Patriots break their own record for most wins in a decade

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The New England Patriots on Sunday won their 127th game since 2010, which makes this the winningest decade in NFL history. Breaking a record set by the Patriots last decade.

As noted by the Patriots’ Twitter, the previous record for most wins in a decade was 126, set by the Patriots from 2000 to 2009.

It’s rather amazing to consider that the Patriots, who could still win two more games this postseason and have another full season next year, have already won the most games in any decade in the history of the league. And it’s also amazing that the Patriots could set the record in one decade and break it in the next decade.

The team with the third-most wins in a decade, after the 2010s Patriots and 2000s Patriots, was the 2000s Colts. Fourth was the 1990s 49ers.

It’s worth noting that the 2010s, 2000s and 1990s are the only decades when every season was 16 games, so it’s not surprising that those three decades produced the four teams with the highest win totals. But what the Patriots have accomplished since 2000 is stunning.

78 responses to “Patriots break their own record for most wins in a decade

  1. what an absolutely amazing accomplishment!
    This organization (Belichick) has succeeded beyond levels that ANYONE could have even imagined possible.
    This is a record that no one could have ever dreamtt possible to set!
    Congratulation to the Patriots!!!

  2. While Russell, Cousy, Hondo, Cowens, Espo, Orr, Bird, Parrish, McHale et al. were winning championships in the 60’s~80’s all I wanted was for the Boston Patriots to be relevant. It started in 76 when Dreith stole their shot at a title, resumed in 85 though unfinished, had a hiatus until 96 when their “coach” stopped coaching, then, after all that waiting, this. Throw all the shade you want. Whine about the division, make childish sounds about cheating. This record, along with so many others, is in the books with no visible asterisks. Fans of Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Fran, etc had no problem puffing their chests when they were on top. It’s the NE fans turn.

  3. Even with Peyton, Colts only started winning when they moved out of the AFCE in 2002 (where they were perennially 3rd-4th, to the newly formed AFCS which for the rest of that decade was a joke. That is why Colts rarely did anything in the postseason despite all those wins.

    Pats prolonged success is about 3 times or so longer than any past dynasty, and of course that’s despite since the mid-1990s we’ve had Parity Rules of Cap an modern-FA. This is why Brady and Belichick are the GOATs and why Park Ave and the other 31 franchises hate them. I must admit if I was a fan of another team I’d be fed up, but at least recognize it as phenomenal.

  4. Seahawks fan here, but have to give the Patriots organization kudos for what they have done. It’s amazing to think that we’re in the midst of seeing history made with this team. As far as I’m concerned, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach to date.

    I don’t ever want the Seahawks to lose, but if it’s going to happen, it might as well be to an organization that is rewriting historical stats.
    /Respect

  5. Translation:

    Bills, Dolphins, and Jets break their own record for most miserable QB play in a decade…enabling the other Team…

  6. Thank you to all the Patriot Haters out there for your two decades worth of salty tears. For without that, this just wouldn’t feel so much more tremendous. Patriot Nation thanks DARTH HOODIE and TB-12 for their tremendous work ethics and sacrifices it takes to achieve this feat We as fans have truly witnessed greatness!!!!!

  7. This 25 year turnaround started with the hiring of Bill Parcells, who started to legitimize the program. People forget that he was hired by James Orthwein prior to Kraft buying the team. The next great move was letting go of Pete Carroll, who wasn’t ready yet to control a locker room (some would say it’s still like that) and had a talented Super Bowl squad declining. Enter Belichick. Enter 4th string QB Brady who Belichick was smart enough to give a chance to…

    Enter Sandman for the rest of the league since then.

    There are Patriot fans who are adults with their own families who have no clue what it was like during the Rod Rust/Dick MacPherson years. That’s how long it’s been. Wow.

  8. The Patriots are a winning machine, the likes of which has neve before been seen, and most certainly will never be replicated. This is an amazing accomplishment, but perhaps the greatest of all is this fact – New England hasn’t played a wild card game since the 2009 season, every year since, they’ve been a 1 or a 2 seed. No other team has even made the playoffs every season since 2009.

  9. Just think how many more wins they would have had at this time if 345 Park Ave hadn’t STOLEN 2 first rounders, a 4th & Brady for 4 games trying to force/create league parody & pacify jealous & envious owners!!??!!

  10. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    January 16, 2019 at 7:34 am
    Translation:

    Bills, Dolphins, and Jets break their own record for most miserable QB play in a decade…enabling the other Tea

    Then what’s your excuse for all the wins OUTSIDE the division?

    Exactly, you have nothing.

