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Game Notes: Patriots vs. Texans

Posted Dec 1, 2013

The following are game notes from the New England Patriots regular season game vs. the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENTS – PATRIOTS EARN 13TH STRAIGHT WINNIN RECORD
The Patriots won more than half of their games for the 13th straight year after reaching nine wins with the 34-31 win at Houston. They are the first team to win more than half of their games in 13 straight seasons since free agency began in 1993. The Patriots are the third team to win more than half of their games in 13 straight seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining the 49ers (16 straight from 1983-1998) and the Cowboys (16 straight from 1970-85).
MOST CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS (since 1970 merger)
San Francisco (1983-98) 16
Dallas (1970-85) 16
New England (2001-13) 13
Oakland (1970-80) 11

PATRIOTS HAVE THE MOST 9 OR MORE WIN SEASONS SINCE 2001
The Patriots are the only team in the NFL to have recorded nine or more wins in each of the last 13 seasons.
MOST SEASONS OF 9 WINS SINCE 2001
New England 13
Indianapolis 10
Baltimore 9
Green Bay 9
Pittsburgh 9
Philadelphia 8

PATRIOTS NEAR THE TOP WITH 28 WINNING SEASONS SINCE THE MERGER
The Patriots now have 28 winning seasons since the 1970 merger.
MOST WINNING SEASONS SINCE THE 1970 MERGER
Winning Seasons
1. Pittsurgh 31
2. Dallas 29
3. Miami 29
4. New England 28
5. Minnesota 27
6. Denver 26
7. San Francisco 25

BELICHICK EXTENDS STREAK TO 13TH STRAIGHT WINNING RECORD
Bill Belichick has now led the Patriots to 13 straight winning seasons (2001-13). The only other NFL coach to have at least 10 consecutive winning seasons with one team since the 1970 merger was Tom Landry, who led the Dallas Cowboys to 16 consecutive winning seasons (1970-85). Belichick’s 13 straight winning seasons are third all-time, behind 20 by Landry (1966-85) and 14 by Curly Lambeau with Green Bay (1934-47).

STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF (PART 1)
Since 2001, the Patriots have done a remarkable job of finishing the season strong, compiling an NFL-best 76-18 (.809) record in games on or after Thanksgiving.

PATRIOTS STRONG IN SEASON’S SECOND HALF (PART 2)
The Patriots improved to a record of 26-2 in the second half of the season since 2010. In both 2010 and 2011, the Patriots were 8-0 in the second half of the regular season and last year New England was 7-1. The Patriots are now 3-1 in the second half in 2013. Since Bill Belichick became Patriots head coach in 2000, New England is 86-22 in the second half of the season.

PATRIOTS OWN THE NFL’S TOP DECEMBER RECORD SINCE 2001
The Patriots have an NFL-best 46-6 record in the month of December since the 2001 season.
Have won 16 of our last seventeen, including last eight December games on the road.

BELICHICK IS GOOD IN DECEMBER
Bill Belichick is 48-8 (.857) in December with New England, the best record in December among head coaches with one team in NFL history (min. 25 games). George Seifert is second (27-6, .818).

THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE MOST REGULAR SEASON WINS AMONG THE ORIGINAL EIGHT AFL TEAMS
The Patriots now have the most regular season wins among the original eight AFL teams.

GOSTKOWSKI NAILS GAME-WINNING 53-YARD FIELD GOAL
Stephen Gostkowski hit a game-winning 53-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining to cap the Patriots’ 34-31 win. The game-winner was the fourth of Gostkowski’s regular-season career (he also has one in the playoffs) and the second straight week that he connected on a game-winner.

TOM BRADY REACHES 3,000 PASSING YARDS FOR THE 11TH TIME
Tom Brady (3,267) reached 3,000 passing yards for the 11th time in his career to become one of just six players with at least 11 3,000-yard seasons. He entered the game with 2,896 yards and reached the milestone on the final drive of the first half.

GOSTKOWSKI EXTENDS STREAK TO 103 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH AT LEAST ONE POINT
K Stephen Gostkowski added an extra point in the second quarter and has now scored at least one point in 103 consecutive games to extend a franchise record.

DEVELIN SCORES FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN ON SECOND NFL RUSHING ATTEMPT
FB James Develin scored his first NFL touchdown on a 1-yard run to culminate a 5-play, 78-yard drive to open the second half. It was his second NFL rushing attempt. He had his first NFL rushing attempt with a 3-yard gain in the second quarter.

EDELMAN HAS FOURTH CAREER 100-YARD GAME
Julian Edelman had nine catches for 101 receiving yards, marking his fourth career 100-yard receiving game and his third such game this season. He had 118 yards receiving at Atlanta on Sept. 29, 2013 and 110 vs. Denver pm Nov. 24, 2013.

