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Jan. 19, 2014
The Patriots lose the AFC Championship Game in Denver, 26-16, marking the team's third straight appearance in the conference title game and its second consecutive defeat.

Dec. 27, 2013
Four Patriots are selected to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Mattew Slater and Aqib Talib. Stephen Gostkowski would also be added later.

Dec. 22, 2013
The New England Patriots put on a performance worthy of a division champion as they breezed to a 41-7 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots (11-4) were assured of their fifth straight AFC East title before the game started when Miami lost at Buffalo. New England has now qualified for the playoffs 21 times in its history and 15 times under owner Robert Kraft. It is the 11th division crown for Bill Belichick, tied with Don Shula for the most division titles since the 1970 merger. Tom Brady has now led the Patriots to 11 division titles, more than any other starting quarterback in NFL history.

Nov. 24, 2013
The Patriots came back from a 24-point deficit to defeat the Denver Broncos, 34-31, in overtime, marking the largest comeback win in team history. New England trailed 24-0 at halftime.

May 21, 2013
Tedy Bruschi is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

Jan. 20, 2013
The Patriots fall to the Ravens, 28-13, in the AFC Championship game, marking only the second time in team history the club has dropped a conference championship game. The Patriots are now 7-2 in AFC Championship Games, including a 4-1 record at home and a 3-1 record at Gillette Stadium.

Dec. 30, 2012
During a pregame ceremony to honor Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft announced that Santos, the legendary Voice of the New England Patriots, would be a 2013 inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Santos will become the 20th person to be inducted and just the second non-player to earn the honor as a contributor for his off-field contributions to the team.

Dec. 2, 2012
Patriots defeat the Dolphins to clinch their 15th division crown in franchise history, marking the second earliest the team has wrapped up the division title (2007: Nov. 25).

Oct. 9, 2012
Veteran RB Kevin Faulk formally announces his retirement in a press conference at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. Faulk, a 1999 second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU, ended his career as the the Patriots' Patriots’ all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,041 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 943 punt return yards). Faulk ranks fifth in Patriots history in rushing yards (3,607), fifth in receptions (431), eleventh in pass receiving yards (3,701) and sixth in total punt return yards (943).

June 4, 2012
Troy Brown is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

May 7, 2012
Veteran T Matt Light formally announces his retirements in a press conference at The Hall at Patriots Place presented by Raytheon after a stellar 11-year NFL career. Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick shared their memories in front of a packed house that included fans, media, family members as well as the entire offensive line.

Feb. 5, 2012
The Patriots fell behind to the Giants early and battle back to claim a 17-9 second half lead. But the N.Y. Giants engineered an 88-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Patriots, 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI

Jan. 22, 2012
New England advanced to its seventh Super Bowl (sixth of the Kraft era) as a last-minute Ravens' field goal attempt sails wide left and the Patriots hang on for a 23-20 victory.

Jan. 14, 2012
The Patriots set single-game playoff franchise records for points (45) and yards (509) at home in a 45-10 AFC Divisional round win over Denver.

Dec. 27, 2011
Eight Patriots are selected to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Andre Carter, Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins, Matthew Slater, Brian Waters, Wes Welker, and Vince Wilfork.

Dec. 18, 2011
With a win at Denver, the Patriots clinch a playoff birth for the 13th time in the 18 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

Aug. 11, 2011
The Patriots dedicate the 2011 season to the late Myra Kraft and debut "MHK" patches on player jerseys and coaching apparel to be worn throughout the season in her honor.

July, 25, 2011
Robert Kraft and Colts C Jeff Saturday share a now-iconic moment during a news conference announcing the end of the four-and-a-half-month lockout. Kraft was recognized by players and owners as critical in getting the deal done.

May 16, 2011
Drew Bledsoe is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

March 27, 2011
Jon Morris selected to the Patriots Hall of Fame by 10-person senior selection committee.

Feb. 6, 2011
Tom Brady is named the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. He is the first ever unanimous selection.

Feb. 3, 2011
The Patriots offensive line is named to the 2010 Madden Most Valuable Protectorrs.

Feb. 2, 2011
Bill Belichick is named the Associated Press Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.

Jan. 2, 2011
New England head coach Bill Belichick guides the Patriots to an NFL-best 14-2 after a 38-7 win over Miami. Belichick becomes the first head coach ever to win at least 14 regular-season games in four separate seasons.

Jan. 2, 2011
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushes for 80 yards in the regular-season finale against the Dolphins to give him 1,008 yards on the season. He becomes the 11th New England player to record a 1,000 yard rushing season and the first since Corey Dillon in 2004.

Dec. 28, 2010
QB Tom Brady, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Devin McCourty, S Brandon Meriweather and DL Vince WIlfork are selected to the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl team. (WR Wes Welker and LT Matt Light are later added to the roster.)

Dec. 26, 2010
The Patriots clinch the AFC East Championship and the AFC's top seed, including home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 34-3 victory at the Buffalo Bills.

Dec. 12, 2010
New England qualifies for the playoffs for the 18th time in its 51-year history with a 36-7 win at Chicago to mark the 12th playoff appearance in the 17 years that Robert Kraft has owned the franchise.

