New England Patriots Game Notes
|2011 Statistical Leaders
Championships: The Patriots have played in six previous Super Bowls (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007) and have three wins (2001, 2003, 2004)
Playoff History: Third straight playoff appearance, 8th in last 9 seasons
- 19th playoff appearance (23-15 in playoffs)
- 3-3 in Super Bowl (7 appearances are 3rd most behind Steelers (8) and Cowboys (8))
- 10-12 in playoff games away from home (road and neutral sites)
- No. 1 seed for fourth time under current seeding system (2003, 2007, 2010)
Bill Belichick: With a win against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Belichick can tie Hall of Famer Chuck Knoll for the most Super Bowl wins by head coach in NFL history with four.
- Belichick with 17 playoff wins is tied with Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs for third-most all-time, trailing only Hall of Famers Tom Landry (20) and Don Shula (19)
Tom Brady: Brady’s 16 postseason wins are tied with Hall of Famer Joe Montana for most playoffs wins by QB in NFL history.
- Brady has 1,001 passing yards in four Super Bowls, which is the fourth-most all-time behind Kurt Warner (1,156), Montana (1,142) and John Elway (1,128). Brady's seven career Super Bowl TD passes is also the fourth most all-time.
- Brady has 5,009 career playoff passing yards and needs 381 passing yards to pass Peyton Manning (5,389) for third-most in NFL history.
- Brady has 36 career playoff touchdown passes and needs four more to join Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44) as the only QBs to reach 40 postseason TD passes all-time.
- Brady (472) needs 10 completions to surpass Favre (481) for the most career postseason completions all-time.
- Brady has the best playoff record as a starting QB at 16-5 (.762) in NFL history (min. 15 starts).
- Brady was named the MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII.
- Brady will tie Elway for the most Super Bowl appearances by QB in NFL history with five.
- In four career games against the Giants, including Super Bowl XLII, Brady has completed 97 of 160 passes (60.6 pct.) for 1,076 yards with five touchdowns against two interceptions and an 85.8 passer rating.
- In 2011 Brady had 5,235 passing yards which is the second most all-time behind only Drew Brees (5,476)
Dynamic Duo: The coach and quarterback duo of Belichick and Brady are making their fifth Super Bowl appearance together, which is the most all-time.
- Belichick and Brady have the most postseason wins by QB-head coach duo in NFL history with 16.
Wes Welker: Has 46 receptions in six career playoff games. Welker had 11 receptions for 103 yards in his only other Super Bowl appearance (Super Bowl XLII vs. NYG).
- This season, Welker joined Chris Carter as the only two players to have 120+ receptions twice in career ( Welker had 123 in 2009; and 122 this year).
- Welker also joined Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as the only players to have four 100-catch seasons.
Deion Branch: Was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX.
- He hHas 21 career Super Bowl receptions, third-most all-time, trailing on Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (33) and Andre Reed (27).
- Branch has the most career playoff receiving yards in Patriots history with 791
Rob Gronkowski: Has 15 receptions for 232 yards with 3 touchdown catches in this year's playoffs.
- He had eight catches for 101 receiving yards with one touchdown in his only career meeting with the Giants in Week 9.
- Gronkowski set single-season records for Tight Ends in receiving yards (1,327) and touchdown receptions (17) in 2011.
- He Became the first TE in NFL history to lead the NFL in TD catches.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Registered his first career playoff rushing touchdown in the AFC Conference Championship aganst the Ravens.
- He reached 10+ rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons this year (13 in 2010; 11 in 2011)
Defence: Brandon Spikes posted his first st career postseason interception last week.
- LB Rob Ninkovich had acareer-best 6.5 sacks this season
- Vince Wilfork has 2.5 sacks in the last playoff games
- Kyle Arrington tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions this season