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Game Preview: Patriots host Rams

New England returns home to Gillette Stadium to host the LA Rams.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (66,829).


The New England Patriots improved to a 9-2 record with the win over the Jets last week and have now had a winning record for 16 consecutive seasons. That mark ties the San Francisco 49ers (1983-98) and the Dallas Cowboys (1970-85) for the most consecutive winning seasons since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger.

The Patriots have introduced a series of initiatives throughout the 2016 season to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the 2001 Super Bowl Championship team. The season-long celebration included special content that gives fans the opportunity to relive that magical season. The weekly features will culminate this Sunday with a special reunion of the 2001 team during a halftime ceremony this Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium.


The Patriots will play against the Los Angeles Rams for the first time since a 14-0 loss at Los Angeles on Sept. 13, 1992.

The franchise moved to St. Louis following the 1994 season before returning to Los Angeles this past offseason.

Overall, the Patriots lead the series by a 7-5 margin, including the team's first of four Super Bowl wins in Super Bowl XXXVI.

New England scored one of the greatest victories in franchise history when it defeated the heavily favored Rams for the NFL championship on Feb. 3, 2002, in Super Bowl XXXVI. That victory followed a tight game in the 2001 regular season that ended in a 24-17 St. Louis victory at Foxboro Stadium.

The two team's last played against each other in 2012 in a game played in London on Oct. 28, 2012 with the Patriots winning, 45-7.

This week's game will mark the Rams second visit to Gillette stadium for a regular-season game. The Rams first played at Gillette in the regular season on Oct. 26, 2008, with the Patriots coming out ahead, 23-16.

The Patriots are 4-2 against the Rams in road games, including 2-1 at Anaheim Stadium when the team was located in Los Angeles and 1-1 in games played in St. Louis.

The series dates back to 1974, when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams by a 20-14 score at what was then Schaefer Stadium.


Overall Record, 7-5

Home Record, 2-3
Gillette Stadium, 1-0
Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium, 1-3

Away Record, 4-2
Anaheim Stadium, 2-1
Trans World/Edward Jones Dome, 1-1
Wembley Stadium, 1-0

Neutral Site Record (at Louisiana Superdome), 1-0

Total Points, Patriots 268, Rams 222

Longest winning streak, 3 games

Longest losing streak, 4 games (12/24/89 – 11/18/01)

Bill Belichick vs. St. Louis/LA, 4-2 (4-1 with New England)

Last Meeting:Patriots 45, Rams 7 (October 28, 2012 - Wembley Stadium)


Divisional Standings1st3rd
Total Yards Gained4,2483,246
Total Offense (Rank)386.2 (6)295.1 (31)
Rush Offense115.8 (7)83.1 (29)
Pass Offense270.4 (6)270.4 (6)
Points Per Game26.6 (6)15.5 (32)
Touchdowns Scored3518
Third Down Conversion Pct.46.634.5
Team Passer Rating111.977.8
Total Yards Allowed3,8853,738
Total Defense (Rank)353.2 (14)339.8 (9)
Rush Defense99.5 (13)112.3 (20)
Pass Defense253.6 (18)227.5 (7)
Points Allowed/Game17.9 (3)21.4 (12t)
Touchdowns Allowed2231
Third Down Defense (Pct.)41.339.0
Field Goals Made/Attempted16/2015/18
Possession Avg.30:1429:39
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost20/12327/185
Sacks Made/Yards22/13522/161
Passing TD/Int. (Off.)22/112/12
Passing TD/Int. (Def.)16/520/6
Penalties Against/Yards66/61189/774
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio+3 (9t)-4 (22)


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one win away from becoming the winningest quarterback in NFL history. Brady reached the 200-win mark in 261 career starts, 31 fewer than the 292 by Peyton Manning.


TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WFXT TV Channel 25 in Boston. Kevin Burkhardt will handle play-by-play duties with John Lynch as the color analyst. Pam Oliver will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Pete Macheska and directed by Artie Kempner.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience on Sports USA. Larry Kahn and Hank Bauerwill call the game. Troy West will work the sidelines.

LOCAL RADIO:98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. Produced by Marc Cappello.

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