  11. Yet all we keep hearing is ‘how can the Patriots hope to stay in the game with the Chiefs?’

  12. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:05 am
    It’s worth noting that the 2010s, 2000s and 1990s are the only decades when every season was 16 games…

    What about the 1980s?
    The 16 game regular season began in 1978.

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    They didn’t play 16 games every year in the 80s, player strikes reduced the number of games in 82 & 87. In 87 they played 15 games and in 82 they played 9.

  13. wib22 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    Ernie Adams will have to help him out again!

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    Imagine the audacity of Belichick, surrounding himself with sharp people who add value.

    Coach Cowher picked the Chargers to win last Sunday, the only one on the Pregame Show to do so. Cowher didn’t believe the Chargers would win, he was just playing to the Steelers fan base that can’t give Brady, Belichick and the Patriots their due.

    How many fans post more to other teams threads than they do on the thread of the team they support? No Patriots fans do but there are fans of other teams that live on Patriots threads. That’s the definition of envy.

  14. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:05 am
    It’s worth noting that the 2010s, 2000s and 1990s are the only decades when every season was 16 games…

    What about the 1980s?
    The 16 game regular season began in 1978.

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    Two strike shortened seasons in the 1980’s….they didn’t play 16 games in those seasons.

  15. kissbillsrings says:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Just think how many more wins they would have had at this time if 345 Park Ave hadn’t STOLEN 2 first rounders, a 4th & Brady for 4 games trying to force/create league parody & pacify jealous & envious owners!!??!!

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    As a Pats fan, I will say none. The Patriots, especially Brady, are motivated by such disrespect. They did what they did to Brady with his mother sick with cancer and he still overcame all of it to beat Seattle and Atlanta. He was outstanding in the loss to the Eagles.

  16. The patriots would like to thank the Bills Dolphins and jets for all their mediocre play the last 10 years. They couldn’t have made this accomplishment with out you.

  17. No wonder why the Patriots and their fan base have no fun…winning sucks…If you do not believe me, just ask Cassius Marsh and Dion Lewis who are having loads of fun watching the “cheap” Pats from their couches this playoff season.

  18. I hate these guys and cannot wait for this dynasty to (one day, whenever the eff that is) blow up…

    But much RESPECT for what they have accomplished. I doubt anything like this will ever be duplicated again, in any sport.

    Head Coach and QB broke the frigging mold.

  19. Most incredible football franchise ever.
    Did this all in the free agency and salary cap era.
    Not like those early dynasties that kept all their same players for years.

  20. The Patriots have faced stiff competition from only a few teams during this long run:

    Carolina at home and on the road
    Denver in Denver
    Miami in Miami
    KC with Andy Reid as coach

    This weekend will be very tough for them to win, but still an amazing year given that this is probably the worst Patriot team since 2009.

  21. As a Pats fan, I will say none. The Patriots, especially Brady, are motivated by such disrespect. They did what they did to Brady with his mother sick with cancer and he still overcame all of it to beat Seattle and Atlanta. He was outstanding in the loss to the Eagles.

    9 1 Rate This

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    brady had some major gaffes vs philly. him starting super bowls so slow has been a huge problem

    tne dropped pass and fumble were also on him

  22. mammothfan says:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:53 am

    The patriots would like to thank the Bills Dolphins and jets for all their mediocre play the last 10 years. They couldn’t have made this accomplishment with out you.

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    …and also the best teams in the league which they actually have a better winning percentage against than the ‘Fins, Bills, and Jets. (There I fixed it for you)

  23. I want to second the thoughts of littledinkeedunka says and add a few of my own .Since I watched Bill vrs Wilt ,Bird vrs Magic ,a teenager named Orr becoming the prototypical scoring defensemen did I ever dream of what we Boston fans have lived through in the last 19 years .As a kid I saw Bill Russell win all those rings and Orr ,Espo and win a few Cups
    but I had to live through a few heartbreaks .Instead of becoming a lawyer straight out of college a guy named Ken Dryden became a Stanley Cup Champion goalie and torment the Bruins.A pitcher named Bob Gibson stomped all over the 67 Impossible dream season,Bucky #Dent,ball through Buckner’s legs ,Pedro being left in too long ,the tuna booking his next gig while preparing for the SB and worst of all Larry Bird’s back and McHale’s foot
    As s Boston/New England sports fan this last 19 years is nothing a little boy never mind
    a old fart like me could ever ever dream of. The 199 th pick becomes the greatest of all times is stuff of fiction .Rocky never really fought for the Heavy Weight title ,Rudy never really played for the Fighting Irish and the Mighty Ducks was a kids movie before becoming a pro hockey franchise and at least Secreteriat won the triple crown.

    In 2000 Sports Illustrated ran an article that said the city of Boston was furthest away from having a pro championship — man was that a prediction gone wrong.

