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HISTORY: 2000-2009

2000 - 2009

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Dec. 27, 2009

The Patriots clinch the AFC East Division title for the seventh time in nine seasons with a 35-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots earned their 11th playoff berth in the 16 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team.

Dec. 20, 2009

The Patriots beat Buffalo, 17-10, to win their ninth game of the season and become the first team to win more than half of their games in nine straight seasons since free agency began in 1993 and only the fifth team to do so since the 1970 merger.

Dec. 13, 2009

Wes Welker reached 100 receptions for the third consecutive season on a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter vs. Carolina. Welker reached 100 receptions in his 11th game of the season to tie Marvin Harrison for the fewest individual games played to reach 100 receptions in a season in NFL history.

Dec. 6, 2009

Randy Moss and Wes Welker both go over 1,000 yards receiving at Miami to become the first Patriots players and only the sixth set of players in NFL history to have three straight 1,000-yard seasons.

Nov. 30, 2009

Tom Brady passes Drew Bledsoe (29,657) to become New England's all-time passing leader.

Oct. 25, 2009

The Patriots play their first game on foreign soil as part of the NFL's International Series in front of 84,000 fans at London's historic Wembley Stadium. The Patriots defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-7.

Oct. 18, 2009

The Patriots set team records for points in a game (59) and total net yards (619) in a 59-0 victory vs. Tennessee in snowy conditions at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady sets an NFL record with five touchdown passes in the second quarter.

June 10, 2009

Jim Nance is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

March 24, 2009

On the occasion of the team's 50th season, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft inducts William H. "Billy" Sullivan, the team's founder, into the Patriots Hall of Fame as the first con-tributor to be enshrined.

Jan. 22, 2009

The Patriots unveil their 50th season logo, which will brand all of the team's activities in 2009.

Sept. 20, 2008

In a ceremony attended by thousands of Patriots fans outside the Patriots Hall of Fame, 12 members of the Patriots Hall of Fame were re-inducted and Ben Coates was inducted as the 13th member.

Sept. 18, 2008

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held at the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon, unveiling a first-of-its-kind experience that showcases the history of the New England Patriots, provides a permanent home for the franchise’s Hall of Fame and promotes math and sciences education through football.

Sept. 6, 2008

The Kraft Group and CBS open CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, a three-story, 15,000-squarefoot, one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining destination at Patriot Place, with a star-studded red carpet event.

Aug. 2, 2008

Andre Tippett is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He is presented by Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, and joins John Hannah as the only career Patriots in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

July 7, 2008

Ben Coates is elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in voting by fans on Patriots.com.

Feb. 3, 2008

New England is defeated by the New York Giants, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Feb. 2, 2008

Andre Tippett is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, becoming the second player to earn the honor after playing his entire career as a Patriot.

Jan. 20, 2008

The Patriots win their sixth AFC Championship with a 20-12 victory over San Diego at Gillette Stadium, advancing to Super Bowl XLII with an un-precedented 18-0 record.

Jan. 12, 2008

The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship Game for the fourth time in five seasons with a 31-20 divisional playoff win over Jacksonville. Tom Brady completes 92.9 percent of his passes (26-28) to set an NFL record.

Jan. 5, 2008

Tom Brady is named the NFL's Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press.

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Dec. 29, 2007

The Patriots defeat the New York Giants, 38-35, to complete the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history. Tom Brady sets a new NFL record with his 50th touchdown pass and Randy Moss sets a new league mark with his 23rd touchdown reception. The Patriots finish the season with a league-record 589 points and 75 touchdowns.

Nov. 18, 2007

The Patriots tie a franchise record for points in a 56-10 win at Buffalo. Randy Moss sets a team record with four touchdown catches.

Nov. 4, 2007

Tom Brady throws his 33rd touchdown pass of the season, setting a franchise record in a 24-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The game between the 7-0 Patriots and the 8-0 Colts was the latest matchup of undefeated teams in NFL history.

Oct. 21, 2007

Tom Brady throws a franchise-record six touchdown passes in a 49-28 win over the Dolphins. His 158.3 passer rating in the game is the first perfect rating in Patriots history.

Aug. 27, 2007

Stanley Morgan is enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony at the Patriots Kickoff Gala at Gillette Stadium.

May 20, 2007

The Kraft Group unveils its vision for the Patriots Hall of Fame, a football-themed museum to be located within the larger Patriot Place development and slated to open in Fall 2008.

