The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region.
Greater Boston is the metropolitan region of New England encompassing the municipality of Boston, the capital of the U.S. state of Massachusetts and the most populous city in New England, as well as its surrounding areas.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
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The Patriots compete in the National Football League as a member of the American Football Conference East division.
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
The American Football Conference – Eastern Division or AFC East is a division of the National Football League 's American Football Conference.
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The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
Foxborough is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, about 22 miles southwest of Boston and 18 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island.
Providence is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, founded in 1636, and one of the oldest cities in the United States.
Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae.
An original member of the American Football League, the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues.
The American Football League was a major professional American football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the National Football League.
The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971.
The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season.
Foxboro Stadium, originally Schaefer Stadium and later Sullivan Stadium, was an outdoor stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States.
The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.
The Patriots have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times in franchise history, six of them since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League, the highest level of professional American football in the world.
A quarterback is a player holding a position in American and Canadian football.
The Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 14 AFC East titles in 16 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period.
East is one of the four cardinal directions or points of the compass.
The Patriots have since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period, an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history, and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history.
The Patriots own the record for most Super Bowls reached by a head coach-quarterback tandem, as well as being the first tandem to win the Super Bowl 13 years after the first.