A brief history of the Patriots
The Patriots have been one of the most successful National Football League (NFL) teams in the past 20 years. This was an era dominated by coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady.
Where Did It All Begin?
Let us say you were one for betting; prior to the 21st century, you might not have considered betting on the Patriots much, if at all. The NFL odds of success were not particularly good in their favor given their form and consistently poor finishing.
The name Boston Patriots was adopted by the team when it was founded in 1959 and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before they joined the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970. They are part of the American Football Conference’s (AFC) Eastern division of the NFL.
In their first year of the NFL, the Patriots played their home games in different stadiums across Boston before settling at the Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in 1971. They later moved to their current home at the Gillette Stadium in 2002 and won the AFC East Division championship the following year.
And a fun fact that could come in handy at your next football trivia night; when the team moved to Foxborough, they tried to change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The NFL rejected it on the 22nd of March 1971, and the team opted for New England to suit its geographical location more.
Let’s Talk Records
The move to the new Gillette Stadium had a good effect on the team. The move came off the back of a 2001 - 2002 Super Bowl-winning season. Their first Super Bowl title ever and the first of six, winning in 2002, back to back in 2004 and 2005, and three years of Patriot dominance in which they won three titles in five years in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
The Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers on six, the most Super Bowl titles. Their 2019 win also saw the Patriots setting 89 NFL records, and some of these belong to Tom Brady, who is arguably their all-time greatest player and quarterback.
At 41 years old, Brady became the oldest starting quarterback in a winning team and the first player to win the Super Bowl six times. Coach Bill Belichick was also in on the records as he became the oldest coach at 66 to win the Super Bowl and the first coach to win it six times.
Other individual players honors that Patriots players hold include:
● Most receptions in a game - James White with 14 against the Falcons.
● Most points in a game - James White with 20 against the Falcons.
● Most receptions in the first half - Julian Edelman with 7.
Some of the team honors include:
● Most team appearances in the Super Bowl - 11 appearances.
● Most passes completed - 43 vs. the Falcons.
● Fewest points scored by a winning team in a final - 13 in the 2019 final.
Under coach Belichick, the New England Patriots share the honor of being the most successful NFL franchise team. Although they have lost Brady to the Bucs, the Patriots are a team worth rooting for to reach another final.