Nov. 25, 2010
Tom Brady records a perfect quarterback rating after finishing 21-of-27 for 341 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 45-24 victory at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. It is the second time in his career that he has finished with a perfect rating (10/21/07 at Miami), making him the third player ever to have more than one game with a perfect rating (min. 20 attempts).

Oct. 23, 2010
Gillette hosts the "Colonial Clash" between the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, the first college football game ever to be played at Gillette Stadium.

Oct. 4, 2010
The Patriots become the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown five different ways in the same game at Miami. The Patriots score a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, have a kickoff returned for a touchdown, block a field goal that is returned for a touchdown and return an interception for a touchdown.

Aug. 2, 2010
Patriot Place announces the completion of a photovoltaic power system that will generate approximately 525 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place.

June 14, 2010
Sam "Bam" Cunningham, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, is selected by fans as the 2010 inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame.

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Dec. 27, 2009
The Patriots clinch the AFC East Division title for the seventh time in nine seasons with a 35-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots earned their 11th playoff berth in the 16 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team.

Dec. 20, 2009
The Patriots beat Buffalo, 17-10, to win their ninth game of the season and become the first team to win more than half of their games in nine straight seasons since free agency began in 1993 and only the fifth team to do so since the 1970 merger.

Dec. 13, 2009
Wes Welker reached 100 receptions for the third consecutive season on a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter vs. Carolina. Welker reached 100 receptions in his 11th game of the season to tie Marvin Harrison for the fewest individual games played to reach 100 receptions in a season in NFL history.

Dec. 6, 2009
Randy Moss and Wes Welker both go over 1,000 yards receiving at Miami to become the first Patriots players and only the sixth set of players in NFL history to have three straight 1,000-yard seasons.


Nov. 30, 2009
Tom Brady passes Drew Bledsoe (29,657) to become New England's all-time passing leader.


Oct. 25, 2009
The Patriots play their first game on foreign soil as part of the NFL's International Series in front of 84,000 fans at London's historic Wembley Stadium. The Patriots defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-7.


Oct. 18, 2009
The Patriots set team records for points in a game (59) and total net yards (619) in a 59-0 victory vs. Tennessee in snowy conditions at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady sets an NFL record with five touchdown passes in the second quarter.

June 10, 2009
Jim Nance is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

March 24, 2009
On the occasion of the team's 50th season, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft inducts William H. "Billy" Sullivan, the team's founder, into the Patriots Hall of Fame as the first con-tributor to be enshrined.

Jan. 22, 2009
The Patriots unveil their 50th season logo, which will brand all of the team's activities in 2009.

Sept. 20, 2008
In a ceremony attended by thousands of Patriots fans outside The Hall at Patriot Place, 12 members of the Patriots Hall of Fame were re-inducted and Ben Coates was inducted as the 13th member.


Sept. 18, 2008
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, unveiling a first-of-its-kind experience that showcases the history of the New England Patriots, provides a permanent home for the franchise’s Hall of Fame and promotes math and sciences education through football.


Sept. 6, 2008
The Kraft Group and CBS open CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, a three-story, 15,000-squarefoot, one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining destination at Patriot Place, with a star-studded red carpet event.


Aug. 2, 2008
Andre Tippett is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He is presented by Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, and joins John Hannah as the only career Patriots in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


July 7,  2008
Ben Coates is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

Feb. 3, 2008
New England is defeated by the New York Giants, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Feb. 2, 2008
Andre Tippett is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, becoming the second player to earn the honor after playing his entire career as a Patriot.

Jan. 20, 2008
The Patriots win their sixth AFC Championship with a 20-12 victory over San Diego at Gillette Stadium, advancing to Super Bowl XLII with an un-precedented 18-0 record.
 
Jan. 12, 2008
The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship Game for the fourth time in five seasons with a 31-20 divisional playoff win over Jacksonville. Tom Brady completes 92.9 percent of his passes (26-28) to set an NFL record.

Jan. 5, 2008
Tom Brady is named the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press.

Dec. 29, 2007
The Patriots defeat the New York Giants, 38-35, to complete the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history. Tom Brady sets a new NFL record with his 50th touchdown pass and Randy Moss sets a new league mark with his 23rd touchdown reception. The Patriots finish the season with a league-record 589 points and 75 touchdowns.

Nov. 18, 2007

The Patriots tie a franchise record for points in a 56-10 win at Buffalo. Randy Moss sets a team record with four touchdown catches.

Nov. 4, 2007
Tom Brady throws his 33rd touchdown pass of the season, setting a franchise record in a 24-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The game between the 7-0 Patriots and the 8-0 Colts was the latest matchup of undefeated teams in NFL history.

Oct. 21, 2007
Tom Brady throws a franchise-record six touchdown passes in a 49-28 win over the Dolphins. His 158.3 passer rating in the game is the first perfect rating in Patriots history.
 
Aug. 27, 2007
Stanley Morgan is enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony at the Patriots Kickoff Gala at Gillette Stadium.

May 20, 2007

The Kraft Group unveils its vision for The Hall at Patriot Place, a football-themed museum to be located within the larger Patriot Place development and slated to open in Fall 2008.

