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What to watch for in the playoffs

PATRIOTS

  • The Patriots will look to become the ninth team to repeat as Super Bowl champions and the first team to do so since New England won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004. The Patriots will try to match Pittsburgh as the only other NFL team with back-to-back Super Bowl wins two separate times.
  • The 2015 Patriots can match the Oakland Raiders (1973-1977) as only the second team in NFL history to advance to five straight conference championship games.
  • New England (8) can break a tie with Dallas and Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl berths in NFL history.

ROBERT KRAFT

  • Robert Kraft (24) needs one more postseason win to move out of a third-place tie with the Mara family for postseason wins by an ownership group, behind 33 by the Rooney family and 31 by Green Bay.

BILL BELICHICK

  • Bill Belichick has won four Super Bowls as a head coach and needs one more championship to pass Chuck Noll for most Super Bowl wins in NFL history
  • Belichick (9) can tie Tom Landry (10) for most conference championship game appearances by a head coach.
  • Belichick (6) needs to earn one more Super Bowl berth to pass Don Shula for most appearances all time.

TOM BRADY

  • Tom Brady is currently tied in second place with Jerry Rice with 29 career postseason appearances and needs to play in one more playoff game to tie Adam Vinatieri for the all-time lead with 30 postseason appearances.
  • Brady's eight 300-yard postseason passing performances are one behind Peyton Manning's nine, good for most in NFL history.
  • Brady (8) needs one more playoff game with three-or-more touchdown passes to tie Joe Montana (9) for most three-plus TD playoff games since the NFL merger.
  • Brady (4) needs one more Super Bowl victory to break a tie with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback in NFL history.
  • If Tom Brady (3) wins one more Super Bowl MVP Award, he will pass Joe Montana for most Super Bowl MVP Awards in NFL history.

ROB GRONKOWSKI

  • Rob Gronkowski has 66 overall touchdowns and needs three touchdowns to move past Stanley Morgan (68) to become the all-time leader in touchdowns scored for the Patriots.
  • Gronkowski (65) needs three receiving touchdowns to move past Stanley Morgan (67) to become the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns for the Patriots.

Check out our favorite photos of Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski from the 2015 regular season.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

  • Stephen Gostkowski (117) is tied with Adam Vinatieri for most postseason points in team history.
  • Gostkowski currently sits in seventh place with 117 career postseason points, nine points behind Emmitt Smith and Thurman Thomas.
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