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Game Notes: Patriots win 11th straight AFC East title

TEAM NOTES

  • Patriots win 11th straight AFC East title; 19th AFC East title during Robert Kraft ownership and 17th AFC East title during Bill Belichick's and Tom Brady's tenure.
  • Patriots win 12 games for 13th time 
  • Julian Edelman now has the most receptions from Tom Brady

PATRIOTS WIN AFC EAST FOR THE 19TH TIME UNDER KRAFT

The Patriots claimed the AFC East Division title for the 11th consecutive season and for the 19th time under Robert Kraft.

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE 1994

New England Patriots 19

Pittsburgh Steelers 13

Green Bay Packers 12

Indianapolis Colts 10

PATRIOTS EXTEND NFL RECORD TO 11 STRAIGHT DIVISION TITLES

The Patriots extended their NFL record to 11 straight division titles, the longest streak in NFL history. They join the Atlanta Braves (14) as the only franchises from the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL to win at least 10 straight division titles. The New York Yankees (1998-06), Colorado Avalanche (1995-03), LA Lakers (1982-90) and Boston Celtics (1957-65) are the teams from the other major four sports that have streaks of nine straight titles.

PATRIOTS HAVE MOST DIVISION TITLES SINCE REALIGNMENT

The New England Patriots have won 16 division titles and have 16 playoff berths since realignment in 2002, the most in the NFL.

MOST DIVISION TITLES SINCE 2002 REALIGNMENT

Team Division Titles Playoff Berths

New England.................. 16........................ 16

Green Bay........................ 9......................... 13

Indianapolis.................... 9......................... 12

Seattle............................. 8......................... 12

Pittsburgh........................ 8......................... 11

Philadelphia.................... 7........................... 9

PATRIOTS REACH 12 WINS FOR 13TH TIME;

TIED WITH SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE MOST 12-WIN SEASONS SINCE THE MERGER

The Patriots are tied with San Francisco with 13 12-win seasons since 1970.

12-Win Seasons Since 1970 Merger

1t. New England 13

1t. San Francisco 13

3. Dallas 12

4. Denver 11

5. Pittsburgh 10

6. Indianapolis 8

DEFENSE HAD FOUR SACKS AGAINST BUFFALO AND HAS 45 FOR THE SEASON

The Patriots defense finished with four sacks and now has 45 sacks in 2019. The Patriots record for most sacks under Bill Belichick is 49 in 2015.

PATRIOTS HAVE HELD OPPONENTS SCORELESS IN 30 QUARTERS;

WITH ONE GAME TO GO THE PATRIOTS ARE GUARANTEED TO SET NFL MARK

The Patriots have held teams scoreless in 30-of-60 quarters in 2019. The most scoreless quarters by a defense since 1970 is 40 by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. The Patriots are guaranteed to break that record with one game to go.

PATRIOTS EXTEND STREAK TO 24 STRAIGHT GAMES WITHOUT ALLOWING A 300-YARD PASSER

The Patriots extended their streak to 24 straight games without allowing a 300-yard passer. It is the longest current streak in the NFL. The last team to go 24-plus games without allowing a 300-yard passer was Denver from 2016-18. It is the longest streak by the Patriots since a 31-game streak from 1981-83. The last time the Patriots allowed a 300-yard passer was Oct. 21, 2018 at Chicago when Mitchell Trubisky passed for 333 yards.

PATRIOTS EARN THIRD STRAIGHT SERIES SWEEP OF BUFFALO

The Patriots earned their third straight series sweep of Buffalo, 27th series sweep overall and the 15th series sweep under Bill Belichick.

PATRIOTS AVOID A TWO-GAME LOSING STREAK AT HOME

With the victory, the Patriots avoided a two-game losing streak at home. The Patriots have gone 103 straight home games, including the playoffs without a two-game losing streak. The next closest streak in NFL history is 88 games by the Miami Dolphins (1976-88).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

BELICHICK EXTENDS NFL RECORD TO 11 STRAIGHT DIVISION TITLES

Bill Belichick extended his NFL record to 11 straight division titles. Paul Brown (1950-55), Tom Landry (1966-71), Bud Grant (1973-78) and Chuck Noll (1974-79) are next on the list after leading their teams to six straight titles.

NFL Coaches with the Most Consecutive Division Titles

Head Coach Teams Consecutive Division Titles

Bill Belichick Patriots 11 (2009-2019)

Paul Brown Cleveland 6 (1950-1955)

Tom Landry Dallas 6 (1966-1971)

Bud Grant Minnesota 6 (1973-1978)

Chuck Noll Pittsburgh 6 (1974-1979)

BELICHICK EXTENDS HIS NFL RECORD TO 17 DIVISION TITLES

Belichick guided the Patriots to the AFC East title in 2019. It is his 17th division title as a head coach, the most by a head coach since the 1970 merger. Don Shula is second with 11 division titles since the merger. Overall, Belichick's 17 division titles are the most in NFL history among NFL head coaches. Shula and Tom Landry are second with 13 titles.

BELICHICK WINS 12 FOR 13TH TIME

Belichick added to his NFL record with his 13th 12-win season. Don Shula is second with eight. Belichick owns the record with eight consecutive 12 win seasons (2010-17). Tony Dungy (2003-08) and Tom Landry (1976-81) are second with six straight 12-win seasons.