Jan. 14, 2007
The Patriots advance to their third AFC Championship Game in four seasons with a 24-21 road win against the San Diego Chargers.

Jan. 7, 2007
New England defeats the New York Jets, 37-16, in the wild card playoffs at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots' streak of four straight seasons with a playoff victory is twice as long as any other active streak and ties the fifth longest such streak in NFL history.
 
Dec. 24, 2006
The Patriots capture their fourth consecutive AFC East title with a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nov. 5, 2006
Troy Brown grabs his 535th catch, passing Stanley Morgan to become the Patriots all-time leader in receptions.

Jan. 7, 2006
The Patriots defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3, setting an all-time NFL record with their 10th consecutive playoff victory. The organization surpassed the previous record of nine, held by the 1960s Green Bay Packers teams coached by Vince Lombardi.

Dec. 17, 2005
New England captures its third consecutive AFC East crown with a commanding 28-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

June 12, 2005
The New England Patriots receive their Super Bowl XXXIX Championship Rings in a ceremony held at Patriots owner Robert Kraft's home.

May 19, 2005
Cornerback Otis Smith signs a 1 day contract to retire as a New England Patriot.

Apr 13, 2005
The Patriots visit the White House, where they were honored by President George W. Bush.

Feb 6, 2005
The Patriots win the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons with a thrilling 24-21 victory over the Phildephia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jun 13, 2004
Robert Kraft presents the Patriots with Super Bowl rings in a ceremony at his home.

May 10, 2004
The Patriots visit the White House, where they were honored by President George W. Bush.

May 8, 2004
The Patriots bring the Lombardi Trophy to Water Fire in Providence, R.I. to share their Super Bowl victory with the fans of Rhode Island.

Apr 22, 2004

The Patriots release the DVD "3 Games to Glory II," at a premiere event in Randolph, Mass. The two-disc set contains nearly five hours of features chronicling and commemmorating the Patriots' record-setting 2003 season.

Apr 9, 2004
Robert Kraft throws out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox' 2003 Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park.

Apr 7, 2004
The Patriots brought the Lombardi Trophy to a victory parade in Portland, Maine.

Mar 21, 2004
The Patriots bring the Lombardi Trophy to Manchester, N.H., to celebrate their Super Bowl XXXVIII victory with the fans of New Hampshire.

Feb 3, 2004
More than 1.5 million Patriots fans jam the streets of Boston for a victory parade that ends with a rally at City Hall Plaza.

Feb 1, 2004
The Patriots win the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons with a thrilling 32-29 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Jan 21, 2004
Robert K. Kraft celebrates the 10th anniversary of his purchase of the franchise.

Jan 18, 2004
New England hosts the AFC Championship Game for the second time in club history and advanced to the fourth Super Bowl in team annals with a 24-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Jan 10, 2004
In the coldest game in team history (four degrees), the Patriots beat Tennessee 17-14 in the divisional playoffs at Gillette Stadium.

Dec 27, 2003
New England closes out the best regular season in franchise history with a 31-0 shutout over the Buffalo Bills to finish the season with a 14-2 record, the best mark in the NFL.

Dec 7, 2003
The Patriots defeat the Miami Dolphins, 12-0, in snowy Foxborough to claim the seventh division title in franchise history.

Aug 5, 2002
The Gillette Company and The Kraft Group announced a 15-year agreement that gives Gillette exclusive naming rights to the home stadium and sports complex of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. Under the agreement, "Gillette Stadium" now replaces "CMGI Field" as the exclusive name of the new stadium.

Jun 9, 2002
CMGI Field hosts its first concert, the 2002 WBCN River Rave.

Jun 9, 2002
Robert Kraft hosted the Patriots Super Bowl ring ceremony at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Jun 6, 2002
The Patriots open a three-day minicamp, the first time the entire team worked together at CMGI Field.

Jun 4, 2002
The Patriots traveled to Connecticut as part of their Super Bowl Trophy Tour to thank their fans for their support.

Jun 1, 2002
Demolition of Foxboro Stadium is completed.

May 11, 2002
The Revolution played in the first game at CMGI Field. In the stadium's "soft opening," the lower seating bowl and concourse are opened to the public for the first time.

May 9, 2002
The New England Revolution soccer team participated in the first practice held at CMGI Field.

May 6, 2002
The Patriots moved into their new offices and facilities at CMGI Field.

Apr 17, 2002
The Patriots continued their Super Bowl Trophy Tour with a trip to Maine, and thanked fans for their continued support.

Apr 10, 2002
The Patriots traveled to New Hampshire and Vermont as part of their Super Bowl Trophy Tour and took part in rallies in both states to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Apr 2, 2002
The Patriots were invited to the White House and were congratulated on their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI by the President of the United States, George W. Bush

Apr 1, 2002
The Patriots and their Super Bowl trophy were on hand at Fenway Park for opening day of the 2002 Boston Red Sox season. In a pre-game ceremony, each of the players in attendance threw out the first pitch of the season.

Mar 28, 2002
The NFL released its 2002 schedule and the Patriots were featured in a franchise record of six nationally televised games.

Mar 5, 2002
The Patriots held the red-carpet premiere of their Super Bowl XXXVI video at the Loews Theater at Boston Common.

