THE HISTORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Professional football arrived in New England on November 16, 1959, when a group of local businessmen, led by former public relations executive William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr. was awarded the eighth and final franchise in the new American Football League. One week later, Northwestern University running back Ron Burton was selected as the franchise's first draft choice and Syracuse running back Gerhardt Schwedes was selected as the team’s first territorial choice.
2010 - CURRENT
May 16, 2018
Matt Light is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
Feb 4, 2018
The Patriots make their NFL-record 10th Super Bowl appearance and the ninth under Robert Kraft's ownership but ultimately fall to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. The team set several Super Bowl records amidst a prolific offensive performance. The 613 yards of overall offense are the most in Super Bowl history, while Tom Brady's 505 yards passing set a new Super Bowl record, surpassing his record-setting 466-yard performance the year before in Super Bowl LI vs. Atlanta. The Patriots also become the first team in Super Bowl history to have three receivers with 100-plus yards when Danny Amendola (152), Chris Hogan (128) and Rob Gronkowski (116) all surpass the century mark.
Feb 3, 2018
Tom Brady is named the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player for the third time in his career.
Jan 21, 2018
Down 10 points in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady led two fourth quarter scoring drives - both capped by touchdown receptions from Danny Amendola - to give the Patriots a 24-20 victory in the AFC Championship game over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The win clinched the organization's NFL-record 10th Super Bowl berth and the ninth appearance since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.
Jan 13, 2018
The Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-14 in the Divisional round to set a new NFL record of seven straight seasons of playoff advancement, surpassing the Dallas Cowboys previous record of six (1991-96).
Dec 31, 2017
The Patriots defeat the New York Jets 26-6 in the season finale and earn the top seed in the AFC playoffs for the seventh time in franchise history, extending their NFL record of most top seeds earned since the current playoff format was instituted in 1990.
Nov 12, 2017
Stephen Gostkowski sets a new franchise record with a 62-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter of the victory over the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City.
Nov 12, 2017
With a 33-8 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City, Bill Belichick earns his 271st career victory as a head coach and passes Tom Landry for sole possession of third place all-time, trailing only George Halas and Don Shula.
Nov 12, 2017
The Patriots play in their third game on foreign soil as part of the NFL's International Series in front of 77,000 fans at Mexico City's historic Estadio Azteca. The Patriots improve to 3-0 on internatonal soil with a 33-8 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Nov 12, 2017
With a 41-16 victory over the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field, Tom Brady earns his 86th career road victory, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning for the most such wins by a quarterback in NFL history.
Oct 15, 2017
With a 24-17 victory over the New York Jets, Tom Brady surpassed Peyton Manning and Brett Favre (186) for the most regular season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history with his 187th victory.
Oct 1, 2017
With a 43-yard reception in the second quarter vs. Carolina, Rob Gronkowski surpasses Wes Welker for the most receiving yards from Tom Brady with 6,338 yards in his career.
Sept 17, 2017
Tom Brady throws for 447 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 2 win over the New Orleans Saints, earning his 28th Player of the Week honor for his efforts, which surpassed Peyton Manning for the most such awards all time.
May 22, 2017
Raymond Clayborn is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
Feb 7, 2017
An estimated one million fans line the streets of Boston for the Patriots victory parade.
Feb 5, 2017
The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat Atlanta, 34-28, in overtime in Super Bowl LI. The Patriots trailed 28-3 with 8:36 to play in the third quarter before scoring 31 points on five of their final six offensive drives to claim the win. The Patriots 25-point comeback is the largest ever in a Super Bowl. The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl and join Pittsburgh (6), Dallas (5) and San Francisco (5) as the only teams with at least five Super Bowl wins.
Jan 22, 2017
New England advances to its ninth Super Bowl in franchise history with a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots sixth consecutive appearance in an AFC Conference Championship game is the most in NFL history.
Jan 14, 2017
The Patriots advance to the AFC Conference Championship with a 34-16 win over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.
Jan 1, 2017
New England finished the 2016 regular season with a 14-2 record.
May 18, 2016
Kevin Faulk is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
Jan 24, 2016
The Patriots lose the AFC Championship Game in Denver, 20-18, marking the team's fifth straight appearance in the conference title game.
Jan 16, 2016
New England defeats Kansas City at Gillette Stadium in an AFC Divisional Playoff, to advance to the AFC Championship game for the fifth straight season. The Patriots join Oakland (1973-77) as the only other team to reach five consecutive conference title games.
Jan 3, 2016
New England finished the 2015 regular season with a 12-4 record.
