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Team: New England Patriots
Conference: American Football Conference
Home Games: Gillette Stadium
All-Time Greats: Tom Brady, Stanley Morgan, Adam Vinatieri, John Hannah, Ty Law
Rivals: New York Jets
The New England Patriots football team is perhaps most famous for its star quarterback Tom Brady and for making the playoffs for 10 seasons in a row from 2009 through 2018. The Patriots won six Super Bowl titles from 2001 through 2018. The New England Patriots were founded in 1959 by Billy Sullivan Jr. and several other businessmen in the Boston, Mass., area. Lou Saban was the first head coach for the team, and Clemson quarterback Harvey White was the first player to be signed. The team name Patriots was chosen by a panel of Boston sportswriters after a public contest. The Patriots were the first professional team to issue public stock. The team's first home game in their 1960 inaugural season was played at Boston University Field against the Denver Broncos; the Patriots lost by a score of 13-10. The New England Patriots play their home games at Gillette Stadium. Get your tickets to Patriots games at StubHub.
What was the New England Patriots’ record last season?
The New England Patriots finished the 2019 season with a record of 12-4.
Who are the team’s all-time statistical leaders?
Tom Brady is the team’s all-time passing leader with over 74,000 passing yards and 541 touchdowns through 2019 (he will now play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2020). Sam "Bam" Cunningham is the team’s all-time rushing leader at over 5,000 yards. Stanley Morgan holds the team record for all-time receiving yards, and the team’s all-time leading scorer is Stephen Gostkowski.
Who is the head coach for the New England Patriots?
The head coach of the New England Patriots is Bill Belichick. He has been coaching in the NFL for 45 seasons and has spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots through 2018, including a stint as defensive coordinator in 1996 under head coach Bill Parcells. Coach Belichick has won six Super Bowl titles during his tenure with the Patriots and won the AFC East crown 10 seasons in a row from 2009 through 2018. He holds the record for the most postseason wins of any head coach in NFL history with 31. Belichick started working as a coach straight out of college, beginning his career in 1975 with the Baltimore Colts. He has also coached with the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Coach Belichick also owns the largest library of football-related books — more than 800 volumes.
Where do the New England Patriots play their home games?
Gillette Stadium, located in Foxborough, Mass., has a seating capacity of 65,878 and 88 luxury suites. The Patriots have played home games there since 2002. The stadium boasts an impressively large space, excellent sight lines, numerous snack bars, two enormous LED monitors, 1,500 TV monitors and a grand design.
Who is the New England Patriots' major rival?
The New England Patriots’ biggest rival is the New York Jets. Part of the rivalry has to do with the fact that Bill Belichick was the head coach for the Jets for one day in 2000, when he famously quit the post by writing his resignation on a napkin. In 2001, Jets linebacker Mo Lewis injured Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the team’s second regular season game, bringing Tom Brady to the fore. The Jets beat the Patriots 10-3 that day, but Brady would later lead the Patriots to their first Super Bowl championship that season. In 2002, Chad Pennington, who began his NFL career with the New York Jets, was credited with saving the Jets' season in a 30-17 win over the Patriots. The Jets would make the playoffs in 2002 while the Patriots didn’t. Eric Mangini left the Patriots’ staff in 2006 to become the head coach of the New York Jets. He was famously locked out of the building when he returned to Gillette Stadium to get his personal belongings. Later that year, the Jets beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in a 17-14 score. Coach Mangini and coach Belichick shared a cold handshake after the game. In January 2007, the two coaches shared a hug after the Patriots beat the Jets in an AFC wild card game at Gillette Stadium in a 37-16 score. Late in the 2010 season, the Patriots humiliated the Jets 45-3 on Monday Night Football. However, the Jets would later get their revenge in the playoffs, beating the Patriots 28-21 in a divisional round game at Gillette.
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