NFL HEAD COACHES WITH THE MOST 12-WIN SEASONS

Head Coach Team(s) 12-win Seasons

Bill Belichick NE 13

Don Shula BAL, MIA 8

Tony Dungy IND 6

Tom Landry DAL 6

Marty Schottenheimer CLE, KC, SD 5

Andy Reid PHI, KC 5

George Seifert SF, Car 5

BRADY EXTENDS RECORD TO 11 STRAIGHT DIVISION TITLES;

WINS 17TH DIVISION TITLE OVERALL

Tom Brady extended his NFL record by leading the Patriots to their 11th straight division title in 2019.

NFL RECORD FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE DIVISION TITLES BY A STARTING QB

Player Team Consecutive Division Titles

Tom Brady Patriots 11 (2009-2019)

Terry Bradshaw Steelers 6 (1974-1979)

Fran Tarkenton Vikings 6 (1973-1978)

NFL RECORD FOR MOST DIVISION TITLES

Player Career Division Titles

Tom Brady 17

Peyton Manning 12

Joe Montana 9

Brett Favre 8

Terry Bradshaw 7

John Elway 7

BRADY IS TIED WITH PEYTON MANNING FOR SECOND-MOST REGULAR SEASON TD PASSES

Brady, who is already the all-time leader in total (regular season and postseason) touchdowns with 612, added one against Buffalo and is tied with Peyton manning (539) for second-place, behind the 541 touchdown passes by Drew Brees.

Most Career Touchdown Passes (Regular Season)

Player Touchdowns

Drew Brees 541

Tom Brady 539

Peyton Manning 539

Brett Favre 508

Dan Marino 420

BRADY WINS 12 FOR 13TH TIME

Since entering the NFL in 2000, Tom Brady's teams have reached 12 regular-season wins in 13 different seasons, the most by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

Starting QBs with the most 12-win Regular Seasons in NFL History

Player Seasons

Tom Brady 13

Peyton Manning 11

Brett Favre 6

John Elway 4

Jim Kelly 4

BRADY IS GOOD AGAINST BUFFALO

Brady's 32 wins against Buffalo are most ever by a quarterback against a single team. Buffalo is 0-16 as the road team when Brady starts and finishes a game, including 0-15 at Gillette Stadium. Brady only played in the first half on Dec. 28, 2014 in the regular-season finale vs. Buffalo, a 17-9 Bills win at Gillette Stadium after the Patriots had already wrapped up the AFC East title.

MOST WINS BY A STARTING QUARTERBACK

AGAINST AN OPPONENT (Regular Season Only)

Tom Brady................. 32 wins against Buffalo

Tom Brady............... 29 wins against N.Y. Jets

Brett Favre................. 26 wins against Detroit

Tom Brady.................. 23 wins against Miami

Brett Favre............... 23 wins against Chicago

Ben Roethlisberger 23 wins against Cincinnati

EXTENDS MARK FOR MOST TD TARGETS BY A QB

Brady has thrown a touchdown pass to 76 different players in the regular season, extending his record for most touchdown targets by an NFL quarterback after an 8-yard touchdown pass to TE Matt LaCosse in the first quarter.

Most Touchdown Targets by an NFL Quarterback

QUARTERBACK TD TARGETS

Tom Brady 76

Vinny Testaverde 70

Steve DeBerg 62

Brett Favre 61

WR JULIAN EDELMAN HAS MOST RECEPTIONS FROM TOM BRADY

WR Julian Edelman caught a 7-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first series to move out of a tie with Wes Welker (563) for the most receptions from Brady. He now has 568 receptions from Brady.

TOP TARGETS FROM TOM BRADY

PLAYER RECEPTIONS

Julian Edelman 568

Wes Welker 563

Rob Gronkowski 516

RB REX BURKHEAD SETS SINGLE-GAME HIGH FOR RECEIVING YARDS

RB Rex Burkhead set a single-game career-high in receiving yards with 77 yards on 4 receptions. His previous best was 68 receiving yards vs. L.A. Chargers on Oct. 29, 2017.

TE MATT LACOSSE CHAS FIRST TD PASS AS A PATRIOT; SECOND CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASS

TE Matt LaCosse caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter for his first touchdown pass as a member of the Patriots. It was his second career touchdown. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 25, 2018 when he played for Denver.

NICK FOLK CONNECTS ON A 51-YARD FIELD GOAL;

LONGEST FIELD GOAL OF THE YEAR FOR THE PATRIOTS

Nick Folk connected on a 51-yard field goal in the third quarter, the longest field goal for the Patriots in 2019. The previous long was a 46-yard field goal by Folk at Cincinnati on Dec. 15. Folk finished 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, connecting on a 36, 51 and 20-yard field goal. He has made 25 field goals of 50 or more yards in his career.

HIGHTOWER HAS SECOND MULTI-SACK GAME OF THE 2019 SEASON; 4TH OVERALL

LB Dont'a Hightower finished with 1 ½ sacks against Buffalo. It is the fourth multi-sack game of his career, and the second of the 2019 season. He also had 1 ½ sacks on Oct. 6, 2019 at Washington.

LINEUP NOTES

Jason McCourty returned to action after missing a game due to injury.

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