One of the original members of the American Football League, the Boston Patriots formed in 1959. When the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) merged in 1970, the Boston Patriots were placed in the AFC division, which is one of 4 divisions in the NFL.
After playing in 5 other stadiums, over their career as a team, the Boston Patriots moved to Foxboro Stadium in Massachusettes and played there for 30 years; from 1971 to 2001. Rejected by the National Football League in March of 1971, the Boston Patriots petitioned to change their name to Bay State Patriots. They then decided to call themselves the New England Patriots, and they were located in the greater Boston area. In 2002, when Foxboro Stadium began to deteriorate, they moved for the final time to Gillette Stadium, which is a $350 million dollar facility that Mr. raft fully financed himself. This is where they continue to play all home games and where the Patriots headquarters are located.
Located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles Northeast of Providence, Rhode Island, the New England Patriots are one of the most successful franchises in the NFL. This has been the case since hiring head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Since forming in 1959 they have gone through a few head coaches and three owners. In 1994 Mr. Robert Kraft purchased the franchise for a whopping 175 million dollars. Since the buyout/take over by Kraft all of the New England Patriots home games have been sold out at both the Foxboro and Gillette Stadiums.
New England Patriots 2019 Schedule, Start Time, Date, Weeks, TV Channel
Week 1 Sunday, Sept. 8: vs Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 2 Sunday, Sept. 15: @ Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 3 Sunday, Sept. 22: vs Jets, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 4 Sunday, Sept. 29: @ Bills, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 6: @ Redskins, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 6 Thursday, Oct. 10: vs Giants, 8:20 p.m. ET Fox, NFL Network and Amazon
Week 7 Monday, Oct. 21: @ Jets, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 27: vs Browns, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 9 Sunday, Nov. 3: @ Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 10: BYE
Week 11 Sunday, Nov. 17: @ Eagles, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 12 Sunday, Nov. 24: vs Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Week 13 Sunday, Dec. 1: @ Texans, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 14 Sunday, Dec. 8: vs Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 15 Sunday, Dec. 15: @ Bengals, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 16 Sunday, Dec. 21 or Sunday, Dec. 22: vs Bills, time TBD TV TBD
Week 17 Sunday, Dec. 29: vs Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET CBS
In 1976 the Boston Patriots made it to the playoffs as a wild card contender. In 1978 they would make it in again, as AFC east champions. Finally in 1985, as the New England Patriots, they returned to the playoffs and made it all the way to super bowl XX, but lost to the Chicago Bears (another original AFL team). Eliminated in the first round in 1986, they would not make another playoff appearance for 8 years.
The New England Patriots had their first 3 super bowl wins in 2001, 2003, and 2004 under the guidance of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. In 2007 they were the 4th team in NFL history to go undefeated in the regular NFL season, with a record of 16-0.
As of July 2018, the New England Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Their net worth is estimated at 3.7 billion dollars. In 2019, the New England Patriots won their sixth super bowl title, tieing them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most super bowl wins, beating the Rams 13-3. Making appearances in 11 super bowls.
The New England Patriots hold 11 AFC conference championships ranging from 1985 to 2018, 1 AFL east division championship in 1963 and 19 AFC east division championships from 1078 to 2018. They also have 26 playoff appearances; 1 in 1963 under the AFL and 25 from 1976 to 2018 under the NFL.