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The New England Patriots are a professional football team in the National Football League. The team is located in Foxborough, Massachusetts and play their home games at Gillette Stadium. Gillette Stadium has a capacity of 68,756 and opened in 2002. The team plays in the AFC East division and is currently coached by Bill Belichick. The team was established in 1959 originally in Boston before moving to Foxborough in 1971 and changing their name to the New England Patriots from the Boston Patriots.
The team has featured 14 different coaches in their more than 50 year history, beginning with Lou Saban. Five different Patriots head coaches have been named Coach of the Year: Mike Holovak, Chuck Fairbanks, Raymond Berry, Bill Parcells, and Bill Belichick, who has won the award three different times. Belichick has been the team’s most successful coach, compiling a 139-53 record since he took over as coach in 2000, to go along with five AFC Championships and three Super Bowl victories in 2001, 2003, and 2004. The team has made 19 total playoff appearances, with one coming in the AFL in 1963, and the next 18 in the NFL. Their most recent playoff appearance came in 2011 when they reached the playoffs for the third straight year and for the ninth time in the past eleven years. The team has won 14 division championships, including nine out of the past eleven years. The team has won seven conference championships, most recently in 2011. The team has won three Super Bowls, all three coming in the 21st century with victories in 2001, 2003, and 2004.Four former Patriots have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: John Hannah, Nick Buoniconti, Mike Haynes, and Andre Tippett. Tom Brady is the only Patriot to have won a MVP Award, taking home the honor in 2007 and 2010.
The Patriots have two main rivals, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Since 1960, the Bills and Patriots have faced off 105 times with New England holding a commanding 63-41-1 lead. One of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL is the rivalry between the Patriots and the Jets, due to both their proximity and the hatred of the two cities they represent, New York City and Boston. The two teams have faced off 103 times in the regular season with the two teams splitting the series 51-51-1; however, the Patriots hold a 2-1 lead in the playoffs.