New England Patriots
New England Patriots TicketsThe New England Patriots, frequently called the "Pats" by sports writers and fans, are a professional American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They are currently the champions of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team's ownership changed the name, originally the Boston Patriots, after relocating the team to Foxborough in 1971.
An original member of the American Football League, the Patriots joined the NFL in the league merger of 1970. The team advanced to the playoffs four times before appearing in Super Bowl XX in January 1986. This Super Bowl appearance resulted in a loss to the Chicago Bears. The team also appeared in, and lost Super Bowl XXXI in 1997, to the Green Bay Packers.
Between 2001 and 2004, the Patriots became the second team in NFL history (after the Dallas Cowboys) to win three Super Bowls in four years (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX), and the seventh team to win consecutive Super Bowls.