Patriot Facts
  • Franchise Granted:
    November 22, 1959 as the Boston Patriots
  • First Season:
  • Changed name to New England Patriots:
  • Stadium:
    Foxboro Stadium (CMGI 2002)
  • Owner/CEO:
    Robert K. Kraft
  • Head Coach:
    Bill Belichick
  • AFC Championships:
    1985, 1996, 2001
  • AFL Eastern Division Championship:
  • AFC Eastern Division Championships:
    1978, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2001
  • AFL Record:
    64- 69-9
  • Retired Uniform Numbers:
    #14 Steve Grogan, #20 Gino Cappelletti, #40 Mike Haynes, #57 Steve Nelson, #73 John Hannah, #79 Jim Hunt, #89 Bob Dee
  • Education:
    The majority of Patriots players drafted throughout the years have come from some of the countries most respected institutions. Colleges that not only offer great opportunities on the field but off as well. Schools where the players were able to study with some great masters of education and study in class or take advantage of the best online MBA programs around. With the knowledge that Patriots players are not only great performers on the football field but also in the classroom, it adds a level of respect to the Patriots lineup.
Firsts, Records, and Odds and Ends
  • 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, 9/16/60.
  • 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 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, 81-82).
  • All-Time Leading Scorer:
    Gino Cappelletti, 1,130 points (1960-70).
  • 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 56-3 victory over the New York Jets, 9/9/79.

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