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A breakdown of milestones and stats to look for against the Dolphins and during the playoffs.

PATRIOTS

  • The Patriots can pass the Oakland Raiders (1973-1977) as 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 will become 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 five straight seasons and need to advance in the postseason in 2016 to match the record of six straight seasons of postseason advancement by the Dallas Cowboys (1991-96).

BILL BELICHICK

  • Bill Belichick (6) needs to reach one more Super Bowl as a head coach to break a tie with Don Shula (6) for the most conference titles.
  • Belichick has four Super Bowl wins as a head coach to match Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll for the most wins. With one more Super Bowl win, Belichick will have the most 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 236 regular seasons wins. He is behind Don Shula (328), George Halas (318) and Tom Landry (250).
  • Belichick's Patriots teams have twice recorded five straight years of playoff advancement (2003-07 and 2011-15), tying the NFL record. If the Patriots advance in 2016, they will set the NFL record. John Harbaugh (2008-12), Mike Holmgren (1993-97), John Madden (1973-77) and Andy Reid (2000-04) also won a playoff game in five consecutive seasons.

TOM BRADY

  • Tom Brady has 204 wins overall (182 in the regular season and 22 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 (182) is just the third NFL quarterback with 180 career regular-season wins, joining Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (186).
  • If Brady reaches 30 or more touchdowns passes in 2016, he will become just the fourth player in NFL history with 30 or more touchdown passes in seven seasons, joining Brett Favre (9), Peyton Manning (9) and Drew Brees (9).
  • Brady is tied with Peyton Manning with four seasons with 35 or more touchdowns and needs to reach 35 touchdowns in 2016 for his fifth season with 35 or more touchdowns to become the all-time leader in this category.
  • Brady became the fifth NFL quarter to reach 60,000 passing yards in the win at the NY Jets 911/27/16). he now has 61,306 passing yards.
  • Brady has passed for 4,000 yards eight times in his career. He needs one more 4,000-yard season to be the third player to reach nine seasons with 4,000 yards, joining Peyton Manning (14) and Drew Brees (11).
  • Brady led the NFL with 36 touchdowns passes in 2015, his fourth time leading the NFL in touchdowns. He tied Drew Brees, Len Dawson, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young for most seasons leading the NFL in touchdown passes.
  • Brady is in 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).

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

  • If Stephen Gostkowski leads the NFL in scoring in 2016, he will set the NFL mark for most seasons leading the NFL in scoring with six, moving past Don Hutson (5) and Gino Cappelletti (5). Gostkowski has led the NFL in scoring in 2008 and 2012-15.
  • Stephen Gostkowski has led the NFL in scoring in each of the last four seasons (2012-15). He can become just the second player to lead the NFL in scoring in five straight seasons in 2016, joining Don Hutson (1940-44).
  • In 2015, Gostkowski became the first NFL player with four seasons of 150 or more points and can add to that in 2016.
  • Gostkowski has the second-best field goal percentage in NFL history from 50 yards or more (76.0 percent (19-of-25).
  • Gostkowski (4) needs one more 30-field goal season to tie David Akers and John Carney for the most in NFL history with five seasons of 30 or more field goals.
  • Gostkowski has led the NFL in field goals three times (2008, 2013 and 2014). If he leads the NFL in field goals in 2016, he will join Lou Groza (5), Jack Manders (4), Ward Cuff (4) and Mark Moseley (4) as the only NFL players to lead the NFL in field goals in at least four seasons.
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