2017 New England Patriots season

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2017 New England Patriots season
Head coachBill Belichick
OwnerRobert Kraft
Home fieldGillette Stadium
Results
Record13–3
Division place1st AFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Titans) 35–14
Won AFC Championship (Jaguars) 24–20
Lost Super Bowl LII (vs. Eagles) 33–41
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

The 2017 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 58th overall and the 18th under head coach Bill Belichick. The New England Patriots entered the season as the defending champions of Super Bowl LI.[1] They failed to match their 14–2 record from last season with their Week 14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.[2] Despite that, in Week 15, the Patriots secured their 9th consecutive AFC East title, their 15th of the last 17 seasons, with their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3] With their win over the Buffalo Bills in week 16, the Patriots obtained their 8th consecutive 12-or-more win season stretching all the way from 2010, an NFL record.[4] Their Week 17 victory over the New York Jets clinched their top seed in the AFC for the second straight year, thus giving the Patriots home-field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs for the second year in a row.[5]

The Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round 35–14, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game 24–20, claiming their second consecutive AFC title.[6] This was their seventh consecutive AFC Championship appearance, adding onto their record from the previous year.[7] The win also made Tom Brady the oldest quarterback (40 years, 163 days) to win a playoff game, surpassing Brett Favre for the record.[8] It was also the second time they advanced to the Super Bowl two consecutive seasons since 2004. They faced the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. This also made the Patriots the only team in NFL history to appear in ten Super Bowls, and gave the Patriots a chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions for the second time in franchise history, and for the first time since 2004. In addition, they had the chance to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the record of most Super Bowl wins by a team in NFL history with 6. However, due to a late strip-sack of Brady by Brandon Graham and a failed Hail Mary pass, the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII by 41–33, ending the Patriots chance at a sixth Super Bowl title and resulting in their first Super Bowl loss since 2011. The loss prevented the Patriots from repeating their three-in-four Super Bowl run that they managed from 2001–2004. Also with the loss, the Patriots tied the NFL record for most Super Bowl losses with five, and made them the fifth defending Super Bowl champion to lose the next year's game, after the 1978 Dallas Cowboys, the 1983 Washington Redskins, the 1997 Green Bay Packers and the 2014 Seattle Seahawks.[9]

Coaching changes[edit]

Departures[edit]

February 20: Long time Patriots coach, Brian Daboll, was named as the offensive coordinator for the University of Alabama football team after serving as the Patriots tight ends coach for three years.[10]

Promotions[edit]

February 27: After serving as a Patriots coaching assistant for 2 years, Nick Caley was named as the Patriots tight ends coach, replacing former Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll for the job.[11]

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Unrestricted[edit]

Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Contract
TE Martellus Bennett Green Bay Packers March 10, 2017[12] three years, $21 million[13]
RB LeGarrette Blount Philadelphia Eagles May 17, 2017[14] one year, $2.8 million[14]
RB Brandon Bolden New England Patriots April 5, 2017[15] one year, $775,000[16]
DT Alan Branch New England Patriots March 9, 2017[17] two years, $12 million[13]
FB James Develin New England Patriots March 6, 2017[18] two years, $2.85 million[13]
WR Michael Floyd Minnesota Vikings May 10, 2017[19] one year, $1.5 million [19]
FS Duron Harmon New England Patriots March 9, 2017[20] four years, $17 million[13]
MLB Dont'a Hightower New England Patriots March 15, 2017[21] four years, $43.5 million[13]
DE Chris Long Philadelphia Eagles March 28, 2017[22] two years, $4.8 million[23][24]
OLB Barkevious Mingo Indianapolis Colts March 9, 2017[25] one year, $2.5 million[13]
CB Logan Ryan Tennessee Titans March 10, 2017[26] three years, $30 million[13]
TE Greg Scruggs
DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard Indianapolis Colts March 10, 2017[27] three years, $25.5 million[13][28]

Restricted[edit]

Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Contract
CB Malcolm Butler New England Patriots April 18, 2017[29] assigned tender (first-round) on March 7, 2017 ($3.91 million)[30][13]
OT Cameron Fleming New England Patriots April 10, 2017[31] assigned tender (original-round) on March 7, 2017 ($1.797 million)[32][13]
TE Michael Williams New England Patriots March 9, 2017[33] one year, $540,000[13]

Exclusive-Rights[edit]

Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Contract
CB Justin Coleman New England Patriots March 16, 2017[34] assigned tender on March 7,[35] one year, $615,000[36]
SS Brandon King New England Patriots April 11, 2017[37] assigned tender on March 8,[13] one year, $615,000[38]
TE Matt Lengel New England Patriots April 18, 2017[39] assigned tender on March 7,[35] one year, $540,000[40]

Signings[edit]

Position Player Previous team Date signed Contract
TE Rob Housler Chicago Bears January 19, 2017[41] future contract [41]
CB Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills March 10, 2017[42][43] five years, $65 million[44]
DT Lawrence Guy Baltimore Ravens March 11, 2017[45] four years, $13.4 million[46]
RB Rex Burkhead Cincinnati Bengals March 14, 2017[47] one year, $3.15 million[48]
RB Mike Gillislee Buffalo Bills April 24, 2017[49] two years, $6.4 million[49]
WR Devin Street Indianapolis Colts May 2, 2017[50] claimed off waivers[50]
C James Ferentz Denver Broncos May 18, 2017[51] one year, $615,000[52]
WR DeAndrew White New England Patriots May 21, 2017[53] one year, $540,000[54]
WR Andrew Hawkins Cleveland Browns May 24, 2017[55] one year, $980,000[56]
LB David Harris New York Jets June 21, 2017[57] two years, $5 million[57]
DE Caleb Kidder Minnesota Vikings July 26, 2017[58] one year, $465,000[59]
WR Tony Washington Jacksonville Jaguars July 27, 2017[60] one year, $540,000[61]
WR K. J. Maye Tennessee Titans July 30, 2017[62] one year, $465,000[63]
DE Michael Bart Arizona Cardinals August 28, 2017[64] one year, $465,000[65]
DE Nick Usher Seattle Seahawks August 28, 2017[64] one year, $465,000[66]
RB Brandon Bolden New England Patriots Re-signed September 4, 2017[67] one year, $775,000[66]
QB Brian Hoyer San Francisco 49ers November 1, 2017[68] three years, $4,441,470[69]
DE Ricky Jean Francois Green Bay Packers November 7, 2017[70] one year, $990,000[71]
TE Martellus Bennett Green Bay Packers November 9, 2017[72] two years, $14 million[73]
DE Eric Lee Buffalo Bills November 21, 2017[74] two years, $1,020,000[75]
LB Nicholas Grigsby Baltimore Ravens November 28, 2017[76] two years, $1,170,000[77]
OG Jason King Baltimore Ravens November 28, 2017[76] one year, $465,000[78]
LB Jonathan Freeny Jacksonville Jaguars Re-signed December 6, 2017[79] one year, $775,000[80]
WR Kenny Britt Cleveland Browns December 12, 2017[81] two years, $2.4 million[82]
DE Ricky Jean Francois New England Patriots Re-signed December 13, 2017[83] one year, $900,000[84]
OLB James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers December 26, 2017[85] one year, $1,000,000[86]
WR Bernard Reedy New England Patriots Re-signed January 17, 2017[87] one year, $225,000[88]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2016 season.

Departures[edit]

