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Inside the Numbers
The Patriots defense held Saints TE Jimmy Graham without a catch. Graham entered the game averaging 118.6 yards per game.
Rookie free agent WR Kenbrell Thompkins caught two touchdown passes vs. Tampa Bay (9/22/13) to become the first rookie free agent to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Blair White of Indianapolis in 2010.
The Patriots own the top three totals in NFL history for most ball control plays from scrimmage with 1,199 in 1994, 1,191 in 2012 and 1,187 in 1995.
Stevan Ridley qualifies for the highest rushing average in team history based on 450 rushing attempts (455-2,024).
Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 54-yard field goal against the Saints and now has nine career 50-yard field goals, the most in Patriots history.
The number of 100-yard games by Rob Gronkowski, the most by a Patriots tight end in team history.
The number of fumble recoveries by Rob Ninkovich over the last four years (2010-13), the most of any player in the NFL. Brian Urlacher and Vince Wilfork are second with seven.
Rookie Logan Ryan returned his first career interception 79 yards for a touchdown at the NY Jets (10/20) to become the 11th Patriots player to return his first career pick for a touchdown.
The Patriots enter the season having compiled a winning record in 12 consecutive seasons and are the third team in NFL history to have 12 straight winning seasons since the 1970 merger.
The Patriots have 12 rookies on their roster, including seven draftees and three undrafted free agents and two rookies claimed off waivers.
The number of consecutive field goals by Stephen Gostkowski, the longest streak of his career. The team record for most consecutive field goals is 23 by Adam Vinatieri in 2004.
Including the 12 rookies on the Patriots, there are nine new veterans on the team for a total of 20 new faces on the 2013 Patriots roster.
Julian Edelman has a team-leading 46 receptions through seven games and is on pace to finish with 105 receptions. He is tied for third in the NFL with the 46 receptions.
The receiving total of rookie free agent WR Kenbrell Thompkins at Atlanta (9/29), the highest single-game output by a Patriots rookie free agent in his rookie season and only the second 100- yard game by a rookie free agent in his rookie season.
The number of total snaps by Ryan Wendell in 2012 (1,231 offense and 148 on special teams), to lead the NFL.
TOM BRADY BY THE NUMBERS
Brady is tied with John Elway as the only quarterback to lead his team to five conference titles. Brady needs to play in one more Super Bowl to match DL Mike Lodish for the most Super Bowls played. Lodish played in six (four with Buffalo and two with Denver)
The number of 12-win seasons that Brady has guided the Patriots to during his career, second only to Peyton Manning’s nine.
The number of division championships by Tom Brady, surpassing the nine division titles by Joe Montana and Peyton Manning for an NFL record.
The percent of quarterback keepers converted by Brady (89 of 94) for first downs (67-of-69 on third-and-2 or less and 22 of 25 on fourth-and-2 or less).
The number of times that Brady has thrown two or more touchdowns in a game. The Patriots are 94-16 (.854) when he throws for two or more touchdowns.
Tom Brady leads the NFL with 5,949 passing yards in the postseason.
THE KRAFT ERA
The number of Super Bowl championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Only Denver (2; 1997 and 1998), Pittsburgh (2; 2005 and 2008) and the NY Giants (2: 2007 and 2011) have won multiple Super Bowl titles since 1994.
The number of conference championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Pittsburgh is second with four conference titles since 1994.
The number of playoff seasons earned by the Patriots in the 19 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team.
The number of playoff games the Patriots have appeared in since 1994, the most in the NFL. Green Bay has the second most with 28.
The number of consecutive home games that have been sold out, including all playoff and preseason games dating back to the 1994 season opener.
The number of games the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the franchise in 1994. Prior to Kraft’s ownership, the team had won 225 total games in its entire history from 1960-93.
THE BELICHICK ERA
Bill Belichick is the first coach to lead his team to four 500-point seasons (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Bill Belichick is fifth all-time in wins with 210. Curly Lambeau is fourth with 229 career wins.
Belichick has been a part of eight Super Bowls overall, including five as a head coach and three as an assistant coach.
The number of 11-win seasons by Bill Belichick, tied with Tom Landry for second to Don Shula’s 13.