New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area.wikipedia
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AFC East

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The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.
There are currently four teams that reside in the division: the Buffalo Bills (based in Orchard Park, New York); the Miami Dolphins (based in Miami Gardens, Florida); the New England Patriots (based in Foxborough, Massachusetts); and the New York Jets (based in East Rutherford, New Jersey).

Gillette Stadium

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The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 28 mi southwest of Boston, Massachusetts.
It serves as the home stadium and administrative offices for both the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Jets–Patriots rivalry

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The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.
The Jets–Patriots rivalry is a rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots of the National Football League.

National Football League

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The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.
Since the creation of the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots both have the most championship titles at six.

American Football League

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Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, an original member of the American Football League (AFL), the team joined the NFL in the leagues' 1970 merger, then changed its name when it moved to Foxborough in 1971. On November 16, 1959, Boston business executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL).
The AFL's original lineup consisted of an Eastern division of the New York Titans, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Houston Oilers, and a Western division of the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Dallas Texans.

Foxboro Stadium

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The New England Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium through 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season.
It opened in 1971 and served as the home of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) until 2002 and also as the home venue for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) from 1996 to 2002.

Bill Belichick

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Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the Patriots have become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, claiming 16 AFC East titles as part of 18 consecutive winning seasons since 2001.
William Stephen Belichick ( or ; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).

Tom Brady

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Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the Patriots have become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, claiming 16 AFC East titles as part of 18 consecutive winning seasons since 2001.
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).

American Football Conference

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The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.
The current AFC champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 AFC Championship Game for their 11th conference championship.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins (six), and with the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses (five).
Pittsburgh is tied with the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl titles at six, and the team has both played in (16 times) and hosted (11 times) more conference championship games than has any other NFL team.

Super Bowl

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The team owns the record for most Super Bowl appearances (nine) and wins (six) by a head coach–quarterback tandem, most conference championships overall (eleven), most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven).
The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championship titles, with six.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era

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The team owns the record for most Super Bowl appearances (nine) and wins (six) by a head coach–quarterback tandem, most conference championships overall (eleven), most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven).
The Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, as commonly referred to by sports fans, is the sports dynasty formed by quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have led the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL) since 2000.

Billy Sullivan (American football)

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On November 16, 1959, Boston business executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL).
William Hallissey Sullivan Jr. (September 13, 1915 – February 23, 1998) was an American businessman who owned the Boston Patriots franchise from their inception in the American Football League (AFL, 1960–1969) until their sale, as the New England Patriots of the NFL, to Victor Kiam in 1988.

Foxborough, Massachusetts

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The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 28 mi southwest of Boston, Massachusetts.
The town is best known as the site of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots of the National Football League and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.

AFL–NFL merger

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Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, an original member of the American Football League (AFL), the team joined the NFL in the leagues' 1970 merger, then changed its name when it moved to Foxborough in 1971.
The new league had six franchises by August 1959 and eight by the time of its first opening day in 1960: Boston (Patriots), Buffalo (Bills), New York City (Titans), Houston (Oilers), Denver (Broncos), Dallas (Texans), Oakland (Raiders), and Los Angeles (Chargers).

Denver Broncos

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The Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins (six), and with the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses (five).
They have won eight AFC Championships, and three Super Bowl championships ( (XXXII), (XXXIII), (50)), and share the NFL record for most Super Bowl losses (5 — tied with the New England Patriots).

Fenway Park

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Nickerson Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, and Alumni Stadium all served as home fields during their time in the American Football League.
Besides baseball games it has been the site of many other sporting and cultural events including professional football games for the Boston Redskins, Boston Yanks, and the New England Patriots; concerts; soccer and hockey games (such as the 2010 NHL Winter Classic); and political and religious campaigns.

History of the San Diego Chargers

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They played in only one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season, in which they lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10.
In 1959, the team began as the "Los Angeles Chargers" when they entered the American Football League (AFL), joining seven other teams: the Denver Broncos, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, New York Titans, Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills, and Boston Patriots.

Pat Patriot

Immediately thereafter, artist Phil Bissell of The Boston Globe developed the "Pat Patriot" logo.
Pat Patriot, commonly referred to as "Pat The Patriot," is the mascot of the New England Patriots, a National Football League (NFL) franchise based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Bill Parcells

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Though Orthwein's period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team, first with the hiring of former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1993.
Parcells later served as the head coach of the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys.

James Orthwein

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They changed ownership three times in the ensuing 14 years, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992.
Orthwein was the owner of the New England Patriots during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

New York Jets

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The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.
Hess lured then-disgruntled New England Patriots head coach Bill Parcells to New York in 1997.

Victor Kiam

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They changed ownership three times in the ensuing 14 years, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992.
Victor Kermit Kiam II (December 7, 1926 – May 27, 2001) was an American entrepreneur and TV spokesman for Remington Products, and the owner of the New England Patriots football team from 1988–1991.

Pete Carroll

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Pete Carroll, Parcells's successor, would also take the team to the playoffs twice in 1997 and 1998 before being dismissed as head coach after the 1999 season.
He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the USC Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC).

Dallas Cowboys

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By 2009, the value of the franchise had increased by over $1billion, to a Forbes magazine estimated value of $1.361billion, third highest in the NFL only behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.
The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, just behind the New England Patriots record eleven Super Bowl appearances.