May 26, 2015
Willie McGinest is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
April 2, 2015
Houston Antwine is selected to the Patriots Hall of Fame by a 10-person senior selection committee.
Feb 4, 2015
More than a million fans line the streets of Boston as the Patriots take part in a rolling rally through the city.
Feb. 1, 2015
The New England Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history in a dramatic, 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. Bill Belichick matches Chuck Knoll with his fourth Super Bowl victory and Tom Brady ties Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl wins. Brady also matches Montana with his third Super Bowl MVP award while completing a Super Bowl record 37 passes while leading his team back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history. He threw at least three touchdown passes in all three playoff games and now owns the NFL record for touchdown passes in the postseason (53) and the Super Bowl (13).Undrafted rookie CB Malcolm Butler intercepted a Seahawks pass at the Patriots goal line with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory for New England.
Jan. 18, 2015
The Patriots capture their record-tying eighth Super Bowl berth in franchise history with a 45-7 win over Indianapolis in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. The seven Super Bowl appearances since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994 are most in the NFL over that span and Kraft is the first owner to have his team in seven Super Bowls.
Dec. 28, 2014
New England finished the 2014 regular season with a 12-4 record and the top seed in the AFC playoffs. The Patriots have now earned the number one seed five times (2014, 2011, 2010, 2007, and 2003). New England’s 12 wins mark the ninth time in franchise history that the Patriots have recorded 12 or more victories in the regular season, and it is the ninth time in the last 12 years that the Patriots have had at least 12 regular-season wins. The Patriots have had at least 12 wins in five straight seasons dating back to 2010. The Patriots finished with a 12-4 regular season record for the third straight year.
Dec. 23, 2014
Seven Patriots are selected to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Stephen Gostkowski, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis and Matthew Slater.
Dec. 21, 2014
The victory at N.Y. Jets is the 250th under Robert Kraft in 368 games, tying George Halas for the fastest an owner has reached 250 wins.
Dec. 14, 2014
The Patriots clinch an AFC East record sixth consecutive division title and qualify for the playoffs for the 22nd time in team history in the win vs. Miami. It is the 16th time in 22 seasons under Robert Kraft ownership that New England has qualified for the playoffs. Bill Belichick passes Don Shula with his 12th division championship, most for a head coach since the 1970 merger.
Nov. 16, 2014
RB Jonas Gray amasses 201 yards rushing on 37 attempts and four rushing touchdowns in a win at Indianapolis. Gray set a new team record with four rushing touchdowns and tied the team record for most overall touchdowns in a single game. He became the first Patriots player to rush for 100 yards in each half of a game, the first player in NFL history to score his first four career rushing touchdowns in a game since 1921 and tied a single-game NFL record with 15 rushing first downs.
Nov. 2, 2014
WR Julian Edelman set a franchise record with his fourth career punt return touchdown when he returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown in a win vs. Denver. Tom Brady passes John Elway into fifth place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list.
Oct. 5, 2014
Tom Brady becomes the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 passing yards in a win vs. Cincinnati.
May 19, 2014
Ty Law is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
Jan. 19, 2014
The Patriots lose the AFC Championship Game in Denver, 26-16, marking the team's third straight appearance in the conference title game and its second consecutive defeat.
Dec. 27, 2013
Four Patriots are selected to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Mattew Slater and Aqib Talib. Stephen Gostkowski would also be added later.
Dec. 22, 2013
The New England Patriots put on a performance worthy of a division champion as they breezed to a 41-7 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots (11-4) were assured of their fifth straight AFC East title before the game started when Miami lost at Buffalo. New England has now qualified for the playoffs 21 times in its history and 15 times under owner Robert Kraft. It is the 11th division crown for Bill Belichick, tied with Don Shula for the most division titles since the 1970 merger. Tom Brady has now led the Patriots to 11 division titles, more than any other starting quarterback in NFL history.
Nov. 24, 2013
The Patriots came back from a 24-point deficit to defeat the Denver Broncos, 34-31, in overtime, marking the largest comeback win in team history. New England trailed 24-0 at halftime.
May 21, 2013
Tedy Bruschi is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
Jan. 20, 2013
The Patriots fall to the Ravens, 28-13, in the AFC Championship game, marking only the second time in team history the club has dropped a conference championship game. The Patriots are now 7-2 in AFC Championship Games, including a 4-1 record at home and a 3-1 record at Gillette Stadium.
Dec. 30, 2012
During a pregame ceremony to honor Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft announced that Santos, the legendary Voice of the New England Patriots, would be a 2013 inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Santos will become the 20th person to be inducted and just the second non-player to earn the honor as a contributor for his off-field contributions to the team.
