New England Patriots
Patriots helmet Patriots
Helmet Logo
League NFL NFL
Conference AFC AFC
Division AFC East
Established 1960
Home field Gillette Stadium
City Foxborough, Massachusetts
Patriots color uniform Patriots white uniform
Color White
2001 • 2003
2004 • 2014 • 2016
Super Bowls
Lombardi Trophy logo gray 5
Conference Championship logo2 9
1985 • 1996 • 2001
2003 • 2004 • 2007
2011 • 2014 • 2016
1963 • 1978 • 1986
1996 • 1997 • 2001
2003 • 2004 • 2005
2006 • 2007 • 2009
2010 • 2011 • 2012
2013 • 2014
2015 • 2016

The New England Patriots, commonly called the "Pats", are a professional football team based in the Greater Boston area, playing their home games in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. They are members of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the AFC East division.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL) established in 1960, the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of both leagues. Between 2001 and 2005, the Patriots became the second team in NFL history (after the Dallas Cowboys) to win three Super Bowls in four years (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX), and the eighth to win consecutive Super Bowls. Under quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have also compiled the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history, a 21-game streak from October 2003–October 2004.

During the 1996 season, the Patriots appeared at Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers, losing 35-21. Among regular season head-to-head contests against Green Bay, the Patriots hold the edge, 5-4, however the overall series is tied 5-5 when counting Green Bay's Super Bowl XXXI victory.

NFL Team historyEdit


On November 16, 1959, Boston business executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL). The following winter, locals were allowed to submit ideas for the Boston football team's official name. The most popular choice (and the one that Sullivan selected) was "Boston Patriots".

When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were placed in the AFC East division, where they still play today. The following year, the Patriots moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which would serve as their home for 30 years. As a result of the move, they announced they would change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The name was rejected by the NFL and on March 23, 1971, the team officially announced they would instead become the New England Patriots.


League affiliations
AFL American Football League (1960-1969)
  • Eastern Division (1960–1969)
NFL National Football League (1970-present)


AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
2007 Brady1 Tom Brady 2007 Brady1 Tom Brady 2001 Brady1 Tom Brady
2010 Brady1 Tom Brady 2010 Brady1 Tom Brady 2003 Brady1 Tom Brady
2004 Branch2 Deion Branch
2014 Brady2 Tom Brady
2016 Brady2 Tom Brady

Packers RivalryEdit

New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers
Series tied 5–5
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
1973 Nov. 18 Patriots helmet New England Patriots L 24–33 Schaefer Stadium* 0–1 Football icon
1979 Oct. 1 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 27–14 Lambeau Field 1–1 Football icon
1985 Sep. 8 Patriots helmet New England Patriots L 20–26 Sullivan Stadium* 1–2 Football icon
1988 Oct. 9 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 45–3 Milwaukee County Stadium 2–2 Football icon
1994 Oct. 2 Patriots helmet New England Patriots L 16–17 Foxboro Stadium* 2–3 Football icon
1996 Super Bowl XXXI Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 35–21 Louisiana Superdome 3–3 Football icon
1997 Oct. 27 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 28–10 Foxboro Stadium* 4–3 Football icon
2002 Oct. 13 Packers helmet Green Bay Packers W 28–10 Gillette Stadium 5–3 Football icon
2006 Nov. 19 Patriots helmet New England Patriots L 0–35 Lambeau Field 5–4 Football icon
2010 Dec. 19 Patriots helmet New England Patriots L 27–31 Gillette Stadium 5–5 Football icon
Note*: Foxboro Stadium (1971–2001) was also known as Schaefer Stadium (1971–82) and Sullivan Stadium (1983–89).

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