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New England Patriots History

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The New England Patriots are a professional football team and one of four teams in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The team’s name was inspired by Boston’s role in the American Revolution (1775-1783). Formerly known as the Boston Patriots (1960-1970), the Patriots were founded in 1960, as a charter American Football League member. They joined the National Football League in the 1970 merger. The Patriots uniform consists of the colors Blue, White, Red, and Silver. The helmet design is a man's face in silhouette, wearing a red-white-and-blue tricorn hat. The Boston Patriots played in the first-ever game in the American Football League, against the Denver Broncos on September 9, 1960. In its second season in the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots compiled a winning record. Eleven Patriots played in the 1963 AFL All-Star Game as head coach Mike Holovak steered Boston to a tie for the Eastern Division title. The team boasted many stars, including linebackers Tom Addison and Nick Buoniconti, wide receiver—placekicker Gino Cappelletti, running back Jim Nance, and quarterback Babe Parilli.The Patriots struggled from 1964 to 1969, posting winning records in only two of six seasons. In 1967 Nance received the league’s most valuable player (MVP) award.


The club joined the NFL in 1970, establishing its home in Foxboro. Because the team played its games outside of Boston, the franchise was renamed in 1971 as the New England Patriots to appeal to a greater number of fans. The Patriots fielded several strong teams during the 1970s and 1980s, reaching the playoffs five times from 1976 to 1986. Star players during the period included quarterback Tony Eason, tight end Russ Francis, future Hall of Fame offensive guard John Hannah, cornerback Mike Haynes, and linebacker Steve Nelson. New England made a remarkable turnaround in 1976, finishing with an 11-3 win-loss record and earning a wildcard berth to the playoffs under head coach Chuck Fairbanks.

The team starred Russ Francis, John Hannah, Mike Haynes, and Steve Nelson. In 1978, led by second-year quarterback Steve Grogan, the Patriots won their first NFL Eastern Division crown. In the early 1980s, however, New England again dropped to the bottom of the division. The Patriots weren't successful from 1987 to 1993, bottoming out in 1990 with a 1-15 record. The team rebounded in 1994 behind second-year quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who led the NFL in passing yards. Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells coached the Patriots to two more playoff appearances in 1995 and 1996. Powered by Bledsoe and running back Curtis Martin, New England captured the AFC championship in 1996 before losing in the Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers, 35-21. After the loss, Parcells resigned and former San Francisco 49ers defensive coodinator Pete Carroll was hired to replace him. Before the 2000 season, former Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick replaced Carroll. Despite a 5-11 record in his first year, Belichick built a contender that went 11-5 in 2001.

The Patriots then pulled off a series of postseason upsets, culminating in a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in the 2002 Super Bowl. Quarterback Tom Brady, who replaced Bledsoe early in the season, was named the game’s most valuable player (MVP). Brady repeated as MVP with the Patriots’ victory in the 2004 Super Bowl. In a remarkable season, again led by head coach Belichick, the Patriots ran off 15 straight victories, including the Super Bowl, the second longest winning streak in NFL history.The Patriots have appeared in four Super Bowls, of which they have only won two. This are Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, when they defeated the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, when they beat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. They lost Super Bowl XX in 1986, to the Chicago Bears and Super Bowl XXXI to the Green Bay Packers, in 1997.


Before the 2000 season, former Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick replaced Carroll. The Patriots Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti, John Hannah and Mike Haynes.Hall of Fame Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti is a former AFL and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, who played for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins.Buoniconti graduated from Notre Dame, and was drafted by the Patriots in the thirteenth round of the 1962 AFL draft. He made an immediate impact with the Patriots for, helping the team capture the 1963 AFL Eastern Division title. With Boston, he appeared in five AFL All-Star Games, and recorded 24 interceptions, which is still the seventh-most in team history. He was later traded to the Dolphins.He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973. The New England Patriots plays its home games at Gillette Field in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The stadium was opened in 2000 and has a seating capacity of 68,000. Former stadiums include Harvard University (30,898), opened in 1970 and Foxboro Stadium, opened in 1971- 2001.


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