Dec. 2, 2012
Patriots defeat the Dolphins to clinch their 15th division crown in franchise history, marking the second earliest the team has wrapped up the division title (2007: Nov. 25).
Oct. 9, 2012
Veteran RB Kevin Faulk formally announces his retirement in a press conference at the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon. Faulk, a 1999 second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU, ended his career as the the Patriots' Patriots’ all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,041 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 943 punt return yards). Faulk ranks fifth in Patriots history in rushing yards (3,607), fifth in receptions (431), eleventh in pass receiving yards (3,701) and sixth in total punt return yards (943).
June 4, 2012
Troy Brown is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
May 7, 2012
Veteran T Matt Light formally announces his retirements in a press conference at the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon after a stellar 11-year NFL career. Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick shared their memories in front of a packed house that included fans, media, family members as well as the entire offensive line.
Feb. 5, 2012
The Patriots fell behind to the Giants early and battle back to claim a 17-9 second half lead. But the N.Y. Giants engineered an 88-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Patriots, 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.
Jan. 22, 2012
New England advanced to its seventh Super Bowl (sixth of the Kraft era) as a last-minute Ravens' field goal attempt sails wide left and the Patriots hang on for a 23-20 victory.
Jan. 14, 2012
The Patriots set single-game playoff franchise records for points (45) and yards (509) at home in a 45-10 AFC Divisional round win over Denver.
Dec. 27, 2011
Eight Patriots are selected to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Andre Carter, Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins, Matthew Slater, Brian Waters, Wes Welker, and Vince Wilfork.
Dec. 18, 2011
With a win at Denver, the Patriots clinch a playoff birth for the 13th time in the 18 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.
Aug. 11, 2011
The Patriots dedicate the 2011 season to the late Myra Kraft and debut "MHK" patches on player jerseys and coaching apparel to be worn throughout the season in her honor.
July, 25, 2011
Robert Kraft and Colts C Jeff Saturday share a now-iconic moment during a news conference announcing the end of the four-and-a-half-month lockout. Kraft was recognized by players and owners as critical in getting the deal done.
May 16, 2011
Drew Bledsoe is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.
March 27, 2011
Jon Morris selected to the Patriots Hall of Fame by 10-person senior selection committee.
Feb. 6, 2011
Tom Brady is named the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. He is the first ever unanimous selection.
Feb. 3, 2011
The Patriots offensive line is named to the 2010 Madden Most Valuable Protectorrs.
Feb. 2, 2011
Bill Belichick is named the Associated Press Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
Jan. 2, 2011
New England head coach Bill Belichick guides the Patriots to an NFL-best 14-2 after a 38-7 win over Miami. Belichick becomes the first head coach ever to win at least 14 regular-season games in four separate seasons.
Jan. 2, 2011
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushes for 80 yards in the regular-season finale against the Dolphins to give him 1,008 yards on the season. He becomes the 11th New England player to record a 1,000 yard rushing season and the first since Corey Dillon in 2004.
Dec. 28, 2010
QB Tom Brady, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Devin McCourty, S Brandon Meriweather and DL Vince WIlfork are selected to the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl team. (WR Wes Welker and LT Matt Light are later added to the roster.)
Dec. 26, 2010
The Patriots clinch the AFC East Championship and the AFC's top seed, including home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 34-3 victory at the Buffalo Bills.
Dec. 12, 2010
New England qualifies for the playoffs for the 18th time in its 51-year history with a 36-7 win at Chicago to mark the 12th playoff appearance in the 17 years that Robert Kraft has owned the franchise.
Nov. 25, 2010
Tom Brady records a perfect quarterback rating after finishing 21-of-27 for 341 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 45-24 victory at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. It is the second time in his career that he has finished with a perfect rating (10/21/07 at Miami), making him the third player ever to have more than one game with a perfect rating (min. 20 attempts).
Oct. 23, 2010
Gillette hosts the "Colonial Clash" between the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, the first college football game ever to be played at Gillette Stadium.
Oct. 4, 2010
The Patriots become the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown five different ways in the same game at Miami. The Patriots score a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, have a kickoff returned for a touchdown, block a field goal that is returned for a touchdown and return an interception for a touchdown.
Aug. 2, 2010
Patriot Place announces the completion of a photovoltaic power system that will generate approximately 525 kilowatts of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place.
June 14, 2010
Sam "Bam" Cunningham, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, is selected by fans as the 2010 inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame.