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New England Patriots
American Football League
American Football League
(1960–1969) * Eastern Division (1960–1969)NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1970 –PRESENT) * AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (1970–PRESENT) * AFC EAST (1970–PRESENT) CURRENT UNIFORM TEAM COLORSNavy Blue, Red, Silver, White MASCOT Pat Patriot PERSONNEL OWNER(S)
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De Facto
In law and government, DE FACTO (/deɪ ˈfæktoʊ/ or /di ˈfæktoʊ/ ; Latin : de facto, "in fact"; Latin pronunciation: ), describes practices that exist in reality, even if not legally recognised by official laws. It is commonly used to refer to what happens in practice, in contrast with de jure ("in law"), which refers to things that happen according to law. Unofficial customs that are widely accepted are sometimes called de facto standards
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1996–97 NFL Playoffs
The PLAYOFFS, PLAY-OFFS, POSTSEASON and/or FINALS of a sports league are a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade. Depending on the league, the playoffs may be either a single game, a series of games, or a tournament , and may use a single-elimination system or one of several other different playoff formats . Playoff, in regard to international fixtures, is to qualify or progress to the next round of a competition or tournament. In team sports in the U.S. and Canada, the vast distances and consequent burdens on cross-country travel have led to regional divisions of teams. Generally, during the regular season, teams play more games in their division than outside it, but the league's best teams might not play against each other in the regular season. Therefore, in the postseason a playoff series is organized
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1963 American Football League Season
The 1963 AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEASON was the fourth regular season of the American Football League
American Football League
(AFL). The season ended when the San Diego
San Diego
Chargers defeated the Boston Patriots in the AFL championship game – to this date the only major league championship won by the Chargers and the city of San Diego
San Diego
. The original eight franchises of 1960 remained, but two underwent name changes, with one relocating. The New York Titans changed their team colors and were renamed the New York Jets
New York Jets
; the defending AFL champion Dallas Texans moved north to Missouri
Missouri
and became the Kansas City Chiefs
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1970 NFL Season
The 1970 NFL SEASON was the 51st regular season of the National Football League , and the first one after the AFL–NFL merger . The season concluded with Super Bowl V when the Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
16-13 at the Miami Orange Bowl
Miami Orange Bowl
. The Pro Bowl took place on January 24, 1971, where the NFC beat the AFC 27-6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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Massachusetts
MASSACHUSETTS (/ˌmæsəˈtʃuːsɪts/ ( listen ), /-zɪts/ ), officially known as the COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, is the most populous state in the New England
New England
region of the northeastern United States . It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the east, the states of Connecticut
Connecticut
and Rhode Island
Rhode Island
to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont
Vermont
to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area. The capital of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
and the most populous city in New England
New England
is Boston
Boston

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1986 Nfl Season
The 1986 NFL SEASON was the 67th regular season of the National Football League . The defending Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears shared the league's best record with the Giants at 14-2, with the Giants claiming the spot in the NFC by tiebreakers. In the AFC, the Cleveland Browns earned home-field advantage with a record of 12-4, and they hosted the New York Jets in round one of the AFC playoffs. The Jets had started the season at 10-1 before losing their final five contests. The game went to double OT, with the Browns finally prevailing 23-20. The following Sunday, John Elway and the Denver Broncos defeated the Browns by an identical score in the game known as The Drive , where Elway drove his team 98 yards to send the game to overtime to win. The Giants would defeat their rival Washington Redskins in the NFC title game, blanking them 17-0 to advance to their first Super Bowl
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1994–95 NFL Playoffs
The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS for the 1994 SEASON began on December 31, 1994. The postseason tournament concluded with the San Francisco 49ers defeating the San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
in Super Bowl XXIX , 49–26, on January 29, 1995, at Joe Robbie Stadium
Joe Robbie Stadium
in Miami
Miami
, Florida
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List Of National Football League Mascots
The following is a LIST OF MASCOTS OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE TEAMS AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE TEAM MASCOT(S) DESCRIPTION Baltimore Ravens Poe , Rise and Conquer Poe, a raven, named after Edgar Allan Poe
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1978 NFL Season
The 1978 NFL SEASON was the 59th regular season of the National Football League . The league expanded the regular season from a 14-game schedule to 16. Furthermore, the playoff format was expanded from 8 teams to 10 teams by adding another wild card from each conference. The wild card teams played each other, with the winner advancing to the playoff round of eight teams. The season ended with Super Bowl XIII when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
at the Orange Bowl in Miami
Miami
. The average salary for a player in 1978 was under $62,600, up 13.2 percent over the previous year. Fran Tarkenton was the highest-paid quarterback at $360,000 and running back O. J. Simpson was the highest paid player, at just under $733,400
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Foxborough, Massachusetts
FOXBOROUGH is a town in Norfolk County , Massachusetts
Massachusetts
, United States , about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Boston
Boston
and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Providence , Rhode Island
Rhode Island
. Foxborough is part of the Greater Boston
Boston
area. The population was 16,865 at the 2010 census . "Foxborough" is the official spelling of the town name, although the alternative spelling "FOXBORO" is also frequently used. This alternative spelling is used by the United States
United States
Postal Service as the correct form by which to address mail to recipients in the town although both can be processed by their system
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1978–79 NFL Playoffs
The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS for the 1978 SEASON began on December 24, 1978. The postseason tournament concluded with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
defeating the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
in Super Bowl XIII , 35–31, on January 21, 1979, at the Orange Bowl in Miami
Miami
. This was the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team format, adding a second wild card team (a fifth seed) from each conference. The two wild card teams from each conference (the 4 and 5 seeds) would play each other in the first round, called the "Wild Card Playoffs." The division winners (seeds 1, 2, and 3) automatically advanced to the Divisional Playoffs, which became the second round of the playoffs. However, the league continued to prohibit meetings between two teams from the same division in the Divisional Playoffs
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1997 NFL Season
The 1997 NFL SEASON was the 78th regular season of the National Football League . The Oilers relocated from Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
to Nashville, Tennessee . The newly renamed Tennessee Oilers played their home games during this season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
while a new stadium in Nashville began construction. Houston would rejoin the NFL with the expansion Texans in 2002 . This was the last season to date that TNT broadcast NFL games, as well as the last for NBC
NBC
until 2006 . When the TV contracts were renewed near the end of the season, Fox retained the National Football Conference package, CBS took over the American Football Conference package and ESPN
ESPN
won the right to televise all of the Sunday night games
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1986–87 NFL Playoffs
The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS for the 1986 SEASON began on December 28, 1986. The postseason tournament concluded with the New York Giants defeating the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
in Super Bowl XXI
Super Bowl XXI
, 39–20, on January 25, 1987, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
Pasadena, California

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1982–83 NFL Playoffs
The NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS for the 1982 SEASON began on January 8, 1983. The postseason tournament concluded with the Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
defeating the Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
in Super Bowl XVII
Super Bowl XVII
, 27–17, on January 30, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
Pasadena, California
. A players' strike reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff format (dubbed the "Super Bowl Tournament"), just for this year. Division standings were ignored (although each division did send at least one team to the playoffs). Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8 based on their regular season records. Because of the eight-game first round, this was the first (and currently only) time that NFL playoff games were regionally televised across the United States instead of nationwide
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1976–77 NFL Playoffs
The National Football League playoffs for the 1976 season began on December 18, 1976. The postseason tournament concluded with the Oakland Raiders defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI , 32–14, on January 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
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