  24. The Mahomes-led Chiefs have effectively stepped into the role once occupied by the Manning-led Colts/Broncos. It should be a similar rivalry for as long as Brady remains viable.

  25. For us Patriots fans who are over the age of 50, and who used to refer to ourselves as “long-suffering Patriots fans,” the last couple of decades have been incredibly sweet. I don’t know how much longer it can last, but I’m going to enjoy every minute of it!

  26. *In the easiest division for the past 20 years. I would love to play the Bills, Jets and Dolphins twice a year, every year. They have had zero competition. Good team but let’s be honest, a cake walk of a division and that is 6 games every year.

  27. carloswlassiter says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:21 am
    The Patriots have faced stiff competition from only a few teams during this long run:

    Carolina at home and on the road
    Denver in Denver
    Miami in Miami
    KC with Andy Reid as coach
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    Ravens and Giants as well.

  28. I truly believe it starts with Tom Brady. He’s the difference between 1 Super Bowl appearances every 10 years for a great Owner and Coach and 8 Super Bowl appearances in 17 years.

  29. carloswlassiter says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:21 am
    The Patriots have faced stiff competition from only a few teams during this long run:

    Carolina at home and on the road
    Denver in Denver
    Miami in Miami
    KC with Andy Reid as coach

    This weekend will be very tough for them to win, but still an amazing year given that this is probably the worst Patriot team since 2009.

    I think you could add Baltimore, New York (Giants) and Dallas to this list of teams who offered major competition pretty much whenever they played.

  30. “Brady had some major gaffes vs philly. him starting super bowls so slow has been a huge problem. Tne dropped pass and fumble were also on him.”

    —————

    Please stop.

    Brady’s stats verses Eagles in LII:

    C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
    28/48 505 10.5 3 0 1-5 83.8 115.4

  31. I don’t want to take anything away from Nick Foles, who earned the MVP in LII, but Brady did not lose that game, the defense did.

    C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
    28/43 373 8.7 3 1 0-0 88.6 106.1

  32. John Faulstich says:
    January 16, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I think you could add Baltimore, New York (Giants) and Dallas to this list of teams who offered major competition pretty much whenever they played.
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    Agreed re the giants, but not even close on the other 2.

    Patriots are 9-3 vs the Ravens in the Brady era (a .750 winning %), and 4-0 vs the Cowboys.

  33. If you want to know how the Pats have sustained two decades of dominance, look no further than this season. This whole year has been a grind of incremental improvement, unit by unit, player by player. On offense, the year started with a rookie RB recovering from injury and learning, while other RBs lost to injury, a depleted WR corps, and Brady less sharp than the previous decade. The defense started with a weak pass rush that left huge gaps for QB scrambles, LBs that were too slow and often out of position, and coverage breakdowns.

    Now look at this team: the most diverse and complete running game the league has seen in ages, blowing people off the ball and confusing defenders; best play action game in football, great screen game, and finally a sharp quick passing game, which had always been a Pats staple. The defense is blanketing people in coverage and running complex schemes that make the QB hesitate, getting the highest pressure rate on the QB in the league with confusing stunts and fronts, and generating turnovers at a steady clip.

    The great thing about NE is there is no obvious greatness. They grind. They never settle for what “they do best”. They are always building their toolbox. Sometimes they come up a little short, and sometimes they end up on top, but they are always in the fight at the end.

    Nothing would be more fitting for the Patriots legacy than for this year’s team to have their most dominant post season ever, after a season of constant adjustment and seeming vulnerability. Go Pats!

  34. patriotmaleorgy says:

    January 16, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Lets talk about the Patriots before the tuck rule.

    =========================================

    Its not quite as bad as you think as the late 80’s Pats teams and their crappy stadium make people forget that they had a handful of good teams before then.

    Pats pre-2001:

    playoff appearances:
    1963, 1976, 1978, 1985, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998

    division titles
    1978, 1986, 1996, 1997

    Conference titles/Super Bowl appearances:
    1985, 1996

    NFL hall of famers:
    4 (Hannah, Buoniconti, Haynes, Tippett)

    Not great, but certainly not a complete disaster either.

  35. They are not just one Goliath. BRADY! BELICHICK! they are TWO Goliath’s. The Machine stomps on!

    The words of the great John Malkovich
    2018 AFC Title game tease.

  36. “Patriots are 9-3 vs the Ravens in the Brady era (a .750 winning %)”

    Yeah but to be fair a lot of those wins were in the last moments of the game barely beating the Ravens. They have given the Pats first over the years and we all know it was a huge relief to Brady when Ed Reed retired. Other than Revis, Reed was the biggest kryptonite player for Brady in opposing secondaries over the years

  37. tylawspick6 says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:56 am
    As a Pats fan, I will say none. The Patriots, especially Brady, are motivated by such disrespect. They did what they did to Brady with his mother sick with cancer and he still overcame all of it to beat Seattle and Atlanta. He was outstanding in the loss to the Eagles.