Feb 18, 2002
Demolition of Foxboro Stadium begins.

Feb 13, 2002
The Patriots traveled to Rhode Island as part of their Super Bowl trophy tour for a rally held by the state to congratulate the franchise for their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Feb 4, 2002
The state of Massachusetts held a victory parade for the Patriots. The parade traveled through downtown Boston and concluded with a rally at city hall. Approximately 1.25 million people attended the event.

Feb 3, 2002
The Patriots claimed the first Superbowl championship of their 42-year history with a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a 48-yard field goal as time expired to bring the Lombardi Trophy to New England.

Jan 27, 2002

The Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17, to advance to the Super Bowl for the third time in their history and the second time in the last six years.

Jan 19, 2002
In a driving snowstorm, the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-13 in overtime, in the final game at Foxboro Stadium to advance to the AFC Championship game.

Jan 6, 2002
The Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 38-6 and finished the 2001 season with an 11-5 record. They tied a franchise record with 11 victories and claimed their third AFC East title in six seasons.

Nov 19, 2001

The grass playing surface is installed at CMGI Field.

Oct 1, 2001
Installation of the new scoreboards and video boards is begun.

Sep 30, 2001
Former tackle Bruce Armstrong is inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Aug 6, 2001
Seat installation begins at CMGI Field.

Aug 6, 2001
Patriots quarterback coach Dick Rehbein died due to a heart condition at the age of 45.

Jul 30, 2001
The Neponset River is daylighted and diverted into a new corridor on the stadium site.

Mar 22, 2001
In celebration of a long-standing construction tradition, the final beam was hoisted into place at CMGI Field to signify the "topping off" of the structure's steel.

Dec 17, 2000
Punter Lee Johnson became the all-time leading punter in NFL history, surpassing Dave Jennings mark of 1,154 punts. Johnson finished the 2000 season with 1,163 punts.

Nov 19, 2000

Tackle Bruce Armstrong became the Patriot's all-time leader in games played when he started his 207th career game vs. Cincinnati.

Oct 1, 2000
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe became the Patriots all-time leading passer, surpassing Steve Grogan's total of 26,886 yards. At the conclusion of the 2000 season, Bledsoe had thrown for 29,257 yards during his eight-year career.

Aug 23, 2000
The Patriots announce the naming rights to their new stadium, CMGI Field.

Jun 15, 2000
The Patriots new stadium's first concrete foundation is poured.

May 27, 2000
The Patriots unveil their new uniforms at WBCN's River Rave concert. The new uniforms will feature a color change from a royal blue to a new Nautical Blue. It is the first design change the team has had in five years. With the exception of that change in color, the Patriots logo will remain the same.  

Apr 18, 2000
The New England Patriots unveil the designs for their new stadium in a press conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Apr 4, 2000

The Patriots are featured in three prime-time games, including their second appearance on Thanksgiving Day, when the NFL announces its 2000 schedule.

Feb 1, 2000
The Patriots extend their consecutive sellout streak at Foxboro Stadium to 61 games in their 1999 season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Jan 27, 2000
Patriots name Bill Belichick as their 14th head coach. Prior to joining the Patriots, Belichick served as the N.Y. Jets assistant head coach and secondary coach from 1997-99.

Jan 2, 2000
The Patriots extend their consecutive sellout streak at Foxboro Stadium to 61 games in their 1999 season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. 

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Jun 1, 1999
"Patriots All-Access", the Patriots weekly television show wins a New England Emmy for Best Sports Series.

Apr 1, 1999
The NFL annouces the 1999 schedule and the Patriots are featured om three nationally televised prime time games at Foxboro stadium. They will appear in two Sunday night games and ne Monday night Football game, Nov. 17 vs. the New York Jets. It marks the third consecutive year they've hosted the MNF game, following a 15 year absence.

Feb 7, 1999
Patriots CB Ty Law returns an interception 67-yards for a touchdown to propell the AFC to a 23-10 victory in the Pro Bowl. Law, who was attending the game for the first time, was named co-MVP for his efforts.

Jan 3, 1999
New England was defeated 25-10 by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Wild Card playoff game.

Dec 20, 1998
The Patriots defeat the San Francisco 49ers 24-21 and qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive year - establishing a franchise record.

Dec 13, 1998
QB Drew Bledsoe completed a 4-yard pass to TE Lovett Purnell to become the Patriots' all-time leading completion leader, surpassing Steve Grogan (1,876).

Apr 4, 1998
The NFL released its schedule for the 1998 season and the Patriots were featured in four nationally televised games, three Monday Night Football contests and one on ESPN Sunday Night. The Patriots' three MNF games tied a team record, which was set in 1980 and equaled in 1997.

Mar 9, 1998
The Patriots appointed Don Lowery Vice President of Player Development and Community Affairs.

Mar 5, 1998
The Patriots announced the promotion of Andre Tippett, to Assistant Director of Pro Scouting.

Feb 23, 1998
William H. "Billy" Sullivan Jr., the founder of the New England Patriots, died at the age of 82 in Atlantis, Fla.

Jan 3, 1998
The Patriots lost 7-6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Playoff round.

