AFC Wild Card or Divisional Home Game: New England Patriots vs. TBD (Date: TBD - If Necessary)
Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA
Despite barely losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in last season’s Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots have one of the most dedicated fan bases who are sure that the team will come out victorious this year. Patriots games are an experience like no other at Gillette Stadium. If you are ever in the greater Boston area, you do not want to miss out to see NFL stars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski live and in action against their most notorious rival, the New York Jets. Patriots tickets aren’t too expensive, so make sure you get the best seats before it is too late.
New England Patriots Team History
As an original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL during the 1970 merger of the two leagues. After struggling to start the 1985 season, coach Raymond Berry took lead with hopes of paving the way for victory. After defeating the New York Jets in their first playoff win since 1963, the Patriots continued their streak until they had an unfortunate defeat against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, where they lost 46-10.
The team continued to struggle with management and coaching throughout the next few decades and were unable to secure a Super Bowl title. However, the firing of three-year head coach Pete Carroll in 2000 left the vacant position open for Bill Belichcik, who transformed the Patriots into a perennial Super Bowl contender. After a fifth-place finish during the 2001 season, the Patriots were beginning to see major improvement. Despite the sudden death of quarterback coach Dick Rehbein and injury of Drew Bledose at the beginning of the 2001-2002 season, the team rebounded from their opening losses to the Cincinnati Benglals and first post 9/11 game against the Jets. In Bledsoe’s absence, quarterback Tom Brady led the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, winning 28-24.
New England Patriots Today
The New England Patriots entered the 2017 season as the defending champions of Super Bowl LI. Noteworthy signees included Stephon Gilmore from the Buffalo Bills, Lawrence Guy from the Baltimore Ravens, and Rex Burkhead from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots claimed their second consecutive AFC title, and their seventh consecutive AFC Championship appearance, adding to their record from the previous year. The team also advanced to the Super Bowl for their second consecutive season since 2004, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33, ending the Patriots’ chance at their sixth Super Bowl title. Fans remain optimistic that the Patriots will come out victorious this season, so do not miss out on your chance to see them in action at Gillette Stadium.Back to top