Jan. 14, 2007

The Patriots advance to their third AFC Championship Game in four seasons with a 24-21 road win against the San Diego Chargers.

Jan. 7, 2007

New England defeats the New York Jets, 37-16, in the wild card playoffs at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots' streak of four straight seasons with a playoff victory is twice as long as any other active streak and ties the fifth longest such streak in NFL history.

Dec. 24, 2006

The Patriots capture their fourth consecutive AFC East title with a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nov. 5, 2006

Troy Brown grabs his 535th catch, passing Stanley Morgan to become the Patriots all-time leader in receptions.

Jan. 7, 2006

The Patriots defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3, setting an all-time NFL record with their 10th consecutive playoff victory. The organization surpassed the previous record of nine, held by the 1960s Green Bay Packers teams coached by Vince Lombardi.

Dec. 17, 2005

New England captures its third consecutive AFC East crown with a commanding 28-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

June 12, 2005

The New England Patriots receive their Super Bowl XXXIX Championship Rings in a ceremony held at Patriots owner Robert Kraft's home.

May 19, 2005

Cornerback Otis Smith signs a 1 day contract to retire as a New England Patriot.

Apr 13, 2005

The Patriots visit the White House, where they were honored by President George W. Bush.

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Feb 6, 2005

The Patriots win the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons with a thrilling 24-21 victory over the Phildephia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jun 13, 2004

Robert Kraft presents the Patriots with Super Bowl rings in a ceremony at his home.

May 10, 2004

The Patriots visit the White House, where they were honored by President George W. Bush.

May 8, 2004

The Patriots bring the Lombardi Trophy to Water Fire in Providence, R.I. to share their Super Bowl victory with the fans of Rhode Island.

Apr 22, 2004

The Patriots release the DVD "3 Games to Glory II," at a premiere event in Randolph, Mass. The two-disc set contains nearly five hours of features chronicling and commemmorating the Patriots' record-setting 2003 season.

Apr 9, 2004

Robert Kraft throws out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox' 2003 Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park.

Apr 7, 2004

The Patriots brought the Lombardi Trophy to a victory parade in Portland, Maine.

Mar 21, 2004

The Patriots bring the Lombardi Trophy to Manchester, N.H., to celebrate their Super Bowl XXXVIII victory with the fans of New Hampshire.

Feb 3, 2004

More than 1.5 million Patriots fans jam the streets of Boston for a victory parade that ends with a rally at City Hall Plaza.

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Feb 1, 2004

The Patriots win the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons with a thrilling 32-29 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Jan 21, 2004

Robert K. Kraft celebrates the 10th anniversary of his purchase of the franchise.

Jan 18, 2004

New England hosts the AFC Championship Game for the second time in club history and advanced to the fourth Super Bowl in team annals with a 24-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Jan 10, 2004

In the coldest game in team history (four degrees), the Patriots beat Tennessee 17-14 in the divisional playoffs at Gillette Stadium.

Dec 27, 2003

New England closes out the best regular season in franchise history with a 31-0 shutout over the Buffalo Bills to finish the season with a 14-2 record, the best mark in the NFL.

Dec 7, 2003

The Patriots defeat the Miami Dolphins, 12-0, in snowy Foxborough to claim the seventh division title in franchise history.

Aug 5, 2002

The Gillette Company and The Kraft Group announced a 15-year agreement that gives Gillette exclusive naming rights to the home stadium and sports complex of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. Under the agreement, "Gillette Stadium" now replaces "CMGI Field" as the exclusive name of the new stadium.

Jun 9, 2002

CMGI Field hosts its first concert, the 2002 WBCN River Rave.

Jun 9, 2002

Robert Kraft hosted the Patriots Super Bowl ring ceremony at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Jun 6, 2002

The Patriots open a three-day minicamp, the first time the entire team worked together at CMGI Field.

Jun 4, 2002

The Patriots traveled to Connecticut as part of their Super Bowl Trophy Tour to thank their fans for their support.

Jun 1, 2002

Demolition of Foxboro Stadium is completed.

May 11, 2002

The Revolution played in the first game at CMGI Field. In the stadium's "soft opening," the lower seating bowl and concourse are opened to the public for the first time.

May 9, 2002

The New England Revolution soccer team participated in the first practice held at CMGI Field.

