patriots NFL Cheerleaders are simply known as The Patriots Cheerleaders. In 2005, cheerleader Kristin Gauvin won Miss Massachusetts, in part from her local commitment with the Patriots.

The Patriots' mascot is Pat Patriot, a revolutionary minuteman wearing a Patriots home jersey.

During each game, about ten men dressed as minutemen line the back of each end zone. When the Patriots score a touchdown, field goal or point-after-touchdown, the militia behind the opposite end zone fire a round of blanks from flintlock muskets. ESPN writer Josh Pahigian named this one of the top ten celebrations in the league in 2007.[25]

Radio and television

The Patriots' flagship radio station is WBZ-FM 98.5 FM, owned by CBS Radio. The larger radio network is called the New England Patriots Radio Network, whose 37 affiliate stations span 7 states. Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti are the longtime announcing team. Former Patriots QB Scott Zolak joined the radio team in the 2011 season as a sideline analyst.

Any preseason games not on national television are shown on CBS affiliate WBZ-TV, who also airs the bulk of Patriots regular season games by virtue of CBS having the rights to most AFC games. These games were broadcast on ABC affiliate WCVB-TV from 1995 until the change to WBZ in 2009. Don Criqui has been the play-by-play announcer the last several years, with Randy Cross as a color commentator and Mike Lynch as a sideline reporter. Lynch was replaced by WBZ reporter Steve Burton in 2009.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e "Official New England Patriots History". New England Patriots. http://www.patriots.com/history/index.cfm?ac=History. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  2. ^ Article by Bill Plaschke on Kevin Loh's design of the new Patriots' logo. LATIMES.COM. Accessed January 20, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Belichick wins 3rd Coach of Year honor". The Associated Press. February 2, 2011. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gLRirhrbgla4QzsnYzSxpSY_yVtw?docId=0f2901943f0846dab09ef3c5059ef28f. Retrieved February 16, 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Brady romps to MVP after record season". Toronto Star. Associated Press (Toronto Star Newspapers). January 6, 2008. http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/291342. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Tom Brady adds AP Offensive Player of Year to MVP". Bismark, North Dakota: KXMB-TV. January 8, 2008. http://www.kxnet.com/custom404.asp?404;http://www.kxnet.com/Sports/196054.asp. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mayo is AP's top defensive rookie". ESPN. January 1, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3801728. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Kilgore, Adam (January 6, 2010). "Brady Wins Comeback Player of the Year". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2010/01/brady_wins_come.html. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  8. ^ Farmer, Sam (February 6, 2011). "Patriots' Tom Brady selected NFL MVP". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/06/sports/la-sp-newswire-20110207. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  9. ^ Manza Young, Shalise (February 1, 2011). "Brady Wins AP Offensive Player of Year". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2011/02/brady_wins_ap_o.html. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  10. ^ "New England Patriots playoff history". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4785768. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  11. ^ Borges, Ron (2000-09-01). "Coming to terms with the system". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/packages/nfl2000/plays.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  12. ^ Guregian, Karen (2009-01-15). Boston Herald. http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/football/other_nfl/view/2009_01_15_New_Chief_in_charge:_Scott_Pioli_starts_life_as_lone_boss_in_Kansas_City/. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  13. ^ Long, Mark (2005-02-06). "Versatile Vrabel vaults into Super Bowl lore". San Diego Union-Tribune. http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nfl/20050206-1920-fbn-superbowl-vrabel.html. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  14. ^ Bell, Jarrett (2005-01-24). "Patriots all about the rings". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/patriots/2005-01-24-team-concept_x.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  15. ^ "#3 New England Patriots". Forbes. September 2, 2011. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/30/football-values-09_New-England-Patriots_307338.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  16. ^ "NFL Team Valuations". Forbes. September 2, 2011. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/30/football-values-09_NFL-Team-Valuations_Rank.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  17. ^ Kurt Badenhausen (September 7, 2011). "The NFL's Most Valuable Teams". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/09/07/the-nfls-most-valuable-teams/.
  18. ^ Shalise Manza Young (July 13, 2011). "Forbes: Patriots 6th most valuable sports franchise in world". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2011/07/forbes_pats_6th.html. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  19. ^ "Ben Coates elected to Patriots Hall of Fame". New England Patriots. 2008-07-07. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=32516&pcid=41. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  20. ^ "The Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon Hall of Fame!". New England Patriots. http://www.patriots.com/history/index.cfm?ac=halloffame. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  21. ^ "Patriots Hall of Fame Senior Selection Committee formed". New England Patriots. 2011-03-25. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=48047&pcid=47. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  22. ^ Finn, Chad (2009-03-24). "Sullivan inducted into team's Hall". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2009/03/sullivan_induct.html. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  23. ^ a b c "Patriots Anniversary Teams". New England Patriots. http://www.patriots.com/history/index.cfm?ac=anniversaryteams. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
  24. ^ a b Barboza, Scott (2009-03-31). "Patriots All-Decade teams announced". New England Patriots. http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=36746&pcid=41&rss=1. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  25. ^ "It's a Celebration: Best NFL Touchdown Rituals". ESPN. Josh Pahigian. December 13, 2007

Further reading

External links

Achievements
Preceded by
Baltimore Ravens
2000
Super Bowl Champions
New England Patriots

2001
Succeeded by
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002
Preceded by
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002
Super Bowl Champions
New England Patriots

2003 and 2004
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Steelers
2005