Week after week, comeback after unlikely comeback, they startle fans and foes by finding strange ways to win.
They overcame a 24-point halftime deficit then recovered their overtime punt after it bounced off an opponent and kicked the winning field goal against Denver.
They came back from 10 points behind at halftime and won on a 53-yard field goal with just over three minutes left against Houston.
They scored two touchdowns in 30 seconds with the help of a rare recovered onside kick against Cleveland.
And that's just in their past three games.
''Sometimes the stars align in your favor,'' special teams captain
A charmed life, perhaps?
''There's no charm in winning in the NFL,'' defensive end
What makes the Patriots' late-game success even more remarkable is that they've achieved it without some of their best players.
Even without him, the Patriots beat the Browns 27-26 with a comeback crammed into a bizarre final 61 seconds:
- A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on Edelman.
- Because of that penalty, an onside kick from the 50-yard line instead of the New England 35 that was recovered by the Patriots.
- A defensive pass interference call that moved the ball from the Cleveland 30 to the 1.
- The go-ahead scoring pass to
- And, finally, a failed 58-yard field goal attempt by Cleveland's Billy Cundiff.
Even Slater had to wonder why the Patriots have been able to rally in so many games so late.
''Especially after yesterday,'' he said. ''It took a lot for us to pull that one out.''
It helped that the Patriots (10-3) have plenty of experience in close games, keep practicing situations that rarely come up just in case they do and have Brady at quarterback.
They're 7-3 in games decided by seven points or fewer this season.
A 30-27 win over the then-unbeaten New Orleans Saints in the Patriots sixth game was a hint of what was to come.
The Patriots trailed 27-23 when they got the ball with 73 seconds and no timeouts left at their 30.
A 9-yard completion on fourth down gave them a first down at the Saints 17. The Patriots rushed to the line and Brady spiked the ball, stopping the clock with 10 seconds remaining.
Then he lofted a 17-yard pass to undrafted rookie
''We just knew that it was going to come down to the last minute,'' Thompkins said. ''Until that clock said all zeros on it, we were going to fight.''
Their latest run of rallies began on Nov. 24 when the Patriots trailed Denver 24-0 at halftime.
Then they scored on their first five series of the second half and won 34-31 after
The Patriots also have been on the losing end of some wacky finishes.
They lost to the New York Jets 30-27 in overtime when Nick Folk got another chance at a field goal after Patriots defensive tackle
And they fell 24-20 to the Carolina Panthers when the officials picked up a flag thrown for pass interference against Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly when he wrapped up Gronkowski in the end zone as Brady threw to his tight end on the last play.
But that onside kick on Sunday?
Never in their 54-year history had the Patriots scored the winning points on the possession after recovering one.
''My job is to get it 10 yards and give the team a chance. That's what I did and the ball bounced our way,'' Gostkowski said. ''I've never been that jacked up after a game. I don't celebrate too much after field goals, but when we get an onside kick, I was all over the place.
''I probably looked like an idiot out there.''
There's a first time for everything.