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Ranking all 18 Games to Glory by playoff round

Ranking all the Patriots playoff wins by round on their way to six championships.


Looking for a unique way outside of free access to NFL Gamepass to relive the Patriots six Super Bowls and all the glory of Tom Brady while you're social distancing? You can now stream all of the Three Games to Glory games here on!

It's a fun way to take in all 18 of the Patriots playoff wins during their march towards six Super Bowl titles, with the high quality camera footage from NFL Films, sounds from on the field as well as the local radio calls.

You've never see these games quite like this. And if you want more content you can purchase the full DVDs which are packed with extras. The first Three Games to Glory might be hard to find (they even produced it on VHS!), but that one featured only the games that you'll find streaming. By the sixth edition it had grown to a three-Blu-Ray set with all kinds of behind the scenes, Belichick breakdowns, footage from the championship parade and more.

The hardest part is where to begin, especially for the early runs. So let's break down the favorites by playoff round.


Divisional Round

1. 2001 vs. Raiders: This is an easy ranking as the "Snow Bowl" is one of the most famous games in Patriots history. The final game at the old stadium in the middle of a snowstorm featured not only the infamous Tuck Rule, but also two of the greatest kicks in NFL history by Adam Vinatieri. The game that sparked the dynasty is a treasure.

2. 2014 vs. Ravens: The Ravens had long been a thorn in the Patriots side and jumped out to two 14-point leads in this game. The Patriots would claw their way back, sparked by the iconic Brady-to-Edelman-to-Amendola touchdown. Brady's touchdown throw to Brandon LaFell was one of the best of his Patriots career.

3. 2004 vs. Colts: A year after knocking off Peyton Manning in the conference championship, the Patriots once again shut down the high-flying Colts offense, holding them to three points in a defensive struggle. The Patriots would pull away in the second half with the only two touchdowns of the game. Perhaps most famous from this game? Tedy Bruschi's postgame comments to television reporters that the Colts could change the rules but it didn't matter to the Patriots.

4. 2003 vs Titans: Steve McNair came to Foxborough as the co-MVP under frigid conditions with a wind chill of -10 at the time of kick off. The Patriots took a late three-point lead on a Vinatieri field goal and the defense closed it out, getting a fourth-down stop just outside of field goal range to preserve the win.

5. 2018 vs. Chargers: Many were predicting the Patriots to lose this game to the Chargers, who had won six-straight road games coming into the contest. The Pats surprisingly found a new gear that day, putting up 41 points powered by Sony Michel's 24 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

6. 2016 vs. Texans: Dion Lewis' 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was an early spark as the Patriots used takeaways to get a win over a Texans squad who hung around into the second half. The defense would pick off Brock Osweiler three times as it was an uncharacteristically off day for Tom Brady, completing just 18-of-38 passes.

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) runs against Kansas City Chiefs defense during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Conference Championship Round

1. 2018 at Chiefs: The Patriots hadn't won a playoff game on the road since 2006 when they took the field in Kansas City against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Despite holding a 17-7 lead going into the fourth quarter, the teams combined to score 38 points in the final frame, sending the game to overtime. The Pats would prevail with an epic 13-play scoring drive in overtime that saw them convert three third-and-10s. No one expected it, but this game was one of the best wins of the 20-year run.

2. 2003 vs. Colts: One of the games that defined the early years of Brady-Manning, the Patriots used a stifling defense to shutdown the second co-MVP in as many weeks. Ty Law would pick off Manning three times as the defense would overwhelm the Colts, leading the way to a signature victory.

3. 2004 at Steelers: The Patriots had lost in Pittsburgh earlier in the season, forcing them on the road for a rematch in the AFC Championship. They'd come out firing with Brady connecting with Deion Branch for an early 60-yard touchdown and take a 24-point lead into the locker room at halftime. They'd close it out behind the hard running of Corey Dillon, avenging the in-season loss.

4. 2001 at Steelers: The Patriots were 10-point underdogs, but a 55-yard Troy Brown punt return for touchdown would spark a strong start. Tom Brady would go down with an injury, as Drew Bledsoe threw a touchdown and Antwan Harris took a blocked field goal attempt to the end zone in third quarter. The Pats would hold on to win with two interceptions on the Steelers final two possessions, winning their first of three AFC Championships on the road.

5. 2016 vs. Steelers: This one lacked the drama of the first two Steelers AFC Championship matchups, as the Patriots never looked back after getting an early 10-point lead. Tom Brady was near perfect as Chris Hogan would pick up 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

6. 2014 vs Colts: Of all the Three Games to Glory this was the most lopsided, as the Patriots would steamroll Andrew Luck's Colts to the tune of 45-7. LeGarrette Blount led the way with 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns as this one was never in doubt.

Super Bowls

1. Super Bowl 36 vs. Rams: There's nothing like the first time. The underdog Patriots outlasted the Greatest Show on Turf and set the stage for the championship runs of the next 20 years. It would be the last time the Patriots would be the plucky upstarts. It might not have been the most thrilling game, but it broke the championship ice for New England.

2. Super Bowl 49 vs. Seahawks: Simply two excellent teams going toe-to-toe for the full 60 minutes. This game had it all, with the Patriots coming back from a 10-point hole and the withstanding a final goal line push after a miraculous catch that brought back terrible memories of recent Super Bowl losses. Malcolm Butler's interception is one of the greatest plays in NFL history.

3. Super Bowl 51 vs. Falcons: A comeback for the ages, the Patriots just couldn't get out of their own way until the third quarter. Down 28-3, the team did everything right in the final quarter-and-a-half, making huge defensive stops and takeaways, and converting multiple scoring drives and two-point conversions. The final drive in overtime was a thing of perfection.

4. Super Bowl 38 vs. Panthers: What started as a defensive struggle exploded into a back-and-forth track meet. There were no scores in the first or third quarters, but 61 scored in the second and fourth. Again it came down to final drive with the game tied at 29 and 1:08 remaining. Tom Brady executed a surgical drive with the game on the line to set up Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard game winner.

5. Super Bowl 39 vs. Eagles: A back-and-forth game that saw the Eagles hanging around just long enough to make things interesting, this was the first Super Bowl where the Patriots needed to close it out with a defensive stop. They'd do just that with Rodney Harrison intercepting Donovan McNabb to cement New England's third championship in four seasons.

6. Super Bowl 53 vs Rams: This was a first for the Patriots - a defensive struggle Super Bowl. You knew one play would make or break this game and that play came in the form of Rob Gronkowski's 29-yard catch to the Rams goal line that would set up the only touchdown score of the game. Stephon Gilmore would follow that up with a lead-preserving interception and the offense would seal the game with a field goal on the ensuing possession.

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