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List of New England Patriots seasons

The New England Patriots are an American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They compete in the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Originally called the Boston Patriots, the team was founded as one of eight charter members of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960 under the ownership of Billy Sullivan.[1] The team became part of the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970. The following year they moved from Boston to nearby Foxborough, and changed their name to the New England Patriots.[2]

The modern NFL championship game, the Super Bowl, was founded in the 1966 season; the first four were contested between the champions of the AFL and the NFL.[3] After the merger, the Super Bowl became the united league’s championship. The Patriots made the 1963 AFL Championship Game, but struggled severely in the early years of the united league, not making the postseason until 1976. After a few good seasons including a Super Bowl appearance against a champion Bears outfit, the Patriots reached a nadir between 1989 and 1993 when they won only nineteen of eighty games.

Since Bill Belichick was hired as the team’s head coach in 2000, the Patriots have finished first or second in the AFC East every year except Belichick’s first season, with both second place finishes caused by tiebreakers. Over that time, they have won three Super Bowls, five AFC Championship Games, and nine AFC East titles, while amassing a regular season record of 137–53.[4] The team's quarterback over that same period, Tom Brady, has been awarded twice each the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP)[5][6] and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player; he is one of only four men named Super Bowl MVP more than once.[7]

The Patriots under Belichick have won three Super Bowl championships (XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX). They also played in and lost Super Bowls XX, XXXI, XLII, and Super Bowl XLVI. During the 2007 regular season, the Patriots became the only NFL team in history to win 16 games, and the first since the 1972 Miami Dolphins (in a fourteen-game season) to complete the regular campaign undefeated.[8] Belichick’s Patriots are one of only two teams to win three Super Bowls in four years (the other being the Dallas Cowboys from 1993 to 1996).[9]

Overall, the Patriots have made 19 playoff appearances, one of which was before the merger. Since the merger, they have played in eight AFC Championship Games, winning seven of them to advance to the Super Bowl, and losing to eventual Super Bowl XLI champions Indianapolis following the 2006 season.[10] In the Patriots’ 51-year history, they have an overall regular season record of 414 wins, 365 losses, and 9 ties, plus an overall postseason record of 23 wins and 15 losses. The Patriots are third on the list of Super Bowl appearances with seven, behind only the Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.[11]