    9 1 Rate This

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    brady had some major gaffes vs philly. him starting super bowls so slow has been a huge problem

    tne dropped pass and fumble were also on him

    ————

    What exactly is your point? That Brady isn’t perfect? Nobody is. Even Montana only made 4 Super Bowls in 15 years. He may have been near perfect against (vastly inferior) AFC teams in those 4 games, but He made some mistakes the other 11 years to either miss the playoffs, go one-and-done or lose big playoff games.

  38. It helps when you don’t change quarterbacks and head coaches every 1-3 years, and that the ones you do have are competent.

  39. absolutely incredible. while i may be a jet fan, i am a fan of the game first & foremost & what the patriots have done the past two decades has been truly unbelievable. the fates aligned & they got arguably the greatest coach and qb in the same year & none of this happens if not for mo lewis’ hit on bledsoe. crazy.

  40. they got arguably the greatest coach and qb in the same year

    Don’t forget the owner. It’s the quality of all three that were in their prime at the same time which will make this nearly impossible to duplicate.

  41. What the Patriots is what is called a perfect storm. It starts at the top with Kraft, an owner who recognizes greatness and does not meddle with it. Then the coach, the greatest coach of all time. Not much else needs to be said there. And finally, the greatest stroke of draft luck in the history of the NFL by far, finding the greatest QB of all time in the 6th round. And the fact that all three of them work together perfectly. Ego could’ve easily dissolved the partnership long ago, yet here they are, grinding on. Take a good look at it, because you will never see anything like this ever again.

  42. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:05 am
    It’s worth noting that the 2010s, 2000s and 1990s are the only decades when every season was 16 games…

    What about the 1980s?
    The 16 game regular season began in 1978.
    ——————————
    There were a couple of strike shortened seasons in the 80s.

  43. Sounds like everyone is already designing the Pats new SB ring. You hear this KC? um ….. there is another game before the SB.

  44. phinatic29 says:
    January 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    Sounds like everyone is already designing the Pats new SB ring. You hear this KC? um ….. there is another game before the SB.

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    I don’t hear that. But sadly as a Dolphins fan I have to admit….these Patriots have owned us for so long that most of can’t even think straight

  45. This is also a period of the bills, dolphins, jets all playing historically bad. All those teams were in 4 team divisions where 3 teams were not playing well. The Patriots have a red carpet to a home field divisional game every season. Just like the 49ers of the 80’s & 90’s. They destroy their own division for 6 easy wins a season.

  46. thefiesty1 says:
    January 16, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Remarkable to say the least. Chances are they won’t do it again for a third decade.
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    I disagree. I think Brady plays until he is 54 years old, Belichick keeps coaching into his 80s and they keep it rolling.

  47. Brady….. 1 more 3 year contract should do it….. puts him at his goal of 45 & gives BB time to find his guy to groom under Brady for a couple years……
    I’m just curious as to whom the Pats can get picking 32nd in the draft??!!

  48. I’m old enough to have watched them play at Harvard, Boston College, Northeastern and Fenway Park. Was a season ticket holder the first 4 years of that crappy first stadium in Foxboro. Used wot watch Jim Plunkett getting killed weakly. Never mind the toilet fiascos, aluminum bench seats and incredible traffic jams on Route 1 and the parking lot itself. Yup, and we still call them the good ole days

  49. The AFC East over this period is better than the AFC South, the NFC North, and the until recently the NFC West. The NFC East has been no prize either.

  50. vikesfansteve says:
    January 16, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This is also a period of the bills, dolphins, jets all playing historically bad. All those teams were in 4 team divisions where 3 teams were not playing well. The Patriots have a red carpet to a home field divisional game every season. Just like the 49ers of the 80’s & 90’s. They destroy their own division for 6 easy wins a season.

    Typical of the uniformed comments on the quality of the division (amusingly contrasted by one poster who referred to the games at Miami as rare stiff competition). Reality is, one time 6-0, three 4-2, the rest 5-1. (quick count, could be four 4-2).

    Think about it, if an average team goes about 8-8 on average over ten years, that’s eighty wins, 80. IF the Pats had about 43 wins against their division, that’s 83 wins without even counting those division games, and with a year to go. In a time where it supposedly is harder than ever to be a dynasty, here’s a real dynasty, not a fly by not couple hot years kind.

  51. is somebody actually suggesting that this amazing record is because the Bills, Dolphins and Jets have been bad for TWENTY years???
    Need to check your facts partner. lol!!

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