With 16 postseason games, Patriots have played seven seasons in last six years

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The Patriots have grown accustomed to shorter offseasons and more wear and tear on players’ bodies, thanks to always advancing in the playoffs.

Over the last six seasons, the Patriots have played in 16 postseason games — a full extra season. A fan on Reddit who attended a recent talk with Patriots coach Bill Belichick posted that Belichick noted that they’ve effectively played seven seasons in the last six years.

The Seahawks have played the next-most postseason games over the last six years, with 11, and the Packers have played eight. No other team has even played half a season’s worth of postseason games over the last six years. Three teams (the Browns, Jets and Buccaneers) haven’t even been to the postseason in the last six years, and another six teams (the Bills, Bears, Dolphins, Giants, Raiders and Washington) have only been to one postseason game in that time. Extra rest in the offseason hasn’t seemed to help those teams much.

At a time when there’s renewed debate about whether NFL players could withstand 18-game seasons, the Patriots are playing 18- and 19-game seasons routinely.

24 responses to “With 16 postseason games, Patriots have played seven seasons in last six years

  1. Nick Hardwick wrote it well as the FMIA Guest scribe this week. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are beyond impressive.

    We are all Patriots, and we have all had the great privilege to watch, and continue to watch, the Greatest NFL Dynasty of All-Time, the New England Patriots, to start this millennium.

    Let us all bow are heads and give thanks.

  2. It may seem to show teams can do 18 game seasons, but then Pats’d then face 20-21 each yr!

  3. The Patriots 2011 to 2018 run is the greatest in NFL history in terms of winning percentage, playoff wins and Super Bowl titles. The 2nd best run of alltime? The 2001 to 2007 Patriots.

  4. Good job Bill noting that uninresting fact. I’d be more impressed if your coaching tenure wasn’t been built on cheating.

  5. vaphinfan says:
    June 10, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Good job Bill noting that uninresting fact. I’d be more impressed if your coaching tenure wasn’t been built on cheating.
    ________________________
    ^^^^ Don’t ever be this person, full of envy, emptiness, and hate.

  6. vaphinfan says:
    June 10, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Good job Bill noting that uninresting fact. I’d be more impressed if your coaching tenure wasn’t been built on cheating.
    ————————————————————————————-
    Let me guess – you’re fine with Don Shula watering the field vs the Jets in the AFC title game?

  7. In those “seven seasons”… the new england patriots
    have benefited from 806 bogus pass interference penalties,
    526 “well timed” offensive/defensive holding penalties against opponents,
    and multiple cheating scandals.

    So… enjoy your team’s successful propped up fraud.

    LOL!!!

  8. redclaw1314 says:

    But can we expect the Patriots to play 20 to 21 games per season?
    ——————————————————————–
    Exactly! That’s what makes their continuous run of success so impressive and unmatched. The season is a grind, and often it’s the healthiest, most mentally tough teams that go furthest in the playoffs. Extending the regular season would just punish the best teams more, by taking away an already shortened offseason.

  9. Brady playing an additional 40 postseason games…amounting to an extra 2.5 seasons…is just remarkable.

  10. doctorrustbelt says:
    June 10, 2019 at 9:24 am
    In those “seven seasons”… the new england patriots
    have benefited from 806 bogus pass interference penalties,
    526 “well timed” offensive/defensive holding penalties against opponents,
    and multiple cheating scandals.

    So… enjoy your team’s successful propped up fraud.
    *************

    There’s medication that can treat that anger. Maybe a couple visits to a counselor. Let it go.

  11. exinsidetrader says:
    June 10, 2019 at 7:24 am
    vaphinfan says:
    June 10, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Good job Bill noting that uninresting fact. I’d be more impressed if your coaching tenure wasn’t been built on cheating.
    ________________________
    ^^^^ Don’t ever be this person, full of envy, emptiness, and hate
    +++++++++++++++
    Says the guy who scams people out of money

  12. YES, life is OUTSTANDING in Patriots nation…..
    What an awesome ride it has been & looks to be for yet some time……to have been lucky enough to have witness it all to this point Is what it’s like to be truly blessed……
    AMAZING….. just freakin AMAZING!!!!!!
    Have a great summer everyone, cause come September-February, life as a football fan for those not fortunate enough to be a Patriots fan might not be so encoring…..
    Go Pats!!!!!

  13. Life is about choices , it amazes me that some posters choose to spend their time on Pats articles spewing hate! Please, get a hobby, other than spewing hate on Pats articles! Life is too short!

    Go Bruins!!

  14. When you cheat, you make the playoffs. Patriots seems to make the playoffs more than other teams. They also cheat the most.

  15. Based on the comments above, the amount of pain, anxiety and sheer frustration the Patriots have generated for fans of other teams is absolutely delicious.

  16. My favorite part about all this Patriots success is the haters crying, whining, screaming, pouting, ulcers, anxiety, depression, and the actual pain they feel. But if I could only choose one, I would change it every day and enjoy it over and over again.

  17. I wonder “if” teams that the Patriots played during that extra season were better would they have won as much? Haters logic… They wonder why everything comes with a warning label.

  18. Please do the math, Patriots have played on average over 18 games per season in the Bellichick era: 304 regular season games and 40 postseason games for a total of 344 games on 19 seasons, this is 18.1 games per season

  19. and if they up it to 18 games, pats will be playing 20-21 every year as long as beligoat is there. if they make it more of a challenge, belichick will just be that much more dominant.

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