Position Player Notes
OT Sebastian Vollmer Released March 3, 2017[89]
RB Tyler Gaffney Waived March 20, 2017[90]
OG Tre' Jackson Waived April 18, 2017[91]
TE Michael Williams Released May 12, 2017[92]
TE Rob Housler Released May 17, 2017[93]
OG Chris Barker Released May 18, 2017[51]
WR Devin Street Released May 24, 2017[94]
DE Corey Vereen Waived June 5, 2017[95]
WR DeAndrew White Released June 22, 2017[96]
OG Chase Farris Released July 20, 2017[97]
WR Andrew Hawkins Retired July 25, 2017[98]
OLB/DE Rob Ninkovich Retired July 30, 2017[99]
SS Dwayne Thomas Released August 11, 2017[100]
DE Kony Ealy Released August 26, 2017[101]
DE Caleb Kidder Released August 27, 2017[102]
TE Matt Lengel Released August 27, 2017[102]
OLB Christian Kuntz Released August 29, 2017[103]
FB Glenn Gronkowski Released September 1, 2017[104]
TE Sam Cotton Released September 1, 2017[105]
OT Max Rich Released September 1, 2017[105]
OG Jason King Released September 1, 2017[105]
DE Michael Bart Released September 1, 2017[105]
DT Josh Augusta Released September 1, 2017[105]
FS Jason Thompson Released September 1, 2017[105]
OLB Jonathan Freeny Released September 1, 2017[105]
WR Tony Washington Released September 2, 2017[105]
WR K.J. Maye Released September 2, 2017[105]
OLB Trevor Bates Released September 2, 2017[105]
RB D.J. Foster Released September 2, 2017[105]
RB LeShun Daniels Released September 2, 2017[105]
CB D.J. Killings Released September 2, 2017[105]
OT Andrew Jelks Released September 2, 2017[105]
CB Kenny Moore Released September 2, 2017[105]
OG Jamil Douglas Released September 2, 2017[105]
SS Damarius Travis Released September 2, 2017[105]
WR Cody Hollister Released September 2, 2017[105]
FS David Jones Released September 2, 2017[105]
DE Nick Usher Released September 2, 2017[105]
WR Austin Carr Released September 2, 2017[105]
TE James O'Shaughnessy Released September 2, 2017[105]
DE Geneo Grissom Released September 2, 2017[105]
HB Brandon Bolden Released September 2, 2017[105]
OG Ted Karras Released September 2, 2017[105]
C James Ferentz Released September 2, 2017[105]
MLB Brooks Ellis Released September 2, 2017[105]
DT Woodrow Hamilton Released September 2, 2017[105]
DT Darius Kilgo Released September 2, 2017[105]
CB William Likely Released September 2, 2017[105]
WR Devin Lucien Released September 2, 2017[105]
OT Conor McDermott Released September 2, 2017[105]
DE Geneo Grissom Waived November 9, 2017[72]
DE Cassius Marsh Released November 21, 2017[106]
DE Ricky Jean-Francois Released December 2, 2017[107]
OG Jason King Released December 2, 2017[108]
WR Bernard Reedy Released December 13, 2017[109]
OLB Jonathan Freeny Released December 13, 2017[110]
OLB Trevor Reilly Waived December 26, 2017[111]

Trades[edit]

Draft[edit]

2017 New England Patriots draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 83 Derek Rivers  OLB Youngstown St
3 85 Antonio Garcia  OT Troy
4 131 Deatrich Wise Jr.  DE Arkansas
6 211 Conor McDermott  OT UCLA
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The fourth-round selection that the Patriots obtained from the trade with the New Orleans Saints would have been No. 118 overall; however, it was forfeited as part of the punishment for the Deflategate scandal.[123][124]
  • The Patriots were awarded an additional fifth-round compensatory selection — No. 183 overall.[125]
  • The Patriots gave up a fifth-round selection – No. 163 overall – to the Buffalo Bills when they signed restricted free agent Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet.[126]
  • As a result of their trades, the Patriots did not use any of their assigned selections, and drafted just four players—the lowest number in franchise history.[127]
2017 New England Patriots Draft Trades
Draft pick year Round Overall Team Received
2017 1 32 to New Orleans Saints Received wide receiver Brandin Cooks and the Saints' fourth-round selection (No. 118 overall).[115]
3 103
2017 2 64 to Carolina Panthers Received Carolina's third-round selection (No. 72 overall) and defensive end Kony Ealy[128]
2017 3 72 to Tennessee Titans Received Tennessee's third-round selection (No. 83 overall) and Tennessee's fourth-round selection (No. 124 overall)[129]
6 200
2016 5 147 to Seattle Seahawks Received Seattle's 2017 fourth-round selection (No. 131 overall) and Seattle's 2016 seventh-round selection (No. 225 overall)[130]
7 243
2017 4 137 to Indianapolis Colts Received Indianapolis's sixth-round selection (No. 200) and tight end Dwayne Allen.[113]
Linebacker Jamie Collins to Cleveland Browns Received Cleveland's third-round compensatory selection (No. 103 overall)[131]
2017 5 175 Received linebacker Barkevious Mingo[132]
Tight end A.J. Derby to Denver Broncos Received Denver's fifth-round selection (No. 163 overall)[133]
2017 5 183 to Kansas City Chiefs Received tight end James O'Shaughnessy and Kansas City's sixth-round compensatory selection (No. 216 overall)[116]
2017 3 96 to Detroit Lions Received Detroit's third-round selection (No. 85 overall)[134]
4 124
6 215 Received linebacker Kyle Van Noy and the Lions' seventh-round selection (No. 239 overall)[133]
7 250 Received tight end Michael Williams.[135]
2017 6 216 to Dallas Cowboys Received Dallas's sixth-round selection (No. 211)[136]
7 239

