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Thursday, September 17, 2009

New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots, commonly called the "Pats", are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area, playing their home games in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. The team is part of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating the team to Foxborough in 1971, although Foxborough is a suburb of Boston, 22 miles (35 km) away.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of those leagues. The team advanced to the playoffs four times before appearing in Super Bowl XX in January 1986, losing to the Chicago Bears. The team also appeared in Super Bowl XXXI in January 1997, losing to the Green Bay Packers.

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League/conference affiliations
American Football League (1960–69)

  • Eastern Division (1960–69)


National Football League (1970–present)

  • American Football Conference (1970–present)

    • AFC East (1970–present)




Current uniform
AFCE-Uniform-NE.PNG
Team colorsNautical Blue, New Century Silver, red, white                   
MascotPat Patriot
Team history


  • Boston Patriots (1960–70)

  • Bay State Patriots (February 1971–March 1971)

  • New England Patriots (1971–present)


Team nicknames
"The Pats"
Championships
League championships (3)

  • Super Bowl Championships (3)
    2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX)


Conference championships (6)

  • AFC: 1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007


Division championships (11)

  • AFL East: 1963

  • AFC East: 1978, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007


Playoff appearances (16)


  • AFL: 1963, NFL: 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007


Home fields


  • Nickerson Field (1960–62)

  • Fenway Park (1963–68)

  • Alumni Stadium (1969)

  • Harvard Stadium (1970)

  • Foxboro Stadium (1971–2001)

    • a.k.a. Schaefer Stadium (1971–82)

    • a.k.a. Sullivan Stadium (1983–89)



  • Gillette Stadium (2002–present)