New England Patriots Playoff History

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The New England Patriots are one of the most successful NFL teams in the 21st Century. Between 2000 and 2020, the Patriots appeared in the playoffs a whopping 17 times, winning the Super Bowl 6 times within these two decades. Originally established as the Boston Patriots in 1959, they renamed themselves as New England Patriots when the NFL-AFL merger came into effect (in 1970).






The New England Patriots broke and set many records during their stellar playoff performances. The Patriots are the team with the most number of playoff wins in NFL. They even hold the record for the highest postseason winning percentage (0.638), most consecutive division titles (21 titles from 2009 to 2019), and the longest winning streak during a regular season and playoff games ( 21 games, from October 2003 to 2004). The Patriots have missed out on a playoff berth in the 2022 NFL season after finishing third in AFC East.


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New England Patriots Playoff Appearances by Year


2022- Did not Qualify

2021 - Knocked out in the Wild Card round by Buffalo Bills (17-47)


2019 -Lost Wild Card Round to the Tennessee Titans (13-20)


2018 -Won Super Bowl by defeating the L.A. Rams (13-3)


2017 -Lost the Super Bowl (33-41) to the Philadelphia Eagles


2016 -Won Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons (34-28)


2015 -Lost the Conference Championship to the Denver Broncos (18-20)


2014 -Won the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks (28-24)


2013 -Lost the Conference Championship against the Denver Broncos (16-26)


2012 -Lost the Conference Championship against Baltimore Ravens (13-28)


2011 -Lost the Super Bowl to the NEw York Giants (14-17)


2010 -Knocked out in the Divisional Round (21-28) by the New York Jets


2009 -Lost the Wild Card Round against Baltimore Ravens (14-33)


2007 -Lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants (14-17)


2006 -Lost the Conference Championship to Indianapolis Colts (34-38)


2005 -Lost the Divisional Round against the Denver Broncos (13-27)


2004 -Won the Super Bowl (24-21) against the Phildelphia Eagles


2003 -Won Super Bowl by defeating the Carolina Panthers (32-29)


2001 -Won Super Bowl (20-17) by defeating the St. Louis Rams (now known as L.A. Rams)


1998 -Lost the Wild Card Round to the Jacksonville Jaguars (10-25)


1997 -Lost the Divisional Round (6-7) to the Pittaburgh Steelers


1996 -Lost the Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers (21-35)


1994 -Lost the Wild Card Round (13-20) against the Cleveland Browns


1986 -Knocked out in the Divisional Round by the Denver Broncos (17-22)


1985 -Lost Super Bowl (10-46) against the Chicago Bears


1982 -Lost the Wild Card Round against the Miami Dolphins (13-28)


1978 -Lost the Divisional Round against the Houston Oilers


1976 -Lost Divisional Round (21-24) against the Oakland Raiders


1963- Lost the AFL Championship against the San Diego Chargers (10-51)



Playoff Games Won by the New England Patriots


Total Playoff games played: 59

Playoff (wins-losses): 37-22

Wild Card Round wins: 4 (out of 10 games)

Divisional Round wins: 16 (out of 22 games)

Conference Championship wins: 11 (out of 15 games)

Super Bowl wins: 6 (out of 11 games)


How many playoff games has Tom Brady played at the Gillette Stadium?


Quarterback Tom Brady is one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game. Although he switched to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, his best games till now have been with the New England Patriots. Playing under coach Bill Belichick, Tom Brady led the Patriots to 6 Super Bowl wins, 11 Conference Championships, and 22 Division Championships. Brady is part of both the NFL 2000s and 2010’s All-Decade Team. The 5 time Super Bowl MVP has the most game-winning drives (67) in history.





Brady has appeared in 42 playoff games since 2001 and played 25 of the playoff games at the Gillette stadium. Brady was a scintillating presence at the Gillette Stadium and holds the record of most playoff wins by a quarterback (34).


How many times have the Patriots made the playoffs with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski?


Tom Brady was the driving force for the New England Patriot’s superb run of form over the past two decades. Along with him, one of the most important players for the Patriots was Rob Gronowski (tight end). Gronowski is one of the best tight end players to have played the game and appears in the NFL 2010s All-decade team with Tom Brady. He holds the record for having the most receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history (23).


With both players now playing for the Buccaneers, let us take a look back into their playoff performances with the Patriots.