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2017 New England Patriots Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position College Date signed
Josh Augusta DT Missouri May 5, 2017[137]
Adam Butler DT Vanderbilt
Austin Carr WR Northwestern
Cole Croston OT Iowa
LeShun Daniels RB Iowa
Brooks Ellis LB Arkansas
Cody Hollister WR Arkansas
Jacob Hollister TE Wyoming
Andrew Jelks OT Vanderbilt
David Jones FS Richmond
D.J. Killings CB UCF
Jason King OG Purdue
Harvey Langi LB BYU
Kenny Moore CB Valdosta St.
Max Rich OT Harvard
Dwayne Thomas SS LSU
Jason Thompson FS Utah
Damarius Travis SS Minnesota
Corey Vereen DE Tennessee
Sam Cotton TE Nebraska May 18, 2017[51]
William Likely CB Maryland June 5, 2017[95]
Keionta Davis DE Chattanooga August 11, 2017[100]
Christian Kuntz LB Duquesne August 28, 2017[64]
Made regular season roster

Suspensions[edit]

Injuries[edit]

Staff[edit]

2017 New England Patriots staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Rosters[edit]

Opening training camp[edit]

As of the Patriots' first training camp practice at Gillette Stadium on July 27, they had the NFL maximum of 90 players signed.

New England Patriots 2017 opening training camp roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Rookies in italics
90 active, 3 inactive

Week 1[edit]

New England Patriots 2017 Week 1 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active, 11 inactive, 10 practice squad

Final[edit]

2017 New England Patriots final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 15 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 Jacksonville Jaguars L 24–31 0–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 August 19 at Houston Texans L 23–27 0–2 NRG Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Detroit Lions W 30–28 1–2 Ford Field Recap
4 August 31 New York Giants L 38–40 1–3 Gillette Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–42 0–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 September 17 at New Orleans Saints W 36–20 1–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 September 24 Houston Texans W 36–33 2–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
4 October 1 Carolina Panthers L 30–33 2–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
5 October 5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–14 3–2 Raymond James Stadium Recap
6 October 15 at New York Jets W 24–17 4–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
7 October 22 Atlanta Falcons W 23–7 5–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
8 October 29 Los Angeles Chargers W 21–13 6–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 12 at Denver Broncos W 41–16 7–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
11 November 19 at Oakland Raiders W 33–8 8–2 Mexico Estadio Azteca (Mexico City) Recap
12 November 26 Miami Dolphins W 35–17 9–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
13 December 3 at Buffalo Bills W 23–3 10–2 New Era Field Recap
14 December 11 at Miami Dolphins L 20–27 10–3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
15 December 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–24 11–3 Heinz Field Recap
16 December 24 Buffalo Bills W 37–16 12–3 Gillette Stadium Recap
17 December 31 New York Jets W 26–6 13–3 Gillette Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

NFL Kickoff Game

Week One: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 7 72142
Patriots 7 10 10027

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

The Patriots started their season at home on Thursday, September 7 as the defending Super Bowl champion. They would strike first in the first quarter when Mike Gillislee ran for a 2-yard touchdown for a 7–0 lead. The Chiefs however tied it later on in the quarter at 7–7 when Alex Smith found Demetrius Harris on a 7-yard pass. In the second quarter, the Pats moved ahead by double digits as Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard field goal followed up by Gillislee running for another 2-yard touchdown to make the score 10–7 and increased it to 17–7. The Chiefs came within 3 before halftime when Smith found Kareem Hunt on a 3-yard pass for a 17–14 game.

In the third quarter, the Chiefs took the lead as Smith found Tyreek Hill on a 75-yard pass to make it 21–17. Though the Pats moved back into the lead when Gillislee ran for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 24–21. They then closed out the quarter with a 27–21 lead when Gostowski kicked a 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, it was all Chiefs. It all started with Smith finding Hunt again this time on a 78-yard pass to retake the lead 28–27. This was followed by Hunt's 4-yard run for a touchdown to make it 35–27. Finally, they closed the scoring of the game with Charcandrick West's 21-yard run for a touchdown for the final score of 42–27.[148]

This game was the Chiefs' first win in Foxborough since 1990.[149] Additionally, the Patriots defense allowed 537 total yards which is the most yardage ever given up by a Bill Belichick team during a single game as the Patriots began 0-1 for the first time since 2014.[150]

