New England Patriots History

The New England Patriots are in their sixty-third season, playing their home games at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts since 2002. The Patriots are led by head coach Bill Belichick since 2000.

The Patriots have won six Super Bowls in their history, most recently in 2018.

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Franchise Award Winners

During their existence, they have had two people win Coach of the Year: Bill Belichick, (2003, 2007, and 2010); Bill Parcells, (1994).

During their careers, multiple players have won awards for the team: Gino Cappelletti won the AP AFL Player of the Year in 1964; Tom Brady won the Most Valuable Player in 2007, 2010, and 2017; the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2010; and the Comeback Player of the Year in 2009; Rob Gronkowski won the Comeback Player of the Year in 2014; Tedy Bruschi won the Comeback Player of the Year in 2005; Jerod Mayo won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008; Mike Haynes won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1976; Curtis Martin won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1995; Leonard Russell won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1991; John Stephens won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1988; Jim Nance won the AP AFL Player of the Year in 1966; Stephen Gilmore won the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.

New England Patriots by the Decades

1960s

The New England Patriots' inaugural season was 1960 as the Boston Patriots. During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 63-68-9 during the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Nickerson Field (1960-1962), Fenway Park (1963-1968), and Alumni Stadium (1969). They won zero division titles. The Patriots ranked 3rd in the Eastern division with a win percentage of 48%.

1970s

During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 66-78-0 during the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Harvard Stadium (1970) and Schaefer Stadium (1971-1979). They won one division title. The Patriots ranked 3rd in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 46%. In 1971, the Patriots changed their name from the Boston Patriots to the New England Patriots.

1980s

During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 78-74-0 during the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Sullivan Stadium. They won one division title. The Patriots ranked 2nd in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 51%.

1990s

During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 68-92-0 during the regular season and 3-4 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Foxboro Stadium. They won two division titles. The Patriots ranked 3rd in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 42%.

2000s

During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 112-48-0 during the regular season and 14-4 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Foxboro Stadium (2000-2001) and Gillette Stadium (2002-2009). They won seven division titles. The Patriots ranked 1st in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 70%. They won three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

2010s

During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 125-35-0 during the regular season and 16-7 in the playoffs. In fact, the one hundred and twenty-five wins represents the most wins in a decade for the Patriots. They played their home games at Gillette Stadium. They won ten division titles. The Patriots ranked 1st in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 78%. Throughout the 2010s, they led the entire league in wins. They won three Super Bowls in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

2020s

During the decade, the Patriots had a record of 17-16-0 during the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Gillette Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Patriots ranked 3rd in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 52%.

New England Patriots Head Coaching History

Head Coach Years Record Win percentage Playoff record
Bill Belichick 2000-2022 254-99-0 72.0% 30-12
Pete Carroll 1997-1999 27-21-0 56.3% 1-2
Bill Parcells 1993-1996 32-32-0 50.0% 2-2
Dick MacPherson 1991-1992 8-24-0 25.0% 0-0
Rod Rust 1990 1-15-0 6.3% 0-0
Raymond Berry 1984-1989 48-39-0 55.2% 3-2
Ron Meyer 1982-1984 18-15-0 54.5% 0-1
Ron Erhardt 1979-1981 21-27-0 43.8% 0-0
Chuck Fairbanks 1973-1978 46-40-0 53.5% 0-2
Phil Bengtson 1972 1-4-0 20.0% 0-0
John Mazur 1970-1972 9-21-0 30.0% 0-0
Clive Rush 1969-1970 5-16-0 23.8% 0-0
Mike Holovak 1961-1968 52-46-8 52.8% 1-1
Lou Saban 1960-1961 7-12-0 36.8% 0-0

Franchise history

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Franchise facts

Robert Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994. The Patriots sold out every game that season for the first time ever. The sellout streak continues through the 2018 season.