Dec 28, 1997
The Patriots won their third home playoff game in two years when they defeated the Miami Dolphins,17-3.

Dec 22, 1997

The Patriots clinched their second consecutive AFC East Division Championship with a 14-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins. It was their first back-to-back Division Championship in franchise history and their third playoff appearance in four years. With their victory over the Dolphins, the Patriots finished the 1997 season 7-1 against their division opponents, which tied a franchise record set in 1986.

The Patriots set a franchise attendance record during the 1997 season, reporting 1,024,949 fans. It was also just the second time in franchise history that they have eclipsed a million fans in a season.

Sep 21, 1997
For third time in team history, and first since 1974, the Patriots started the 1997 season 4-0 with a 31-3 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Sep 15, 1997

Long-time Patriot scout, Robert S. Teahan, died at the age of 76.

Aug 25, 1997
The Patriots introduce the world's first direct to digital nightly video webcast. The webcast contains everything from Patriots player interviews and press conferences to game reviews and previews.

Aug 21, 1997
The New England Patriots and WBCN - 104.1 FM extended their partnership through 2002.

Jul 26, 1997
Former Patriot CB Mike Haynes is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

May 3, 1997
Patriots sell out each 1997 regular season contest for the fourth consecutive season. Individual game tickets were sold in just three hours.

Mar 26, 1997
The NFL releases its 1997 regular season schedule and the Patriots are featured on six nationally televised games, including three Monday Night Football contests.

Feb 3, 1997
The Patriots name Pete Carroll as their 13th head coach. Carroll, former head coach of the New York Jets in 1994, spent the '95 and '96 seasons as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Jan 31, 1997
Bill Parcells steps down as head coach of the New England Patriots.

Jan 26, 1997
The Patriots lose 35-21 to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. The two teams set a Super Bowl record for most points scored by both teams in the first quarter with 24. The game was the fourth most-watched program in television history.

Jan 12, 1997
Otis Smith's 47-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 2:36 remaining enabled the Patriots to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6 and earn their second AFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XXXI.

Jan 5, 1997
The Patriots win their first home playoff game in team history by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-3 in Foxboro Stadium.

Dec 21, 1996
The Patriots score 23 unanswered second half points and defeat the N.Y. Giants 23-22 to secure a first-round playoff bye and first home playoff game since 1978. WR Terry Glenn finished the 1996 season with 90 receptions, setting a new league reception record (83 by Earl Cooper - 1980).

Dec 15, 1996
The Patriots clinch their first AFC Division title since 1986.p

Dec 8, 1996
The Patriots clinch their second playoff berth in two years by defeating the N.Y. Jets 34-10.

Sep 1, 1996
The official home page of the New England Patriots (www.patriots.com) launches its new look.

Jul 20, 1996
Owner Robert Kraft signs QB Drew Bledsoe to a seven-year contract extension.

Feb 2, 1996
The Patriots sign a three-year pact with Bryant College to continue as the host for training camp. The team has held their training camps in Smithfield, R.I. since 1976 and with this extended agreement they will continue through 1998.

Apr 29, 1995
For the first time in franchise history, every home game is sold out before the season begins as the remaining 15,000 tickets are sold individually to non-season ticket holders.

Mar 29, 1995

The Patriots publish their premier issue of Patriots Football Weekly, the team's official newspaper.

Feb 9, 1995
The Patriots announce Boston's ABC affiliate WCVB-TV (Channel 5) as their preseason television flagship station. WCVB will televise three preseason games and a weekly Patriots show, hosted by Mike Lynch.

Jan 1, 1995
The Cleveland Browns defeat the Patriots 20-13 in a wild-card playoff game.

Dec 24, 1994
The Patriots defeat the Chicago Bears 13-3, clinching the teams first playoff berth since 1986.

Dec 24, 1994
The Patriots defeat the Chicago Bears 13-3, clinching the teams first playoff berth since 1986.

May 12, 1994
Andre Tippett is appointed director of player resources upon his announced retirement.

Feb 26, 1994
Patriots fans respond to the sale by purchasing 5,968 season tickets, a Patriots single-day sales record.

Feb 25, 1994
The sale of the Patriots from James Orthwein to Robert K. Kraft becomes official.
Jan 21, 1994
Robert K. Kraft becomes the Patriots fourth owner in the club's 35-year history with an agreement to purchase the team from James Orthwein.

Jan 2, 1994
Patriots LB Andre Tippett sacked Dolphin QB Scott Mitchell and recorded his 100th career sack. Tippett leads all Patriots with 100 sacks (Julius Adams ranks second with 79.5) and currently ranks 16th on the NFL's all-time list.

Aug 18, 1993

Bob Dee, Jim Lee Hunt, Steve Nelson and Babe Parilli are inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Mar 31, 1993
The Patriots unveil their new logo and uniforms at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. The new icon features a streamlined head of a minuteman while the primary color of the uniforms changes from red to blue.

Feb 25, 1993
Patriots designate linebacker Vincent Brown as the club's first transitional player under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Jan 21, 1993
Bill Parcells is named head coach of the Patriots, replacing Dick MacPherson (who was relieved of his duties on Jan. 8). Parcells becomes the team's 12th head coach. In addition, Patrick Forte is named Executive Vice President of Football Operations and James Hausmann is named Executive Vice President of Business Operations.

