Team Facts

Firsts, Records, Odds & Ends

Franchise Granted:
November 22, 1959 as the Boston Patriots

First Season:
1960

Changed name to New England Patriots:
1971

Stadium:
Gillette Stadium

Super Bowl Championships:
XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX

AFC Championships:
1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014

AFL Eastern Division Championship:
1963

AFC Eastern Division Championship:
1978, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2001

AFC East Division Championships:
2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

All-Time Record:
(At start of 2017 Season)
508-402-9

AFL Record:
64-69-9

NFL Record:
444-333-0

Retired Uniform Numbers:
#20 Gino Cappelletti
#40 Mike Haynes
#57 Steve Nelson
#73 John Hannah
#78 Bruce Armstrong
#79 Jim Lee Hunt
#89 Bob Dee

 

  • First Regular-Season Game: A 13-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, 9/9/60.
  • First Regular-Season Win: A 28-24 victory over the New York Titans, 9/17/60.
  • First Regular-Season Points: A 35-yard field goal by Gino Cappelletti vs. the Denver Broncos, 9/9/60.
  • First Regular-Season Touchdown: A 10-yard pass from Butch Songin to Jim Colclough vs. the Denver Broncos, 9/9/60.
  • First Winning Season: 1961 (9-4-1).
  • First Playoff Appearance: A 26-8 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the AFL's Eastern Division Championship game, 12/28/63.
  • First Super Bowl Appearance: A 46-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, 1/26/86.
  • First Super Bowl Win: A 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, 2/3/02.
  • First All-League Selections: LB Tom Addison and DB Russ O'Hanley, 1960.
  • First Patriot Elected to the Hall of Fame: G John Hannah, 1991.
  • First to Rush 100 Yards in a Game: Ron Burton, 127 yards vs. the Denver Broncos, 10/23/60.
  • First 1,000-Yard Rusher: Jim Nance, 1,458 yards (1966).
  • First to Pass 400 Yards in a Game: Babe Parilli, 400 yards vs. the Oakland Raiders, 10/16/64.
  • Most Yards Rushing, Career: Sam Cunningham, 5,453 yards (1973-79, 1981-82).
  • Most Yards Passing, Career: Tom Brady, 53,258 yards (2000-2014).
  • Most Receptions, Career: Wes Welker, 672 receptions (2007-2012).
  • All-Time Leading Scorer: Stephen Gostkowski, 1,179 career points (2006-2014).
  • Fewest Yards Rushing Allowed in a Game: In a 41-0 win over the San Diego Chargers on 12/17/61, the Patriots allowed just two yards rushing.
  • Most Lopsided Win: A 59-0 victory over the Tennessee Titans, 10/18/09.



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