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The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League as a member of the American Football Conference East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

New England Patriots
Current season
Established November 16, 1959; 57 years ago (November 16, 1959)
First season: 1960
Play in and headquartered in Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Patriots logo
New England Patriots wordmark
Logo Wordmark
League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Eastern Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
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Team colors

Navy Blue, Red, Silver, White

                   
Mascot Pat Patriot
Personnel
Owner(s) Robert Kraft
Chairman Robert Kraft
CEO Robert Kraft
President Jonathan Kraft
General manager Bill Belichick (de facto)
Head coach Bill Belichick
Team history
  • Boston Patriots (1960–1970)
  • Bay State Patriots (1971)
  • New England Patriots (1971–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Pats
Championships

League championships (4)

Conference championships (8)

Division championships (19)

Playoff appearances (24)
  • AFL: 1963
  • NFL: 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Home fields
Former name(s):
Schaefer Stadium (1971–1982)
Sullivan Stadium (1983–1989)
Former name(s):
CMGI Field (2002)

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season. The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.

The Patriots have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times in franchise history, six of them since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000. The Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 14 AFC East titles in 16 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period. The Patriots have since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period (126, in 2003–2012), an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history (a 21-game streak from October 2003 to October 2004), and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history (won eight straight division titles from 2009 to 2016). The Patriots in 2016 also became the first team originating in the American Football League to reach 500 career franchise wins. The Patriots own the record for most Super Bowls reached by a head coach-quarterback tandem (six), as well as being the first tandem to win the Super Bowl 13 years after the first.

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