Jan 9, 1993
Sam Jankovich, the Patriots' chief executive officer for the past two seasons, resigns.

May 21, 1992

Patriots begin two-year deal with WLVI-TV (Channel 56) that gives the station the right to televise the team's preseason games as well as a weekly in-season Patriots magazine show.

May 11, 1992
James B. Orthwein purchases the controlling interest of the Patriots from Victor K. Kiam II. Orthwein becomes Chairman of the Board of the club while Francis W. Murray, the club's minority owner, becomes President. Sam Jankovich remains the Chief Executive Officer.

Jul 27, 1991
Former Patriots' offensive guard John Hannah is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
 
May 3, 1991
The installation of a natural grass playing surface at Foxboro Stadium is completed.

Jan 7, 1991
Dick MacPherson is named head coach of the Patriots, replacing Rod Rust (who was relieved of his duties on Jan. 4). MacPherson, Syracuse University's head coach for the past 10 seasons, becomes the team's 11th head coach.

Dec 20, 1990
Sam Jankovich, the University of Miami's Athletic Director from 1982-90, is named the chief executive officer of the Patriots.

Mar 14, 1990

Former Patriots' offensive guard John Hannah and cornerback Mike Haynes are selected to the National Football League's All-1980s team, while current linebacker Andre Tippett was named to the second-team.

Feb 27, 1990
Rod Rust is named the head coach of the Patriots, replacing Raymond Berry (who was relieved of his duties on Feb. 26). Rust, a former Patriots' defensive coordinator, becomes the team's 10th head coach.

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Jan 6, 1989
Running back John Stephens is named the Old Spice/NFL Rookie of the Year.

Dec 4, 1988
Veteran wide receiver Stanley Morgan catches his 500th career reception vs. Seattle.

Nov 23, 1988
K-Korp, a company co-owned by Robert Kraft, purchases Sullivan Stadium.

Oct 28, 1988
Victor K. Kiam II becomes majority owner of the Patriots. He will be chairman of the team. Francis W. Murray, the minority owner, is the vice chairman. William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr., the founder and previous owner, remains as the team's president. The Kiam, Murray and Sullivan team is known as KMS Limited.

Jul 28, 1988
Victor K. Kiam II, the owner and chief executive officer of Remington Products, Inc. of Bridgeport, Conn., agrees to purchase the team from William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr.

Jul 11, 1988

The Patriots retire the number 57 worn by 14-year linebacker Steve Nelson, who had retired following the 1987 season. Nelson played in three Pro Bowls and led the team in tackles for eight years.

Nov 29, 1987
Cornerback Raymond Clayborn ends his consecutive games played streak at 161 when he couldn't play vs. Philadelphia at Sullivan Stadium due to a knee injury suffered the week before vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 22. Clayborn, who went on IR on Nov. 24 (spent rest of season on IR), broke Gino Cappelletti's record of 152 consecutive games-played and Ray Hamilton's 110 consecutive starts.

Sep 13, 1987
Patriots become first NFL team to have its games on a French-speaking radio network on a regular basis. CKLM—a 50,000-watt station out of Laval, Quebec, Canada—was the flagship station (others were CJSA in Ste. Agatle, Que.; CKSL in St. Jovite, Que., and CJER in St. Jerome, Que.). Pierre Donais was the announcer.

Patriots begin four-year, five-million dollar contract with WHDH-Radio in Boston.

Dec 31, 1986
NEP Partners purchase a three-year option to buy the Patriots.

Dec 7, 1986

WR Stanley Morgan establishes a new team record for catches in one season with his 67th catch (had five catches on the day). Morgan, who finished the season with 84 catches, broke Derrick Ramsey's previous mark of 66 catches, set in 1984.

Sep 21, 1986

QB Tony Eason throws for a then team record 414 yards The Patriots lost to Seattle, 38-31, in the game played in Foxboro. Eason was 26 of 45 with three TDs and no interceptions.

Sep 7, 1986
1985 AFC Championship banner is raised at Sullivan Stadium in pregame ceremony prior to the season opener vs. Indianapolis. The banner is 10 feet wide and 15 feet long. Mr. William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr. is joined by the governors from each of the New England states.

Jun 30, 1986
John Hannah, who was selected to the Pro Bowl a team record nine times, announces his retirement from the NFL. He retires ranked fourth in the team's record book for games-played with 183.

Jun 30, 1986
John Hannah, who was selected to the Pro Bowl a team record nine times, announces his retirement from the NFL. He retires ranked fourth in the team's record book for games-played with 183.

Jun 12, 1986
Coach Raymond Berry, who led the Patriots to the AFC Championship and Super Bowl XX in his first full season as the team's head coach, signs new five-year contract.

Jan 27, 1986
Defensive end Julius Adams retires after 15 years (all with the Patriots). Adams, the team's number two draft choice in 1971 out of Texas Southern, was the oldest active defensive lineman in the league at age 37 when he retired. He still holds the club record for games played with 210.