WeekDate OpponentPoints Scored Points AllowedStadium
2018 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 13, 2019Los Angeles Chargers4128Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2018 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 20, 2019Kansas City Chiefs3731Arrowhead Stadium, Missouri
2018 Playoffs- NFL Super BowlFeb 3, 2019Los Angeles Rams133Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia
2017 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 13, 2018Tennessee Titans1431Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2017 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 21, 2018Jacksonville Jaguars2420Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2017 Playoffs- NFL Super BowlFeb 4, 2018Philadelphia Eagles 3341U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota
2016 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 14, 2017Houston Texans3416Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2016 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 22, 2017Pittsburgh Steelers3617Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2016 Playoffs- NFL Super BowlFeb 5, 2017Atlanta Falcons3428NRG Stadium, Texas
2015 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 16, 2016Kansas City Chiefs2720Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2015 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 24, 2016Denver Broncos1820Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Colorado
2014 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 10, 2015Baltimore Ravens3531Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2014 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 18, 2015Indianapolis Colts457Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2014 Playoffs- NFL Super BowlFeb 1, 2015Seattle Seahawks2824University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona
2013 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 11, 2014Indianapolis Colts4322Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2013 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 19, 2014Denver Broncos1626Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Colorado
2012 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 13, 2013Houston Texans4128Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2012 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 20, 2013Baltimore Ravens1328Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2011 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 14, 2012Denver Broncos4510Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2011 Playoffs- Conference ChampionshipJan 22, 2012Baltimore Ravens2320Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
2011 Playoffs- NFL Super BowlFeb 5, 2012New York Giants1721Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
2010 Playoffs- Divisional RoundJan 16, 2011New York Jets2128Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts


New England Patriots Championships and Rings Won


New England Patriots have won 6 Championship Rings from 6 NFL Super Bowl wins.





2001 (Super Bowl XXXVI)

2003 (Super Bowl XXXVIII)

2004 (Super Bowl XXXIX)

2014 (Super Bowl XLIX)

2016 (Super Bowl LI)

2019 (Super Bowl LIII)


New England Patriots Playoff Stats


Total Playoff Games Played: 59

Overall Playoff Record (Wins-Losses): 37-22

Total Super Bowls Won: 6 (11 Appearances)

All-time Passing Leader: Tom Brady 6,377/9,988, 74,571 yds, 541 TD

All-time Rushing Leader: Sam Cunningham 1,385 att, 5,453 yds, 43 TD

All-time Receiving Leader: Stanley Morgan 534 rec, 10,352 yds, 67 TD

All-time Scoring Leader: Stephen Gostkowski 1,775 points

All-time AV Leader: Tom Brady 285 AV

Coach with most wins: Bill Belichick 254-98-0

New England Patriots Super Bowl Stats


Total Super Bowl Appearances: 11

Super Bowls Won: 6

Super Bowl Winning Seasons: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018

Most Scoring Super Bowl Win: 13-3 win against Los Angeles Rams in 2018

Lowest Scoring Super Bowl Loss: 10-46 loss to Chicago Bears in 1986


Did the New England Patriots make it to the Playoffs this year?


The New England Patriots missed out on a playoff spot this season as they played their 3rd NFL season without veteran Tom Brady. The Patriots were already out of contention in the AFC East after placing 3rd in the division. However, they had a slim chance of making it in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs. A loss to the Buffalo Bills in the final gameweek of the regular season sealed the fate of the Patriots for the 2022-23 NFL Playoffs, as they missed out on a spot.


Popularly Asked Questions

1. How many Super Bowls have the New England Patriots lost?

The Patriots have lost a total of four Super Bowls. They lost the Super Bowl in 1986 for the first time to the Chicago Bears. They were bested by the New York Giants twice in the Super Bowl (2008 and 2012). They lost their last Super Bowl match to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.


2. What were the New England Patriots earlier called?

The New England Patriots were earlier called the Boston Patriots. The team relocated to Foxborough in 1971 and renamed themselves as the New England Patriots.


3. When was the last time that the Patriots won a game in the NFL Playoffs?

The Patriots won their last playoff game in the 2018 NFL Playoff, when they won the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams. They defeated the Rams 13-3.


Read about the New England Patriots' Super Bowl wins here


4. Which NFL team has the most number of Super Bowl appearances?


Currently it is the New England Patriots who have the most number of playoff appearances in the Super Bowl. With 11 Super Bowl appearances the Patriots completely dominate the Super Bowl scenario, also winning it the most number of times (6).


5. Who is the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots?

The current starting quarterback for the New England Patriots is Mac Jones. He was drafted by the Patriots in the 2021 NFL Draft.



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Philadelphia Eagles Playoff History, Appearances, Wins and more

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Playoff History, Appearances, Wins and more

Cleveland Browns Playoff History, Appearances, Wins and more

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