Here are the records to watch for when the Patriots enter the postseason
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The New England Patriots have a pretty hefty track record of success over the past decade-plus, and they’ll continue that as they enter this year’s playoffs.
The Patriots are set to host a divisional-round playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8:15pm for the eighth straight season, which is most in NFL history.
While this is an impressive stat, there are many more interesting records to keep an eye on in New England’s postseason run.
Head coach Bill Belichick will set an NFL record by coaching in his 37th playoff game. This passes Tom Landry and Don Shula for most playoff games by a head coach in NFL history. BB will also coach in his 15th divisional playoff game, once again passing Shula to hold the top spot.
Tom Brady will make his 14th divisional playoff game appearance to pass Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history.
New England has the fourth-most postseason wins in NFL history, and they have a chance to keep climbing the charts depending on how far their run goes this year. The Steelers hold the top spot with 36, while the Cowboys and Packers each have 34.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski also has some impressive playoff stats. His three career 100-yard receiving playoff games are tied for third all-time. Vernon Davis and Keith Jackson are ahead of him with four each. Gronk’s 52 career playoff receptions are fifth all-time by a tight end, and he has a strong possibility to get even higher on that list this postseason.
For more Patriots’ postseason records, check out the article by ESPN’s Mike Reiss here.