Jan 12, 1986
The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins, 31-14, thus winning their first AFC Championship in team history. In doing so, the Patriots ended an 18-game losing streak at the Orange Bowl which started following their last win in 1966.

Dec 28, 1985
The Patriots defeated the New York Jets, 26-14, at The Meadowlands (East Rutherford, N.J.) in the AFC wild-card game. With the victory the Patriots won their first NFL playoff game (the Patriots had an 0-3 NFL playoff record prior to the game).

Oct 13, 1985
Raymond Clayborn establishes a new team record for consecutive starts by starting his 111th straight game. Ray Hamilton had the old mark of 110 (set Sept. 16, 1973 to Oct. 26, 1980). Clayborn celebrated the record-setting day by scoring his first professional touchdown on a 27-yard interception return.

Oct 13, 1985
Raymond Clayborn establishes a new team record for consecutive starts by starting his 111th straight game. Ray Hamilton had the old mark of 110 (set Sept. 16, 1973 to Oct. 26, 1980). Clayborn celebrated the record-setting day by scoring his first professional touchdown on a 27-yard interception return.

Oct 25, 1984
Hall of Fame receiver Raymond Berry is named the head coach of the Patriots, replacing Ron Meyer. Berry, a former Patriots assistant coach, becomes the team's ninth head coach.

Aug 10, 1984
The Patriots install a new SuperTurf surface at Sullivan Stadium. The original SuperTurf was installed in 1977.

Jun 5, 1984
In the first-ever NFL Supplemental Draft, the Patriots select slotback Ricky Sanders of the Houston Gamblers, running back Eric Jordan of the Oakland Invaders and quarterback Walter Lewis of the Memphis Showboats.

Jun 1, 1984
The Patriots organize a fan advisory board, a group of season ticket holders who will help advise the Patriots on how to make Sullivan Stadium a more exciting and more pleasant place to bring a family to watch an NFL game.

Jun 29, 1983
Sullivan Stadium is officially rededicated and the Boston Pops performs a concert in the stadium that is open free-of-charge to the public.

May 23, 1983
Schaefer Stadium is renamed Sullivan Stadium in honor of the founder and driving force behind the Patriots franchise, William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr.

May 17, 1983

William F. Finucane and Jeannette Allen Keefe are elected to the Patriots' Board of Directors.

Feb 16, 1983
General manager Bucko Kilroy is promoted to the position of Vice President and Patrick Sullivan, assistant general manager for four years, is named general manager.

Jan 8, 1983
In their first playoff appearance since 1978, the Patriots lose to the eventual AFC Champion Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, 28-13.

Dec 12, 1982
The Patriots defeat the Miami Dolphins 3-0 in the infamous "Snow Plow Game." Mark Henderson used his snow plow and cleared a kicking surface on the Schaefer Stadium turf for John Smith. Smith then connected on a 33-yard field goal which would be the only scoring of the game.

Jan 15, 1982
Ron Meyer, head coach at Southern Methodist University from 1976-81, is named the Patriots' eighth head coach in club history.

Nov 29, 1981
FB Sam Cunningham, with 35 yards on nine carries against St. Louis at Foxboro, surpasses Jim Nance (5,323 yards on 1,323 carries) as the Patriots' all-time career rushing leader.

Apr 8, 1980
William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr., President of the Patriots, is re-elected as Chairman of the Board of NFL Properties.

Feb 25, 1980
Paul Sonnabend resigns as Executive Director of the NFL Management Council and is appointed as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Patriots.

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Dec 16, 1979
In a 27-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings to close out the 1979 regular season, WR's Harold Jackson and Stanley Morgan became the first and second players in Patriots' history to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving single-season mark. Jackson finished the 1979 campaign with 1,013 yards and Morgan totaled 1,002.
Oct 23, 1979
Jeanne Sullivan McKeigue is elected as member of the club's Board of Directors.

Sep 3, 1979
Former Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley is named Executive Director of Player Personnel.

Apr 6, 1979
Francis "Bucko" Kilroy's named general manager and former Patriots offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt is named the head coach.

Apr 2, 1979
Patriots announce that head coach and general manager Chuck Fairbanks has been released from his contract to assume duties as head football coach at the University of Colorado.

Dec 31, 1978
Patriots lose 31-14 to Houston in first playoff game ever played in Foxboro.

Dec 10, 1978
Patriots clinch their first outright divisional championship in the club's history with a last minute 26-24 victory over Buffalo at home.

Sep 3, 1978
Mrs. William H. (Mary M.) Sullivan, Jr. elected to the Patriots board of directors.

Aug 20, 1977
Work completed on installation of new surface (Super Turf) in Schaefer Stadium.

Dec 18, 1976
Lost AFC wild card playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Oakland Raiders, 24-21, in the final 10 seconds of play.

Dec 8, 1976
Non-voting stockholders approve offer of $15 per share made by Billy Sullivan to purchase all non-voting stock.

Dec 5, 1976
Patriots defeat New Orleans 27-6 at Foxboro to qualify for their first NFL playoff appearance and their first playoff appearance since the 1963 AFL Championship game.

Jul 10, 1976
Patriots open their training camp for the first time at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. after spending the summers of 1969-75 at UMass/Amherst.

