PATRIOTS WIN AT LEAST 11 GAMES FOR THE 18th TIME IN TEAM HISTORY
The Patriots have won 11 games so far in 2016. It is the 18th time in team history that the team has won at least 11 games in a season and the seventh straight season with at least 11 wins. The Patriots have had 11 or more wins 14 times in Robert Kraft's 23 seasons of ownership after having only four 11-win seasons prior to Kraft purchasing the team (1976, 1978, 1985, 1986).
PATRIOTS SCORE 30 POINTS AGAINST TOP RANKED DEFENSE
The Patriots scored 30 points against the top ranked Baltimore defense. The Ravens entered the game tied for first with the Patriots, allowing just 17.3 points per game.
PATRIOTS SET SINGLE-SEASON HIGH WITH THIRD SAFETY OF THE SEASON
DL Malcom Brown registered the Patriots third safety of the season when he dropped Baltimore RB Kenneth Dixon in the end zone in the first quarter. The Patriots three safeties in 2016 are a team mark. The Patriots registered safeties sin back-to-back games – at Cleveland (10/9) when QB Cody Kessler fumbled out of the end zone and when LB Dont'a Hightower registered one in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/16) when he sacked QB Andy Dalton in the end zone. The Patriots had two safeties in a season six previous times (1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1978 and 1985). The NFL record for most safeties in a season is 6 by the 1964 Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots defense has 10 seasons holding opponents under 20 points per game since 2001, including in each of the last two seasons. The Patriots have allowed 230 points in 13 games for an average of 17.7 points per game. The Patriots defense has held it opponent under 20 points in eight games in 2016. The Patriots held their opponents under 20 points 11 times in 2001 and 2006, the most under Bill Belichick.
PATRIOTS BLOCK THIRD KICK OF THE 2016 SEASON
LB Shea McClellin blocked a first-quarter field goal attempt for the Patriots third blocked kick of the 2016 season. McClellin blocked an extra point attempt vs. Seattle on Nov. 13 and DL Alan Branch blocked a field goal at the New York Jets on Nov. 27. The block was the first miss of the 2016 season by Baltimore K Justin Tucker. The Patriots three blocked kicks are the most blocked kicks New England has recorded since 2014 when the team recorded five on the year (4 field goals and 1 punt) The Patriots' record for most kicks blocked in a season sits at six in 1975 (2 extra points, 3 field goals and 1 punt), while they have tallied five in season on two occasions (2014 and 1973) and four in a season four times (1974, 1977, 1986, 2002).
BLOUNT TIES TEAM MARK FOR MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON
RB LeGarrette Blount scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for his NFL-leading 14th rushing touchdown of 2016 to tie the franchise record for most rushing touchdowns in a season with Curtis Martin. Martin scored 14 rushing touchdowns in 1995 and 1996.
MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS/SEASON IN PATRIOTS HISTORY
14 LeGarrette Blount, 2016
14 Curtis Martin, 1996
14 Curtis Martin, 1995
13 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 2010
13 Corey Dillon, 2006
12 Stevan Ridley, 2012
12 Corey Dillon, 2005
12 Corey Dillon, 2004
12 Antowain Smith, 2001
12 Steve Grogan, 1976
11 BenJarvis Green-Ellis, 2011
11 Horace Ivory,1978
11 Jim Nance, 1966
10 Tony Collins, 1983
BLOUNT GOES OVER 1,000-YARDS;SETS NEW SINGLE-SEASON CAREER HIGH
Blount went over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career after gaining 72 yards to set a new single-season career high with 1,029 rushing yards. Blount had 1,007 rushing yards as a rookie in 2010 with Tennessee. It is the 15th time in team history and first since 2012 that the Patriots would have a 1,000-yard rusher in a season.
BRADY BECOMES ONE OF THREE PLAYERS TO REACH 180 REGULAR-SEASON WINS
Tom Brady, the NFL's all-time leader with 202 career wins, won his 180th regular-season game to join Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (186) as the only NFL quarterbacks with 180 regular season victories.