May 6, 2002

The Patriots moved into their new offices and facilities at CMGI Field.

Apr 17, 2002

The Patriots continued their Super Bowl Trophy Tour with a trip to Maine, and thanked fans for their continued support.

Apr 10, 2002

The Patriots traveled to New Hampshire and Vermont as part of their Super Bowl Trophy Tour and took part in rallies in both states to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Apr 2, 2002

The Patriots were invited to the White House and were congratulated on their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI by the President of the United States, George W. Bush

Apr 1, 2002

The Patriots and their Super Bowl trophy were on hand at Fenway Park for opening day of the 2002 Boston Red Sox season. In a pre-game ceremony, each of the players in attendance threw out the first pitch of the season.

Mar 28, 2002

The NFL released its 2002 schedule and the Patriots were featured in a franchise record of six nationally televised games.

Mar 5, 2002

The Patriots held the red-carpet premiere of their Super Bowl XXXVI video at the Loews Theater at Boston Common.

Feb 18, 2002

Demolition of Foxboro Stadium begins.

Feb 13, 2002

The Patriots traveled to Rhode Island as part of their Super Bowl trophy tour for a rally held by the state to congratulate the franchise for their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Feb 4, 2002

The state of Massachusetts held a victory parade for the Patriots. The parade traveled through downtown Boston and concluded with a rally at city hall. Approximately 1.25 million people attended the event.

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Feb 3, 2002

The Patriots claimed the first Superbowl championship of their 42-year history with a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a 48-yard field goal as time expired to bring the Lombardi Trophy to New England.

Jan 27, 2002

The Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17, to advance to the Super Bowl for the third time in their history and the second time in the last six years.

Jan 19, 2002

In a driving snowstorm, the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-13 in overtime, in the final game at Foxboro Stadium to advance to the AFC Championship game.

Jan 6, 2002

The Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 38-6 and finished the 2001 season with an 11-5 record. They tied a franchise record with 11 victories and claimed their third AFC East title in six seasons.

Nov 19, 2001

The grass playing surface is installed at CMGI Field.

Oct 1, 2001

Installation of the new scoreboards and video boards is begun.

Sep 30, 2001

Former tackle Bruce Armstrong is inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Aug 6, 2001

Seat installation begins at CMGI Field.

Aug 6, 2001

Patriots quarterback coach Dick Rehbein died due to a heart condition at the age of 45.

Jul 30, 2001

The Neponset River is daylighted and diverted into a new corridor on the stadium site.

Mar 22, 2001

In celebration of a long-standing construction tradition, the final beam was hoisted into place at CMGI Field to signify the "topping off" of the structure's steel.

Dec 17, 2000

Punter Lee Johnson became the all-time leading punter in NFL history, surpassing Dave Jennings mark of 1,154 punts. Johnson finished the 2000 season with 1,163 punts.

Nov 19, 2000

Tackle Bruce Armstrong became the Patriot's all-time leader in games played when he started his 207th career game vs. Cincinnati.

Oct 1, 2000

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe became the Patriots all-time leading passer, surpassing Steve Grogan's total of 26,886 yards. At the conclusion of the 2000 season, Bledsoe had thrown for 29,257 yards during his eight-year career.

Aug 23, 2000

The Patriots announce the naming rights to their new stadium, CMGI Field.

Jun 15, 2000

The Patriots new stadium's first concrete foundation is poured.

May 27, 2000

The Patriots unveil their new uniforms at WBCN's River Rave concert. The new uniforms will feature a color change from a royal blue to a new Nautical Blue. It is the first design change the team has had in five years. With the exception of that change in color, the Patriots logo will remain the same.

Apr 18, 2000

The New England Patriots unveil the designs for their new stadium in a press conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Apr 4, 2000

The Patriots are featured in three prime-time games, including their second appearance on Thanksgiving Day, when the NFL announces its 2000 schedule.

Feb 1, 2000

The Patriots extend their consecutive sellout streak at Foxboro Stadium to 61 games in their 1999 season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Jan 27, 2000

Patriots name Bill Belichick as their 14th head coach. Prior to joining the Patriots, Belichick served as the N.Y. Jets assistant head coach and secondary coach from 1997-99.

Jan 2, 2000

The Patriots extend their consecutive sellout streak at Foxboro Stadium to 61 games in their 1999 season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

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