For complete team history, see History of the New England Patriots.
AFL champions (1960–1969) Super Bowl champions (1966–present) Conference champions Division champions Wild Card berth
Season[a] Team[a] League Conference Division Regular season[a] Postseason results Awards[Key]
Finish Won Lost Ties
Boston Patriots
1960 1960 AFL Eastern 4th 5 9 0
1961 1961 AFL Eastern 2nd 9 4 1
1962 1962 AFL Eastern 2nd 9 4 1
1963 1963 AFL Eastern 1st 7 6 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 26–8
Lost AFL Championship Game (Chargers) 51–10
1964 1964 AFL Eastern 2nd 10 3 1 Gino Cappelletti (MVP)[12]
1965 1965 AFL Eastern 3rd 4 8 2
1966 1966 AFL Eastern 2nd 8 4 2 Babe Parilli (ASG MVP)[13]
Jim Nance (MVP)[14]
1967 1967 AFL Eastern 5th 3 10 1
1968 1968 AFL Eastern 4th 4 10 0
1969 1969 AFL Eastern T-3rd 4 10 0
1970 1970 NFL AFC East 5th 2 12 0
New England Patriots
1971 1971 NFL AFC East T-3rd 6 8 0
1972 1972 NFL AFC East 5th 3 11 0
1973 1973 NFL AFC East 3rd 5 9 0
1974 1974 NFL AFC East T-3rd 7 7 0[b]
1975 1975 NFL AFC East T-4th 3 11 0
1976 1976 NFL AFC East 2nd[c] 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 24–21 Mike Haynes (DROY)[15]
1977 1977 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 5 0
1978[d] 1978 NFL AFC East 1st[e] 11 5 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 31–14
1979 1979 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0
1980 1980 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 6 0
1981 1981 NFL AFC East T-4th 2 14 0
1982 1982 NFL AFC [f] 7th 5 4 0 Lost First Round (Dolphins) 28–13
1983 1983 NFL AFC East T-2nd 8 8 0
1984 1984 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0
1985 1985 NFL AFC East T-2nd 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 26–14
Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 27–20
Won Conference Championship (Dolphins) 31–14
Lost Super Bowl XX (Bears) 46–10
1986 1986 NFL AFC East 1st 11 5 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 22–17
1987[g] 1987 NFL AFC East T-2nd 8 7 0
1988 1988 NFL AFC East T-2nd 9 7 0 John Stephens (OROY)[16]
1989 1989 NFL AFC East 4th 5 11 0
1990 1990 NFL AFC East 5th 1 15 0
1991 1991 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0 Leonard Russell (OROY)[17]
1992 1992 NFL AFC East 5th 2 14 0
1993 1993 NFL AFC East 4th 5 11 0
1994 1994 NFL AFC East 2nd[h] 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Browns) 20–13 Bill Parcells (COY)[18]
1995 1995 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0 Curtis Martin (OROY)[19]
1996 1996 NFL AFC East 1st 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 28–3
Won Conference Championship (Jaguars) 20–6
Lost Super Bowl XXXI (Packers) 35–21
1997 1997 NFL AFC East 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 17–3
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 7–6
1998 1998 NFL AFC East 4th 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jaguars) 25–10
1999 1999 NFL AFC East T-4th 8 8 0
2000 2000 NFL AFC East 5th 5 11 0
2001 2001 NFL AFC East 1st[i] 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 16–13 (OT)
Won Conference Championship (Steelers) 24–17
Won Super Bowl XXXVI (1) (Rams) 20–17
Tom Brady (SB MVP)[20]
2002 2002 NFL AFC East 2nd[j] 9 7 0
2003 2003 NFL AFC East 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Titans) 17–14
Won Conference Championship (Colts) 24–14
Won Super Bowl XXXVIII (2) (Panthers) 32–29
Tom Brady (SB MVP)[21]
Bill Belichick (COY)[22]
2004 2004 NFL AFC East 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 20–3
Won Conference Championship (Steelers) 41–27
Won Super Bowl XXXIX (3) (Eagles) 24–21
Deion Branch (SB MVP)[23]
2005 2005 NFL AFC East 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Jaguars) 28–3
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 27–13
Tedy Bruschi (CBPOY)[24]
2006 2006 NFL AFC East 1st 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 37–16
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 24–21
Lost Conference Championship (Colts) 38–34
2007 2007 NFL AFC East 1st 16 0 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Jaguars) 31–20
Won Conference Championship (Chargers) 21–12
Lost Super Bowl XLII (Giants) 17–14
Bill Belichick (COY)[22]
Tom Brady (MVP,[5]
2008 2008 NFL AFC East 2nd[k] 11 5 0 Jerod Mayo (DROY)[26]
2009 2009 NFL AFC East 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 33–14
Tom Brady (CBPOY)[27]
2010 2010 NFL AFC East 1st 14 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 28–21 Bill Belichick (COY)[22]
Tom Brady (MVP,[6]
2011 2011 NFL AFC East 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 45–10
Won Conference Championship (Ravens) 23–20
Lost Super Bowl XLVI (Giants) 21-17
2012 2012 NFL AFC East 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Texans) 41-28
Lost Conference Championship (Ravens) 28-13
2013 2013 NFL AFC East 6 2 0
Total 428 370 9 All-time regular season record (1960–2012)
24 17 All-time postseason record (1960–2011)[29]
452 387 9 All-time regular & postseason record (1960–2012)
Key for the "Awards" sectionKey
ASG MVP American Football League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
CBPOY National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award
DROY National Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year Award
OROY National Football League Offensive Rookie of the Year Award
COY National Football League Coach of the Year Award
OPOY National Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award
DPOY National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award
MVP National Football League Most Valuable Player Award
SB MVP Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award


  • a The Season column links to an article about each season in the league (AFL for 1960–1969; NFL for 1970–present). The Team column links to an article about the Patriots' season that year. The Finish, Won, Lost, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular season and postseason results are combined only at the bottom of the list. In the Finish column, a "T-" indicates a tie for that position.
  • b Beginning in 1974, the NFL began playing a 15-minute sudden-death overtime period if a regular season game finished regulation tied. Since this change, ties have been rarer.[30]
  • c The Patriots and the Baltimore Colts finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of New England based on a better division record (7–1 to Patriots' 6–2).[31]
  • d The NFL expanded from a 14-game regular season schedule to 16 beginning in 1978.[32]
  • e The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins finished the 1978 season with the same record. However, the Patriots were awarded the Division Championship based on a better division record (6–2 to the Dolphins' 5–3).[31]
  • f The 1982 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular seasons games to nine due to a players' strike. For playoff seedings, division standings were ignored and eight teams from each conference were seeded one through eight based on their regular season records.[33]
  • g The 1987 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 15 due to a players' strike.[34]
  • h The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins finished the 1994 season tied. As the Dolphins had defeated the Patriots in both regular season meetings, the Dolphins were named Division Champions and the Patriots received a Wild Card berth in the playoffs.[35]
  • i The Patriots and the Miami Dolphins finished the 2001 season with the same record. However, the Patriots were named Division Champions based on a better division record (6–2 to the Dolphins' 5–3).[36]
  • j The Patriots, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins finished the season with 9–7 records in 2002. For having the best record against common opponents, the Jets were awarded the Division Championship. Neither the Patriots nor the Dolphins qualified for the playoffs.[37]
  • k The Patriots, Dolphins, and Baltimore Ravens (AFC North) finished the 2008 season tied with identical 11–5 records. As the Dolphins and Ravens had 8–4 records within the AFC, and the Patriots a 7–5 AFC record, the Dolphins were awarded the AFC East title, and the Ravens were given a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. The Patriots did not qualify for the playoffs.[38]
  • l Years here refer to the year in which the season was played. Playoff games are commonly played in the January and February of the following year.


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