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If the New England Patriots win on Sunday at Miami, the Patriots will clinch the AFC East for the 10th consecutive year. They won’t just be the only NFL team to win a division 10 years in a row, but they’ll be just the second team in any of the four major North American sports leagues to win a division 10 years in a row. Only the Atlanta Braves, who won their division every year from 1995 through 2005, have done it before.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/12/08/patriots-a-win-away-from-an-incredible-10th-straight-division-title/

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I know this an incredibly "spoiled fan" thing to say, but if it weren't for Bernard Pollard the streak would stand at 16 right now, shattering the record.

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4 hours ago, ChazStandard said:

I know this an incredibly "spoiled fan" thing to say, but if it weren't for Bernard Pollard the streak would stand at 16 right now, shattering the record.

Its certainly hard to argue that the Goat wouldnt be able to add at least one win on that season. 

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1 hour ago, Deadpulse said:

Its certainly hard to argue that the Goat wouldnt be able to add at least one win on that season. 

They were a Gaffney drop away from beating the Colts, and then an OT loss to Jets, away from 13-3, without Brady. Honestly think they could have gone at least 15-1 with him. In what was a pretty mediocre year, they would have made the Superbowl at a canter and could easily have blown the doors off the Cardinals, who they beat by 40 points in the regular season.

Hurts to think about.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has long since shattered the NFL record for most career postseason games played, but Super Bowl LIII will be a special milestone. The Super Bowl will be Brady’s 40th career postseason game, easily the most of any player in NFL history.

In second place all time is Brady’s former teammate Adam Vinatieri, who has played 32 career postseason games, 17 with the Patriots and 15 with the Colts. In third is Jerry Rice, who played in 29 postseason games, 23 with the 49ers, five with the Raiders and one with the Seahawks. And moving into fourth place all time on Super Bowl Sunday will be Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who will play in his 28th career postseason game.

Brady’s record is unbreakable for many years: It’s not realistic to think the 46-year-old Vinatieri will last long enough to break it. Gostkowski turns 35 next week and probably can’t break it either, in part because he can’t make up any ground with Brady as long as they’re playing in the postseason together. No other active players are close, with Patriots special teamer Matt Slater next at 22 and Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tied at 21. No other active players are even halfway to Brady.

So 40 career postseason games is among the records Brady will hold the longest. Maybe forever.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/01/22/super-bowl-will-be-tom-bradys-40th-postseason-game/

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The accomplishments of the Patriots deserve praise for many reasons. Here’s one that often gets overlooked: They manage the grind of playing into late January and/or early February better than any team ever has. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, participation deep into the postseason tournament takes a toll on a football team. For eight straight years, the Patriots nevertheless have advanced to the NFL’s final four.

And in the last eight seasons, they’ve played in 21 extra games. That’s 1.3 additional football seasons, spread over eight years.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/02/05/patriots-have-played-21-extra-games-over-the-last-eight-years/

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Bill Belichick has now won six Super Bowls as the Patriots’ head coach. But 23 years ago today, he was in a very different place.

It was on February 15, 1996, that Belichick was fired by Art Modell, the owner of the franchise that Belichick had coached as the Cleveland Browns but was about to become the Baltimore Ravens. Belichick had just gone 5-11 in 1995, his final year in Cleveland, but Modell had initially indicated that he was going to bring Belichick with him to Baltimore. However, in a surprise announcement 23 years ago today, Modell announced that he was firing Belichick and hiring Ted Marchibroda, the former head coach of the Baltimore Colts, to become the head coach of the Baltimore franchise that hadn’t yet chosen “Ravens” as a team name.

As noted by SI.com, when he was coach of the Browns, Belichick was treated as a punching bag, often portrayed as a grumpy jerk who didn’t have a clue what he was doing — a far cry from the way he’s now portrayed, as a grumpy jerk who is the greatest coach of all-time.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/02/15/on-this-day-23-years-ago-the-browns-ravens-fired-bill-belichick/

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6 hours ago, vike daddy said:

Bill Belichick has now won six Super Bowls as the Patriots’ head coach. But 23 years ago today, he was in a very different place.

It was on February 15, 1996, that Belichick was fired by Art Modell, the owner of the franchise that Belichick had coached as the Cleveland Browns but was about to become the Baltimore Ravens. Belichick had just gone 5-11 in 1995, his final year in Cleveland, but Modell had initially indicated that he was going to bring Belichick with him to Baltimore. However, in a surprise announcement 23 years ago today, Modell announced that he was firing Belichick and hiring Ted Marchibroda, the former head coach of the Baltimore Colts, to become the head coach of the Baltimore franchise that hadn’t yet chosen “Ravens” as a team name.

As noted by SI.com, when he was coach of the Browns, Belichick was treated as a punching bag, often portrayed as a grumpy jerk who didn’t have a clue what he was doing — a far cry from the way he’s now portrayed, as a grumpy jerk who is the greatest coach of all-time.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/02/15/on-this-day-23-years-ago-the-browns-ravens-fired-bill-belichick/

Well Modell blew it - the fun BB would have had with that Baltimore roster...they could easily have been a dynasty.

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