Week 2: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Two: New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 20 10 3336
Saints 3 10 0720

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

The Patriots rebounded from their opening week loss by establishing an early insurmountable lead against the New Orleans Saints in their week 2 matchup for their first visit to Mercedes-Benz Superdome since the Saints' Super Bowl winning 2009 season. Brandin Cooks returned to the Bayou while the controversy for the Saints was around backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram competing for touches. (Alvin Kamara, who would go on to win 2017 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was not yet getting significant playing time in week 2.) Peterson would later be shipped to the Cardinals in an ironic turn of events for Chris Johnson. Tom Brady completed three first-quarter touchdown passes to Rex Burkhead, Rob Gronkowski, and Chris Hogan. The three touchdowns marked a personal record for Brady, who had never in his career had so many scores in the first quarter of any game.[151] Mike Gillislee added a running touchdown in the second quarter, and the Patriots played a conservative second half to seal the 36-20 victory. This would be the only home loss the Saints would have this season. Grownkowski injured his groin in the third quarter, causing him to leave the game.[152]

Week 3: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Three: Houston Texans at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 10 10 7633
Patriots 7 14 7836

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

The week 3 matchup vs. the Texans proved to be a greater challenge for the Patriots than the Saints had been in week 2. The Patriots scored first on a 7-play drive ending with a Tom Brady 5-yard throw to Rob Gronkowski, who was playing with a groin injury that took him out of the previous week's game. The game would progress through seven lead changes, as Texans rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson would go drive-for-drive against Brady. Watson threw two touchdowns, one of which to his tight end Ryan Griffin, who attended college in New England at UConn. Two field goals late in the game would give the Texans their final lead at 33-28. With less than 2:25 remaining in the game, Brady led the Patriots on a frantic 8-play 71-yard drive that culminated in a 25-yard reception by Brandin Cooks to give the Patriots the 36-33 win.[153]

Week 4: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 3 14 61033
Patriots 3 13 01430

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

The Patriots' third game at home this season was their second loss of the season. Tom Brady's attempted comeback in the fourth quarter was not enough to beat Cam Newton and the Panthers as Carolina upset New England 33–30 with a last second 48-yard field goal courtesy of Graham Gano. At the end of Week 4, the Patriots' defense was ranked last in the entire NFL.[154] In this rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII, this was the second consecutive time, after the 2013 season, that the Pats lost a heartbreaker to Cam Newton. As of 2019, this game was the last time the Patriots lost a home game.

With the loss, the Pats fell to 2-2. Brady's record against the Panthers overall also fell to 2-3.

Week 5: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Five: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 3 10 3319
Buccaneers 0 7 0714

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: October 5
  • Game time: 8:25 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 64,476
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS/NFLN/Amazon Video): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

For the first time since 2009, the Patriots wore an all-white ensemble for this game, against the Buccaneers.[155] For the first time this season, the Patriots were held to just a single touchdown on offense. Buccaneers place kicker Nick Folk missed all three field goal attempts in this game, which proved fatal to any chance they had at a comeback. After the conclusion of Week 5, the Patriots claimed a share in a three-way tie for the division lead. Star tight-end Rob Gronkowski did not play in the game, after being listed on the injury report for suffering from a thigh injury suffered at practice the previous day.[156]

Week 6: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Six: New England Patriots at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 14 7324
Jets 7 7 0317

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,562
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Another interesting chapter was added to the Patriots-Jets rivalry at MetLife. With this victory over the Jets, quarterback Tom Brady earned his 187th regular season win. Brady surpassed Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the NFL's sole all-time leader in regular season wins.[157] While missing two key components of their defensive secondary, the Patriots were able to overcome a two touchdown deficit in the first half and were able to hold on to secure the victory on a final drive surge from the Jets. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski made his return to the lineup, and contributed two touchdowns as well as several other key catches in the victory. This game also marked the first time since Week 1 that Brady did not throw for 300 yards.

During this game, in the 4th quarter, a controversial play caused a Jets touchdown to be reversed by official review when it was found that Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins juggled the ball after being hit, resulting in a fumble, and didn't regain control until he was out of bounds which, by rule, is enforced as a turnover and a touchback.

