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HISTORY: 1990 - 1999

HISTORY: 1990 - 1999


1990 - 1999

Jun 1, 1999

"Patriots All-Access", the Patriots weekly television show wins a New England Emmy for Best Sports Series.

Apr 1, 1999

The NFL annouces the 1999 schedule and the Patriots are featured on three nationally televised prime time games at Foxboro stadium. They will appear in two Sunday night games and ne Monday night Football game, Nov. 17 vs. the New York Jets. It marks the third consecutive year they've hosted the MNF game, following a 15 year absence.

Feb 7, 1999

Patriots CB Ty Law returns an interception 67-yards for a touchdown to propell the AFC to a 23-10 victory in the Pro Bowl. Law, who was attending the game for the first time, was named co-MVP for his efforts.

Jan 3, 1999

New England was defeated 25-10 by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Wild Card playoff game.

Dec 20, 1998

The Patriots defeat the San Francisco 49ers 24-21 and qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive year - establishing a franchise record.

Dec 13, 1998

QB Drew Bledsoe completed a 4-yard pass to TE Lovett Purnell to become the Patriots' all-time leading completion leader, surpassing Steve Grogan (1,876).

Apr 4, 1998

The NFL released its schedule for the 1998 season and the Patriots were featured in four nationally televised games, three Monday Night Football contests and one on ESPN Sunday Night. The Patriots' three MNF games tied a team record, which was set in 1980 and equaled in 1997.

Mar 9, 1998

The Patriots appointed Don Lowery Vice President of Player Development and Community Affairs.

Mar 5, 1998

The Patriots announced the promotion of Andre Tippett, to Assistant Director of Pro Scouting.

Feb 23, 1998

William H. "Billy" Sullivan Jr., the founder of the New England Patriots, died at the age of 82 in Atlantis, Fla.

Jan 3, 1998

The Patriots lost 7-6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Playoff round.

Dec 28, 1997

The Patriots won their third home playoff game in two years when they defeated the Miami Dolphins,17-3.

Dec 22, 1997

The Patriots clinched their second consecutive AFC East Division Championship with a 14-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins. It was their first back-to-back Division Championship in franchise history and their third playoff appearance in four years. With their victory over the Dolphins, the Patriots finished the 1997 season 7-1 against their division opponents, which tied a franchise record set in 1986.

The Patriots set a franchise attendance record during the 1997 season, reporting 1,024,949 fans. It was also just the second time in franchise history that they have eclipsed a million fans in a season.

Sep 21, 1997

For third time in team history, and first since 1974, the Patriots started the 1997 season 4-0 with a 31-3 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Sep 15, 1997

Long-time Patriot scout, Robert S. Teahan, died at the age of 76.

Aug 25, 1997

The Patriots introduce the world's first direct to digital nightly video webcast. The webcast contains everything from Patriots player interviews and press conferences to game reviews and previews.

Aug 21, 1997

The New England Patriots and WBCN - 104.1 FM extended their partnership through 2002.

Jul 26, 1997

Former Patriot CB Mike Haynes is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

May 3, 1997

Patriots sell out each 1997 regular season contest for the fourth consecutive season. Individual game tickets were sold in just three hours.

Mar 26, 1997

The NFL releases its 1997 regular season schedule and the Patriots are featured on six nationally televised games, including three Monday Night Football contests.

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Feb 3, 1997

The Patriots name Pete Carroll as their 13th head coach. Carroll, former head coach of the New York Jets in 1994, spent the '95 and '96 seasons as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Jan 31, 1997

Bill Parcells steps down as head coach of the New England Patriots.

Jan 26, 1997

The Patriots lose 35-21 to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. The two teams set a Super Bowl record for most points scored by both teams in the first quarter with 24. The game was the fourth most-watched program in television history.


Jan 12, 1997

Otis Smith's 47-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 2:36 remaining enabled the Patriots to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6 and earn their second AFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XXXI.


Jan 5, 1997

The Patriots win their first home playoff game in team history by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-3 in Foxboro Stadium.

Dec 21, 1996

The Patriots score 23 unanswered second half points and defeat the N.Y. Giants 23-22 to secure a first-round playoff bye and first home playoff game since 1978. WR Terry Glenn finished the 1996 season with 90 receptions, setting a new league reception record (83 by Earl Cooper - 1980).