TWO PLAYERS OVER 100 YARDS FOR THIRD TIME IN 2013
The Patriots had at least two players finish with 100 yards receiving for the third time in 2013 after Rob Gronkiowski finished with 127 and Julian Edelman finished with 110. Julian Edelman (118) and Kenbrell Thompkins (127) had 100-yard days at Atlanta. Against Pittsburgh, the Patriots had three receivers finish with 100 yards with Rob Gronkowski (143), Aaron Dobson (13) and Danny Amendola (122).

PATRIOTS ROOKIES NOW HAVE FIVE INTERCEPTIONS
Rookie DB Logan Ryan had his second straight game with an interception and his third of the season. Ryan (3) and fellow rookie DB Duran Harmon (2) give the Patriots rookies five interceptions on the year. The Patriots are now tied with Buffalo for the most interceptions by rookies this season. The Patriots are the only team to have more than one rookie with multiple iterceptions.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI END STREAK AT 21 CONSECTUIVE FIELD GOALS
Stephen Gostkowski ended his streak at 21 straight field goals after missing on a 55-yard attempt in the second quarter. The streak is the longest single-season consecutive field goal streak of Gostkowski’s career. The streak is the second longest such streak in a single season in team history. The longest single-season streak in team history belongs to Vinatieri, who booted 23 straight field goals in the 2004 season. Vinatieri has the longest streak of consecutive field goals overall for the Patriots with 25.

GOSTKOWSKI IS THIRD IN NFL HISTORY FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS
Stephen Gostkowski is third in the NFL for most consecutive extra points in NFL history.

PATRIOTS OFFENSE DOES WELL AGSINST HOUSTON’S TOP RANKED DEFENSE
The Patriots offense generated 453 yards and 34 points against a Houston defense that ranked number one in the NFL heading into the game.

ROOKIE WR JOSH BOYCE HAS A 41-YARD KICKOFF RETURN
Rookie WR Josh Boyce had a 41-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. It is the longest kickoff return for the Patriots in 2013. The previous long was a 30-yard return by LeGarrette Blount vs. Miami on Oct. 27.

BRADY RECORDS 57th CAREER 300-YARD GAME
Brady threw for 371 yards for his 57th NFL game with 300 or more yards passing and his fourth of the 2013 season. His 300-yard game total ranks third among active NFL quarterbacks, behind NFL-leader Peyton Manning (81) and Drew Brees (75). The Patriots are 47-10 when Brady throws for 300 or more yards.

GRONKOWSKI SCORES A TD IN HIS FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME
TE Rob Gronkowski scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter. Gronkowski has now scored at least one touchdown in four straight games. Gronkowski holds the team record for most consecutive games with a receiving touchdown with six in 2011

GRONKOWSKI TIED WITH CAPPELLETTI WITH 42 TD RECEPTIONS, FOURTH-MOST IN TEAM HISTORY
Gronkowski 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter was his 42nd career touchdown reception. He is now tied with Gino Cappelletti (42) for the fourth-most touchdown receptions in team history.

GRONKOWSKI HAS A 50-YARD GAIN IN THE THIRD QUARTER; IT IS HIS THIRD CAREER RECEPTION OF 50 OR MORE YARDS
Gronkowski connected with Tom Brady for a 50-yard gain on the first possession in the second half. It is his third career 50-yard reception and is tied for the second longest reception of his career. He had a 50-yarder at Washington on Dec. 11, 2011 and had a career-long 52-yard touchdown reception vs. Kansas City on Nov. 21, 2011.

GRONKOWSKI ADDS TO HIS TEAM RECORD WITH HIS 12TH 100-YARD GAME
Gronkowski totaled 127 yards receiving on six receptions, registering his 12th career 100-yard game and his third of the season. Gronkowski had eight receptions for 114 yards at the New York Jets on Oct. 20, 2013 and nine receptions for 143 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, 2013. Gronkowski leads all Patriots tight ends with 12 100-yard games. Ben Coates is second with nine 100-yard games.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI HAS 12 40 FIELD GOALS IN 2013;
Stephen Gostkowski connected on two 53-yard field goals and now has 12 field goals of 40 or more yards in 2013 to set a team mark for most field goals of 40 or more yards in a single season. Adam Vinatieri had 11 field goals of 40 or more yards in 2004 and 1998 and Gostkowski had 11 such field goals in 2012.

T WILL SVITEK MAKES FIRST START FOR PATRIOTS
Will Svitek made his first as a member of the Patriots when he started at right tackle in place of Marcus Cannon, who was out with an injury.

CLOSING TIME
The Patriots have been scoring fourth quarter points at torrid pace in 2013, putting up 113 points through the first 12 games, the second most through 12 games in team history. If the offense keeps their current pace of roughly nine points per fourth quarter they will have scored the third most fourth quarter points in a season with 149.

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