BRADY NEARING THE TOP FOR WINS OVERALL
Tom Brady has the most wins by an NFL quarterback with 202 career wins. His 202 wins are the fifth most among all players.
BRADY EARNS 100th REGULAR SEASON HOME WIN
Tom Brady earned his 100th career regular season home win as a starter (100-16).
TOM BRADY HAS FIFTH 300-YARD GAME OF 2016
Tom Brady completed 25-of-38 passes for 406 yards for his fifth 300-yard game of 2016. Overall, Brady has 76 career 300-yard games, third in NFL history to the 104 by Drew Brees and the 93 by Peyton Manning.
BRADY HAS NINTH 400-YARD GAME
Brady threw for 406 yards, his second 400-yard game of the 2016 season and the ninth 400-yard game of his career. Brady had 406 yards in the win at Cleveland on Oct. 9.
BELICHICK LEADS PATRIOTS TO 11 WINS – MOST 11-WIN SEASON BY A COACH
The victory over Baltimore is the Patriots' 11th win of the 2016 season. Bill Belichick now has 14 11-win seasons, including 13 with the Patriots to move out of a tie with Don Shula (13) for the most 11-win seasons by a head coach.
BRADY HAS NINTH 70-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS
Tom Brady completed a 79-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan in the fourth quarter for his ninth touchdown pass of 70 or more yards.
DL MALCOM BROWN RECORDS SAFETY
DL Malcom Brown recorded his first safety when he tackled Baltimore RB Kenneth Dixon in the end zone in the first quarter.
LB SHEA MCCLELLIN HAS SECOND BLOCKED KICK OF 2016;FIRST BLOCKED FIELD GOAL OF HIS CAREER
LB Shea McClellin blocked his first ever field goal in the first quarter. It is his second blocked kick of the 2016 season. He blocked an extra point vs. Seattle on Nov. 13.
CHRIS HOGAN HAS SECOND CAREER 100-YARD GAME
WR Chris Hogan had his second career 100-yard game after finishing with five receptions for 129 yards. He had 114 yards at Cleveland on Oct. 9, 2016.
HOGAN HAS LONGEST TOUCHDOWN OF HIS CAREER
Hogan had a 79-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter for a single-game career-high. His previous best was a 63-yard reception at Cleveland on Oct. 9, 2016.
EDELMAN NEARING 100 RECEPTIONS
WR Julian Edelman had 7 receptions to push his 2016 totals to 79 receptions. He needs to average 7 receptions over the final three games to record his second career 100-catch season. In 2013, Edelman finished with 105 receptions.
RB JAMES WHITE HAS SECOND 60-YARD RECEPTION OF CAREER
RB James White turned a short pass into a 61-yard gain in the second quarter for his second 60-yard reception of his career. He had a 68-yard reception in the 2015 regular-season finale at Miami on Jan. 3, 2016. It is the second 60-yard pass play for the Patriots in 2016. Chris Hogan had a 63-yard reception at Cleveland on Oct. 9, 2016.
BRADY HAS TWO 50-YARD PASSES IN THE SAME GAME FOR THE 11 TIME;SECOND TIME IN 2016
Brady connected with RB James White for a 61-yard gain and WR Chris Hogan for a 79-yard touchdown. It is the 11th time in his career that he has thrown at least two 50-yard passes in the same game. It is the second time in 2016 that he has had two 50-yard passes in the same game. He had a 53-yard touchdown pass to TE Rob Gronkowski and a 53-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan at Buffalo on Oct. 30.
CHUNG HAS SECOND CAREER PUNT RETURN
S Patrick Chung returned a third quarter punt for 7 yards. It is his second career punt return. He returned a punt for 4 yards at Denver on Nov. 29, 2015.
WR MATTHEW SLATER RETURNS TO ACTION
WR Matthew Slater returned to action after missing two games due to injury.
ROOKIE S CYRUS JONES MAKES FIRST NFL START
Rookie S Cyrus Jones made his first NFL start in the Patriots nickel defense.