Dec 15, 1996

The Patriots clinch their first AFC Division title since 1986.p

Dec 8, 1996

The Patriots clinch their second playoff berth in two years by defeating the N.Y. Jets 34-10.

Sep 1, 1996

The official home page of the New England Patriots ( launches its new look.

Jul 20, 1996

Owner Robert Kraft signs QB Drew Bledsoe to a seven-year contract extension.

Feb 2, 1996

The Patriots sign a three-year pact with Bryant College to continue as the host for training camp. The team has held their training camps in Smithfield, R.I. since 1976 and with this extended agreement they will continue through 1998.

Apr 29, 1995

For the first time in franchise history, every home game is sold out before the season begins as the remaining 15,000 tickets are sold individually to non-season ticket holders.

Mar 29, 1995

The Patriots publish their premier issue of Patriots Football Weekly, the team's official newspaper.

Feb 9, 1995

The Patriots announce Boston's ABC affiliate WCVB-TV (Channel 5) as their preseason television flagship station. WCVB will televise three preseason games and a weekly Patriots show, hosted by Mike Lynch.

Jan 1, 1995

The Cleveland Browns defeat the Patriots 20-13 in a wild-card playoff game.

Dec 24, 1994

The Patriots defeat the Chicago Bears 13-3, clinching the teams first playoff berth since 1986.

Dec 24, 1994

The Patriots defeat the Chicago Bears 13-3, clinching the teams first playoff berth since 1986.

May 12, 1994

Andre Tippett is appointed director of player resources upon his announced retirement.


Feb 26, 1994

Patriots fans respond to the sale by purchasing 5,968 season tickets, a Patriots single-day sales record.

Feb 25, 1994

The sale of the Patriots from James Orthwein to Robert K. Kraft becomes official.

Jan 21, 1994

Robert K. Kraft becomes the Patriots fourth owner in the club's 35-year history with an agreement to purchase the team from James Orthwein.

Jan 2, 1994

Patriots LB Andre Tippett sacked Dolphin QB Scott Mitchell and recorded his 100th career sack. Tippett leads all Patriots with 100 sacks (Julius Adams ranks second with 79.5) and currently ranks 16th on the NFL's all-time list.

Aug 18, 1993

Bob Dee, Jim Lee Hunt, Steve Nelson and Babe Parilli are inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Mar 31, 1993

The Patriots unveil their new logo and uniforms at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. The new icon features a streamlined head of a minuteman while the primary color of the uniforms changes from red to blue.

Feb 25, 1993

Patriots designate linebacker Vincent Brown as the club's first transitional player under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Jan 21, 1993

Bill Parcells is named head coach of the Patriots, replacing Dick MacPherson (who was relieved of his duties on Jan. 8). Parcells becomes the team's 12th head coach. In addition, Patrick Forte is named Executive Vice President of Football Operations and James Hausmann is named Executive Vice President of Business Operations.

Jan 9, 1993

Sam Jankovich, the Patriots' chief executive officer for the past two seasons, resigns.

May 21, 1992

Patriots begin two-year deal with WLVI-TV (Channel 56) that gives the station the right to televise the team's preseason games as well as a weekly in-season Patriots magazine show.

May 11, 1992

James B. Orthwein purchases the controlling interest of the Patriots from Victor K. Kiam II. Orthwein becomes Chairman of the Board of the club while Francis W. Murray, the club's minority owner, becomes President. Sam Jankovich remains the Chief Executive Officer.

Jul 27, 1991

Former Patriots' offensive guard John Hannah is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

May 3, 1991

The installation of a natural grass playing surface at Foxboro Stadium is completed.

Jan 7, 1991

Dick MacPherson is named head coach of the Patriots, replacing Rod Rust (who was relieved of his duties on Jan. 4). MacPherson, Syracuse University's head coach for the past 10 seasons, becomes the team's 11th head coach.

Dec 20, 1990

Sam Jankovich, the University of Miami's Athletic Director from 1982-90, is named the chief executive officer of the Patriots.

Mar 14, 1990

Former Patriots' offensive guard John Hannah and cornerback Mike Haynes are selected to the National Football League's All-1980s team, while current linebacker Andre Tippett was named to the second-team.

Feb 27, 1990

Rod Rust is named the head coach of the Patriots, replacing Raymond Berry (who was relieved of his duties on Feb. 26). Rust, a former Patriots' defensive coordinator, becomes the team's 10th head coach.


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