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New England Patriots

New England Patriots
NFL Team information
Established1959
Play inand headquartered in Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
MascotPat Patriot
Other information
OwnerRobert 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
Super Bowl Championships2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX) (3)
Conference championships*AFC: 1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 (6)
Division championships*AFL East: 1963 *AFC East: 1978, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 (13)
Playoff appearances
  • AFL: 1963, NFL: 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
Home fields
*Nickerson Field (1960 62) *Fenway Park (1963 68) *Alumni Stadium (1969) *Harvard Stadium (1970) *Foxboro Stadium (1971 2001) **a.k.a. Schaefer Stadium (1971 82) **a.k.a. Sullivan Stadium (1983 89) *Gillette Stadium (2002 present)

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The New England Patriots, commonly 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 mi (35.4 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.

Of late, the Patriots have become one of the most successful teams in NFL history. They are currently tied for second with 6 appearances in a Super Bowl, and have the most appearances in the last 25 years. 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 10 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 as of the present time, the last team to date) 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. Under quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, 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.


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