By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On February 7. 2017 at 9:17 pm EST
On Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in an historic comeback in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It was the fifth Super Bowl championship for the team under Robert Kraft’s leadership and the guidance of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
We’ll take a closer look at their combined records with and without Brady. The Patriots only lost once as they went 12-1 following Brady’s return after the DeFlateGate saga. New England only lost to the Seattle Seahawks on November 13 on Sunday Night Football.
The Patriots faced five teams twice, including three involving their AFC East opponents, the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. They also faced the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans twice. We did not count the second match-ups.
After Brady returned to the lineup following the four-game suspension, the Patriots faced teams with a combined 67-91-2 record. The stats including their 16-game regular season records. The Steelers had the best regular season record that they faced with an 11-5 record.
Following Brady’s return, they only faced three teams, who finished with better than 10 or more wins. The Steelers were one team, while the Seahawks were the other, as they went 10-5-1. Then, in the Super Bowl, they faced the Falcons, who went 11-5.
They faced five teams, who had fewer than seven wins. Two of the teams – the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers – have the top two draft picks in the 2017 NFL Draft as they went a combined 3-29.
When Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett filled in for Brady while he was out and away from the team, they went 3-1. The teams they faced had a 33-23 record, including the Dolphins, who ended the 2016 season with a 10-6 record.
Two of the teams finished with seven wins – the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills. The Houston Texans had a 9-7 record.
Garoppolo and Brissett combined for 902 passing yards and four touchdowns during the first four games of the season.
The Patriots went 5-1 against their AFC East rivals this season. New England has proven that they are the best team in their Division since the 2001 season when Brady took over as quarterback with Belichick as the head coach.