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2007 New England Patriots season

Season information
TeamNew England Patriots
Season Year2007
Head coachBill Belichick
OwnerRobert Kraft
Home fieldGillette Stadium
Place1st AFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Jaguars) 31 20
Won Conference Championship (Chargers) 21 12
Lost Super Bowl XLII (Giants) 17 14
Pro BowlersQB Tom Brady
C Dan Koppen
T Matt Light
G Logan Mankins
WR Randy Moss
CB Asante Samuel
LB Mike Vrabel
DT Vince Wilfork
AP All-ProsQB Tom Brady (1st team)
T Matt Light (1st team)
WR Randy Moss (1st team)
CB Asante Samuel (1st team)
OLB Mike Vrabel (1st team)
C Dan Koppen (2nd team)
G Logan Mankins (2nd team)
WR Wes Welker (2nd team)
DT Vince Wilfork (2nd team)
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The 2007 New England Patriots season was the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and 48th season overall. They finished with a perfect 16 0 regular season record but lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

The Patriots entered the offseason following a close loss to the rival Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship. After having lost their two starting wide receivers in the previous offseason, the Patriots added Donté Stallworth in free agency and traded for Wes Welker and Randy Moss in the spring; Welker would lead the NFL in receptions in 2007 while Moss would set an NFL record with 23 touchdown catches. The season began with controversy, when in Week 2 head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots were penalized by the NFL for their involvement in the videotaping of opponents' defensive signals from an unauthorized location in their Week 1 game against the New York Jets, referred to in the press as Spygate. Despite the media scrutiny, the Patriots continued to gain momentum, winning mid-season games by scores such as 52 7 and 56 10, as quarterback Tom Brady iterated the team's desire to blow out and "kill teams." The Patriots set the record for most points in a season with 589, shattering the previous record by 33 points.

The Patriots clinched the AFC East before their eleventh game (in Week 12), the fourth time since the NFL introduced the 16-game schedule in 1978 that a team had clinched a division title by its eleventh game. In the season finale, the Patriots looked to finish the regular season with the first 16 0 record in NFL history, and did so successfully. In that game, Brady and Moss connected on two touchdown passes, with Moss setting his 23 catch record and Brady setting an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes on the season. It was the first undefeated regular season in the NFL since the 1972 Miami Dolphins finished 14-0. Brady earned his first NFL MVP award, while the Patriots' offense broke numerous records, including those for points scored and point differential.

With the first seed in the AFC playoffs, the Patriots defeated both the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers in order to advance to Super Bowl XLII; according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this made them the first professional team since 1884 in any of the four major American sports (football, basketball, baseball, hockey) to win the first 18 games of their season. Facing the prospect of a perfect 19 0 season with a victory over the underdog New York Giants, analysts saw the 2007 Patriots as being the greatest team in NFL history.

Despite being the overwhelming favorites in the game, the Patriots had to protect a four point lead on a Giants drive late in the fourth quarter. A dramatic pass from Eli Manning to David Tyree put the Giants deep in Patriots territory, and a Manning touchdown pass to Plaxico Buress gave the Giants a lead with seconds left. The Patriots could not score again and came out on the losing end of what is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The loss left the 1972 Dolphins as the only undefeated champions in NFL history. The Patriots ended the season at 18-1, becoming one of only three teams to go 18-1 along with the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears, both of whom won their respective Super Bowls.

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