Week 7: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Seven: Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 0 077
Patriots 0 17 3323

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 22
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

For the first time since Week 3 of last season, the Patriots wore their all-blue Color Rush uniforms, for this Super Bowl LI rematch.[155] The Patriots defense, for the first time this season, were able to hold an opposing quarterback under 300 passing yards, with Matt Ryan only logging 233. The defense also made key stops, including blocking a field goal, stopping the Falcons in the red zone resulting in a missed field goal, and stopping Atlanta on a 4th down attempt from the 1-yard line. During the game, an extremely dense fog covered the stadium for most of the contest, resulting in the television broadcast being forced to use their on-field cameras much more than normal. As the Chiefs had lost to Oakland on Thursday Night Football, the Patriots win against the Falcons moved them into a three-way tie for the best record in the AFC with the Chiefs and Steelers.

Week 8: vs. Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Week Eight: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 0 0613
Patriots 0 15 3321

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In their last game before the bye week, the Patriots took on the Los Angeles Chargers at home. The teams traded punts on the opening two possessions. The Chargers scored first on an 87-yard run by Melvin Gordon, matching a 56-year old Chargers record. With the next drive, the Patriots scored on a 2-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski at the start of the second quarter. Later in the second quarter, the Chargers returner Travis Benjamin caught a Ryan Allen punt at his own 8-yard line and ran backwards into his own endzone in an attempt to evade the Patriots coverage team. The resulting safety by Brandon King gave the Patriots their first lead at 9-7, and the Patriots would never trail again, kicking four field goals, and holding off a late-game surge by the Chargers to preserve a 21-13 win.

The game was notable for the performances by Patriots running backs. Heavy rain slowed down the long passing game, so short passes to the running backs dominated the Patriots offensive game plan. Running backs James White and Rex Burkhead led the Patriots in receiving with 85 yards and 68 yards respectively, mostly on yards after catch. Fellow running back Dion Lewis led the Patriots in ground yardage for the fourth straight week, with Mike Gillislee also contributing to key short-yardage situations. The Patriots entered the bye week at 6-2, a position almost nobody expected before or after week four.

A few days after this, the Patriots sent backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round draft pick. Garoppolo led the 49ers to five consecutive wins after replacing C. J. Beathard.

Week 10: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Ten: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 14 13 7741
Broncos 6 3 7016

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,820
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Patriots usually play very well coming off of a bye week[158] and 2017 was no exception. The Patriots opened the game with a 3-and-out, but on the ensuing punt, Denver returner Isaiah McKenzie muffed the return, and it was recovered by the Patriots. Brady capitalized quickly, as two quick completions to Rex Burkhead gave the Pats the lead at 12:43 in the first quarter, a lead they would not relinquish. The Broncos answered with a field goal, and on the ensuing kickoff, Pats special teams came through again with a Dion Lewis kick return for a touchdown. The Broncos added a second field goal in the first quarter, while the Patriots responded with one of their own at the start of the second quarter. The Broncos next drive stalled out short of midfield, and Burkhead found a hole in the line to block the Riley Dixon punt, once again giving the Patriots good field position. The Patriots and Broncos traded field goals, and the Patriots closed out the first half with a Brady-to-Dwayne Allen touchdown, his first reception of the season. The Broncos only sustained touchdown drive came at the start of the second half, ending in a Brock Osweiler-to-Demaryius Thomas seven-yard pass. Two more touchdowns by the Patriots (a run by Lewis and a reception by James White) would seal the deal, with Brady taking a rest at the end of the game to give new acquisition Brian Hoyer some game-time reps.

For his performance, Brady was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, his third this season and the 30th of his career. In addition, running back Dion Lewis also earned honors, receiving the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

NFL International Series

Week Eleven: New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 7 10 13333
Raiders 0 0 088

at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 77,357
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In this rematch of the infamous Tuck Rule Game, quarterback Tom Brady became the first player to pass for 300-yards in three different countries: USA, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.[159]

Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Twelve: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 10 0717
Patriots 14 7 7735

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Thirteen: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 3 6 14023
Bills 0 3 003

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,499
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game after a late hit on Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White.

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Fourteen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 10 01020
Dolphins 6 7 14027

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

The Pats' 14-game road win streak ended in Miami, the same place where they suffered their last regular season road loss on January 3, 2016. Rob Gronkowski missed this game due to suspension.

Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Fifteen: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 7 3 61127
Steelers 7 10 7024

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 17
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,574
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The return of Rob Gronkowski, and a late-game interception resulted in the Patriots defeating the Steelers. The Pats win the AFC East for the 9th straight year. The Patriots trailed 24-16 at the end of the third quarter. They scored on a 46-yard field goal with 4:00 left in the game to pull within 24-19. Then, with 56 seconds remaining, Dion Lewis scored on an 8-yard run and the Patriots added a two-point conversion to go ahead 27-24.

