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2016: A Look Back

A look back at the milestones achieved by the 2016 New England Patriots.


  • The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl and join Pittsburgh (6), Dallas (5) and San Francisco (5) as the only teams with at least five Super Bowl wins.
  • The Patriots passed the Oakland Raiders (5 - 1973-1977) to become the only team to advance to six straight Conference Championship games.
  • The Patriots have won eight straight division titles (2009-16) to move past the Los Angeles Rams (7-1973-79) for the most consecutive division titles in NFL history.
  • The Patriots have 16 straight winning seasons to tie the San Francisco 49ers (1983-98) and the Dallas Cowboys (1970-85) for the most consecutive winning seasons since the 1970 merger.
  • The Patriots have qualified for the playoffs for eight straight seasons and became the fifth team in NFL history to play in a postseason game in at least eight consecutive seasons in 2016.
  • The Patriots have advanced in the postseason for six straight seasons (2011-2016) to match the record of six straight seasons of postseason advancement by the Dallas Cowboys (1991-96).


  • Bill Belichick reached his seventh Super Bowl in 2016 to move past Don Shula (6) for the most conference titles.
  • Belichick has five Super Bowl wins as a head coach to move past Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll for the most Super Bowl wins by a head coach in Super Bowl history.
  • Belichick won his 14th division title to move past Tom Landry and Don Shula (13) to set the record for most among all head coaches.
  • Bill Belichick now has 237 regular seasons wins. He is behind Don Shula (328), George Halas (318) and Tom Landry (250).
  • Belichick set the postseason mark with his six straight season of playoff advancement (2011-2016). Belichick (2003-07), John Harbaugh (2008-12), Mike Holmgren (1993-97), John Madden (1973-77) and Andy Reid (2000- 04) won a playoff game in five consecutive seasons.


  • Brady was named MVP of the Super Bowl for the fourth time in his career in Super Bowl LI, the most Super Bowl MVP awards of any player.
  • Brady won his fifth Super Bowl in 2016 to become the only NFL quarterback with five Super Bowl wins.
  • Brady set a Super Bowl record with 466 passing yards in Super Bowl LI, becoming the second player to throw for 400 yards in a Super Bowl (Kurt Warner - 414).
  • Brady's start in Super Bowl LI was his NFL record seventh Super Bowl start, the most among all NFL players.
  • Tom Brady has 208 wins overall (183 in the regular season and 25 in the postseason) and passed Peyton Manning (200: 186 in the regular season and 14 in the postseason) to become the all-time leader for most wins by an NFL quarterback.
  • Brady (183) is just the third NFL quarterback with 180 career regular-season wins, joining Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (186).
  • Brady threw 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions in 2016 for a TD/ INt. ratio of 14.00, the best ever in a single season.
  • Brady threw just two interceptions in 432 pass attempts in 2016 for an interception percenatge of 0.46, the fourth lowest in NFL history.
  • Brady became the fifth NFL quarter to reach 60,000 passing yards in the win at the NY Jets 1(1/27/16). He now has 61,582 passing yards, fourth in NFL history.
  • Brady (27) needs one more AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors to break a tie with Peyton Manning (27) for the most player of the week honors in NFL history.
  • Brady had his 17th season in 2016 and became the longest tenured Patriots player, surpassing the 16 seasons by Steve Grogan (1975-90).
  • Brady's 17 seasons with one team are tied for the most by an NFL quarterback with John Brodie (San Francisco) and Dan Marino (Miami).


  • RB LeGarrette Blount established a team single-season record after leading the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.
  • Blount is the second Patriots player to lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns. Jim Nance led the AFL with 11 rushing touchdowns in 1966 and 7 in 1967.
  • Blount's 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016 are the most by an NFL running back since Adrian Peterson had 18 for Minnesota in 2009.
  • Blount's 18 touchdowns in 2016 are tied with Rob Gronkowski (2011) for the second most in a single season for the Patriots, behind the 23 by Randy Moss in 2007.


  • DB Nate Ebner had a team-leading and career-best 19 special teams tackles in 2016, which was tied with Miami's Michael Thomas (19) for the NFL lead. He has had 10 or more tackles in each of his five NFL seasons.


  • WR Julian Edelman had his second career 1,000-yard receiving season after setting a single-season best with 1,106 yards in 2016. He joins Wes Welker (5), Rob Gronkowski (3), Randy Moss (3), Stanley Morgan (3) and Terry Glenn (2) as the only Patriots players with at least two 1,000-yard seasons. Edelman had 1,056 yards receiving in 2013.



  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Wk. 3 vs. Houston)


  • AFC Offensive Player of the Month (September)


  • NFL Pro Bowl (12th selection)
  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
  • Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year
  • Sporting News All-Pro: First Team
  • AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Wk 5 at Clev. and Wk 11 SF)
  • AFC Offensive Player of the Month (October)
  • PFWA All-AFC Team


  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team


  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team


  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team


  • AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Wk. 17 at Mia.)


  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Wk. 1 at Ari. and Week 13 vs. LA)


  • NFL Pro Bowl (1st selection)
  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 6 vs. Cincinnati)
  • PFWA All-AFC Team


  • NFL Pro Bowl (3rd selection)
  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
  • PFWA All-AFC Team


  • NFL Pro Bowl (6th selection)
  • Associated Press All-Pro: First Team
  • 2017 Bart Starr Award Winner
  • PFWA All-NFL Team
  • PFWA All-AFC Team


  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
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