A History of the Patriots at the Super Bowl
On February 1 the New England Patriots are heading to Super Bowl XLIX to face the Seattle Seahawks for the championship. Even if you aren’t a big football fan, there is no denying that Boston is one of the best cities
for sports anywhere in the country! In fact, between the four professional teams, Boston has won seven national championships in 10 years, undeniably making our city Title Town USA. But before head coach Bill Belichick arrived, the Patriots had only notched consecutive playoff appearances twice in their franchise history! Since Belichick took over in 2000, the Patriots have become one of the most successful teams in NFL history!
An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in 1970 when the two leagues merged to become the NFL that we know today. They have been to the Super Bowl eight times
, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys for most Super Bowl appearances as a franchise. However, the Patriots have the most Super Bowl appearances in the last 25 years of any NFL team. They have won twelve AFC East titles in the last fourteen seasons and have not had a losing season since 2000.
The Patriots made their first Super Bowl appearance at Super Bowl XX in 1986, but they ended up losing to the Chicago Bears. They also played in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997, but once again lost, this time to the Green Bay Packers. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2002, defeating the favored St. Louis Rams. Then in 2004 they defeated the Carolina Panthers. They became back-to-back champs in 2005, when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots finished the 2007 regular season by winning all sixteen of their games. They became only the fourth team in NFL history to do so and first since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to have an undefeated regular season. They won all their post-season games but a loss to the New York Giants put an end to the near-perfect season. Their loss in the final minutes of the fourth quarter is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history and was a rough day for Patriots fans. The Patriots also played in the Super Bowl both in 2012, but once again they lost to the New York Giants.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that there are no favorites in this game, although numberFive.com
is giving the Seahawks a slight advantage with a 52.3% chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They predict it will be a nail biter, with the final score being Seattle 24, New England 23.