New England Patriots established 58 years ago on November 16, 1959, and played for their first season in 1960. They are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The franchise competes in the National Football League (NFL), and they are a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) Eastern Division. The New England Patriots play their home matches at Gillette Stadium located in Foxborough town in Massachusetts in the Southwest downtown Boston.
The team joined the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970 and subsequently changed their original name from Boston Patriots to New England Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971 where they played their home games at Foxboro Stadium between 1971 and 2001. They later shifted to Gillette Stadium in 2002. Their main rival in the NFL is New York Jets and is considered by many as the bitterest rivalry in the NFL. Other notable rivalries include the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and Baltimore Ravens.
New England Patriots are considered as one of the most successful teams in the NFL having nine appearances in the Super Bowl, and seven appearances since the arrival of their head coach Bill Belichick together with their quarterback Tom Brady in 2000. They have also won fourteen AFC titles since 2001 in 16 seasons without losing a season within the period. Furthermore, the club has set several important records in the NFL including the highest number of 126 wins in the ten year period from 2003 to2012, as well as unbeatable 16 games regular 2007 season, which was their longest winning streak between October 2003 and October 2004. It included the most consecutive Division titles won by any NFL team in the league’s history by winning eight straight Division titles between 2009 and 2016.
New England Patriots also boast of reaching seven Super Bowls which is the highest record and won five of them, a record they share with Cowboys and Francisco 49ers while the Cincinnati Steelers are leading with six wins in the Super Bowl. The all-time New England Patriots records include 61,582 passing yards by Tom Brady from 2000 to present, 5,453 rushing yards by Sam Cunningham from 1973 to 1982, 10,352 receiving yards by Stanley Morgan from 1977 to 1989, 1,457 scoring points by Stephen Gostkowski from 2006 to present, and 201 coaching wins by Bill Belichick from 2000 to present.
The New England Hall of Famers include John Hannah for the 1973 to 1985 seasons and inducted in 1991, Nick Buoniconti for the 1962 to 1968 seasons and inducted in 1992, Gino Cappelletti for the 1960 to 1970 seasons and inducted in 1992, Bob Dee for the 1960 to 1967 seasons and inducted in 1993, Jim Lee Hunt for the 1960 to 1971 seasons and inducted in 1993, Steve Nelson for the 1974 to 1987 seasons and inducted in 1993, Vito “Babe’ Parilli for the 1961 to 1967 seasons and inducted in 1993, Mike Haynes for the 1976 to 1982 seasons and inducted in 1994, Steve Grogan for the 1975 to 1990 seasons and inducted in 1995, Andre Tippett for the 1982 to 1993 seasons and inducted in 1999, Bruce Amstrong for the 1987 to 2000 seasons and inducted in 2001, and Stanley Morgan for the 1977 to 1989 seasons and inducted in 2007.
Other Hall of Famers are Ben Coates for the 1991 to 1999 seasons and inducted in 2008, Jim Nance for the 1965 to 1971 seasons and inducted in 2009, Sam Cunningham for the 1973 to 1982 seasons and inducted in 2010, Drew Bledsoe for the 1993 to 2001 seasons and inducted in 2011, Jon Morris for the 1964 to 1974 seasons and inducted in 2011, Troy Brown for the 1993 to 2007 seasons and inducted in 2012, Tedy Bruschi for the 1996 to 2008 seasons and inducted in 2013, Ty Law for the 1995 seasons and inducted in 2013, Willies McGinest for the 1994 to 2005 seasons and inducted in 2015, Houston Antwine for the 1961 to 1971 seasons and inducted in 2015, Kevin Faulk for the 1999 to 2011 seasons and inducted in 2016, and Raymond Clayborn for the 1977 to 1989 seasons and inducted in 2017.