Nov 7, 1975

President William H. Sullivan, Jr. became the first majority owner in club history when he purchased additional voting stock to give him 88 percent of the franchise's voting stock.

Feb 17, 1973
Chuck Fairbanks is named head coach and general manager.

Jan 30, 1973
The Patriots solidify their franchise for years to come when they selected John Hannah (4th overall), RB Sam Cunningham (11th) and WR Darryl Stingley (19th) in the first round of the 1973 draft.  

Feb 17, 1972
Made financial history by paying first cash dividend of 15 cents per share.

Aug 15, 1971
The Patriots make their debut at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro. Gino Cappelletti kicked a 36-yard FG for the first points scored in the stadium as the Patriots topped the N.Y. Giants 20-14 before 60,423 fans.

Mar 22, 1971
The Boston Patriots are renamed the New England Patriots.

Nov 12, 1970
John Mazur replaces Clive Rush as head coach.

Sep 23, 1970
Official ground-breaking ceremonies begin for the construction of the Patriots' new stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The stadium opened nearly one year later.

Apr 4, 1970
Foxboro, Mass. selected as the new playing site for the Patriots.

Feb 1, 1970
The American and National Football League's announced their merger, forming a common league with 26 teams, 13 in the American Football Conference and 13 in the National Football Conference.

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Jan 30, 1969
Patriots appoint Clive Rush as vice president and head coach.

Dec 17, 1967
Jim Nance finishes the season with 1,216 yards rushing and becomes the first player in AFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

Aug 13, 1967

Patriots played the Baltimore Colts of the NFL in a preseason game. It was the first time the Patriots had played an NFL team. The Patriots lost the game 33-3.

Dec 17, 1966

Jim Nance rushes for 78 yards against the New York Jets in the season finale giving him 1,458 yards rushing for the season, a Patriots single-season team record until 1995. Nance was later honored with the league's Most Valuable Player award.

Dec 20, 1964
Gino Cappelletti finished the season with 155 total points, which still ranks third in NFL history.

Jan 5, 1964
The Patriots lose the AFL title game, 51-10, to the Chargers at San Diego.

Nov 10, 1963
Gino Cappelletti became the first player in AFL history to score more than 1,000 points in his career. He reached the milestone on a 19-yard touchdown reception from Tom Sherman.

Nov 10, 1963
Gino Cappelletti became the first player in AFL history to score more than 1,000 points in his career. He reached the milestone on a 19-yard touchdown reception from Tom Sherman.

Oct 11, 1963
Patriots play their first game in Fenway Park and beat Oakland 20-14.

Dec 12, 1962
The Oakland Raiders claim one of the AFL's most shocking upsets with a 20-0 victory over the Patriots in the season finale. It was the Raiders' only victory of the season and knocked the Patriots out of championship contention.

Nov 18, 1962
QB Babe Parilli suffers a broken collar bone in a game at Houston. The Patriots lost the game and their first-place standing in the division.

Sep 16, 1962
Opened the season at Harvard Stadium and beat the Houston Oilers 34-21. The Patriots played the remainder of their games at Boston University Field.

Dec 17, 1961
The Patriots ended the season with a 41-0 shutout over San Diego to finish with a 9-4-1 record, second in the AFL Eastern Division. The 41-point margin of victory remains the largest shutout victory in Patriots history.

Oct 20, 1961
The Patriots' game with the Buffalo Bills at Boston University is postponed due to the threat of a hurricane. The game was played two days later (10/22) and the Patriots scored a 52-21 victory.

Oct 10, 1961
Mike Holovak replaces Lou Saban as head coach.

Nov 22, 1960
Northwestern RB Ron Burton is selected as first draft choice and Syracuse RB Gerhardt Schwedes is made territorial choice. Mike Holovak is named director of player personnel. He was the first executive hired.

Sep 16, 1960

DB Chuck Shonta recovered a fumble on the final play of the game and ran for a touchdown to give the Patriots their first victory with a 28-24 advantage over the N.Y. Titans at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Sep 9, 1960
In their first regular season game, the Patriots open with a 13-10 loss to Denver at B.U. Field before a crowd of 21,597.

Aug 14, 1960
Patriots play their first home game ever at Harvard Stadium, a 24-14 loss to the Dallas Texans before 11,000 fans.

Jul 30, 1960
In the AFL's first ever preseason game, the Patriots defeat Buffalo 28-7 at War Memorial Stadium. Patriots DE Bob Dee recovered a fumble for the league's first touchdown.

Jul 4, 1960
Team opens first training camp at the University of Massachusetts, 350 players attended.

Apr 19, 1960
Uniformed Patriot centering football (creative work of Boston/Worcester cartoonist Phil Bissell) is adopted as team logo.

Apr 2, 1960

Patriots become first pro team in history to issue public stock.

Apr 1, 1960
Boston University Field is named as the Patriots' first home.

Feb 20, 1960
As the result of a public contest, the team nickname of Patriots is chosen. The Patriots also announce that the team colors will be red, white and blue.

Feb 8, 1960
Lou Saban is appointed first head coach.

Dec 20, 1959
Clemson QB Harvey White becomes the first player to sign a Boston Patriots contract.

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