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2017 Season in Review: Inside the Numbers
A look back at the New England Patriots 2017 season inside the numbers. Read
BY THE NUMBERS
The Patriots blocked kicks in three consecutive games with Cassius Marsh blocking a FG vs. Atlanta (10/22/17), Lawrence Guy blocking a FG vs. LA Chargers (10/29/17) and Rex Burkhead blocking a punt at Denver (11/12/17).
The 2017 Patriots had four rookie free agents make the 53-man opening day roster - DL Adam Butler, OL Cole Croston, TE Jacob Hollister and LB Harvey Langi. It is the third-most rookie free agents in the Bill Belichick era. The Patriots had six rookie free agents make the team in 2013 and five in 2000.
RB Dion Lewis finished third in the NFL with a 4.98-yard average.
The 2017 Patriots defense finished the 2017 season by not allowing a fourth quarter touchdown in the final five games. They allowed 8 points or less in 14 of 16 games in the fourth quarter.
The 2017 Patriots finished with a 6-2 record against teams that had a winning record.
The Patriots defense had six red zone takeaways in 2017, the most in the NFL. Baltimore was second with five.
The Patriots are the only team that has made the playoffs in each of the last nine seasons (2009-17).
The Patriots scored in the final minute of the first half in 11 of 16 games in 2017.
The Patriots had a streak of 14 straight road wins, second best in NFL history to the 18 straight road wins by San Francisco.
The Patriots have had a rookie free agent make the 53-man opening day roster for 14 straight seasons, the third most, behind the Chargers (21) and Colts (19).
The Patriots have 18 first-team All-Pro selections via the draft since 2000, which ranks behind only Carolina (19).
The Patriots have gone 17 straight seasons without being swept by a division opponent after beating each of the AFC East teams in 2017, extending the longest such streak since the 1970 NFL merger.
The Patriots have won nine or more games in 17 straight seasons, the most in the NFL.
The Patriots have scored on the final possession of the first half and the opening possession of the second half 22 times since 2009, first in the NFL. New Orleans is second with 16 such occurrences.
The Patriots finished tied with Philadelphia for first in the NFL with 48 offensive touchdown drives in 2017.
The Patriots are 51-13 (.797) against NFC teams since re-alignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time.
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a Patriots record 62-yard field goal in Mexico City against Oakland on Nov. 19, 2017. His previous long was from 58 yards earlier this season vs. Carolina (10/1/17).
TOM BRADY BY THE NUMBERS
Tom Brady has the lowest interception percentage since 2015 with a 1.0 percentage. He has thrown just 17 interceptions on 1,637 pass attempts during that time.
Brady won his eighth conference title in 2017. He moved past DL Mike Lodish for the most Super Bowls played with seven in Super Bowl LI. Lodish played in six (four with Buffalo and two with Denver).
Brady played in his 12th conference championship game in 2017, the most in NFL history. Gene Upshaw and George Blanda (10) are second for most conference championship game appearances.
Brady led the NFL in 2017 with 4,577 yards at age 40 to become the oldest player to lead the NFL. The previous oldest player to lead the league in passing was Fran Tarkenton with 3,468 yards in 1978 at age 38 with Minnesota.
Brady set a Super Bowl record with 505 passing yards in Super Bowl LII, breaking the record of 466 yards he had in Super Bowl LI.
Brady is first in NFL history with 71 postseason touchdown passes.
Brady has two of the three 400 yard passing games in Super Bowl history with 466 yard in Super Bowl LI and 505 yards in Super Bowl LII. Kurt Warner passed 414 yards in Super Bowl XXIV.
The number of playoff starts for Tom Brady, the most of any quarterback in NFL history and any NFL player overall.
THE KRAFT ERA
The number of conference championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, an NFL record for most conference championships as an owner.
The number of division championships won by the Patriots since Kraft purchased the team in 1994.
The number of playoff seasons earned by the Patriots in the 24 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 36.
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 34-year history from 1960-93.
THE BELICHICK ERA
Bill Belichick (278 wins) is in third place on the NFL wins list.
Belichick has eight Super Bowl berths as a head coach, most all time. Don Shula is second with six Super Bowl berths as a head coach.
Super Bowl LII was Belichick's 11th Super Bowl overall, including eight as a head coach and three as an assistant coach. Read