JuJu Smith-Schuster set the Steelers up deep in Patriots territory with a 69-yard reception from Ben Roethlisberger. It looked like Pittsburgh regained the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to tight end Jesse James. However, the play was overturned and the Steelers couldn’t find the end zone. The game ended on a Roethlisberger interception. With this win, the Patriots improved to 11-3 and clinched the AFC East division title for the 9th consecutive season.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown left in the first half with a bruised calf. He was taken to the hospital and didn’t return.

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Sixteen: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 10 3016
Patriots 0 13 101437

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns and the New England Patriots stayed on track to claim home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and also with the Jacksonville Jaguars losing late in the day, the Patriots clinched a first round bye for the 8th consecutive season.

Dion Lewis caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a 4-yard score. He carried 24 times for career-high 129 yards. It was just his second-career 100-yard game. Mike Gillislee (former Bill himself), active for the first time in six games, added a 1-yard rushing touchdown.

Week 17: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Seventeen: New York Jets at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 3 0 036
Patriots 7 14 3226

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 31
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 13 °F (−11 °C), cloudy and cold
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the win, the New England Patriots gained the #1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs for the second year in a row.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 458 296 W3
(6) Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 302 359 W1
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 281 393 L3
New York Jets 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 298 382 L4

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New England Patriots East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .484 .466 W3
2[a] Pittsburgh Steelers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .423 W2
3[b] Jacksonville Jaguars South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .434 .394 L2
4[b] Kansas City Chiefs West 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .477 .481 W4
Wild Cards
5[c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .434 .396 W1
6[c] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .492 .396 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[c] Baltimore Ravens North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .441 .299 L1
8[c] Los Angeles Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 .457 .347 W2
9 Cincinnati Bengals North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .465 .321 W2
10[d] Oakland Raiders West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .512 .396 L4
11[d] Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .543 .531 L3
12[e] Denver Broncos West 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .492 .413 L2
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .520 .438 L4
14[f] Indianapolis Colts South 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .480 .219 W1
15[f] Houston Texans South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .516 .375 L6
16 Cleveland Browns North 0 16 0 .000 0–6 0–12 .520 L16
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of Los Angeles Chargers based on conference record.
    Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland finished ahead of Miami based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Denver finished ahead of the New York Jets based on head-to-head victory.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head sweep.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 13, 2018 Tennessee Titans (5) W 35–14 1–0 Gillette Stadium Recap
AFC Championship January 21, 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars (3) W 24–20 2–0 Gillette Stadium Recap
Super Bowl LII February 4, 2018 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (N1) L 33–41 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

AFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#5) Tennessee Titans[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (#5) Tennessee Titans at (#1) New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 7 0 0714
Patriots 0 21 7735

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

The Patriots set a club playoff record by sacking Marcus Mariota eight times for their second win in three career playoff matches with the Titans franchise. The Patriots held Titans RB Derrick Henry to only 28 yards on 12 carries the week after he went for 156 yds against the Chiefs. This marked the third playoff meeting between the two clubs, the first since 2003, with the Patriots now holding a 2–1 advantage. They split the first two meetings, both in the Divisional round, including the first game against the Titans' predecessor, the Houston Oilers.

AFC Championship: vs. (#3) Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

AFC Championship: (#3) Jacksonville Jaguars at (#1) New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 14 3320
Patriots 3 7 01424

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: January 21, 2018
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), clear and cool
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This marked the fifth playoff meeting between the two clubs with the Patriots now holding a 4-1 advantage. This was their second meeting in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots winning in 1996 as well.

The Pats overall record improved to 15-3.

Super Bowl LII: vs. (N1) Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Super Bowl LII: (N1) Philadelphia Eagles vs. (A1) New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 9 13 71241
Patriots 3 9 14733

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

With this loss, the Patriots were unable to defend their Super Bowl title from last year. The team finished the season with an overall record of 15-4. However, the 33 points scored is the most ever by a team that lost the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is also the first QB ever to throw for over 500 yards and lose the Super Bowl. His personal Super Bowl record dropped to 5-3. His record against the NFC East in Super Bowls also dropped to 1-3.

The Patriots however became the first team to appear in and play in 10 Super Bowls. But, despite the fact that they are still tied with the Cowboys and 49ers for 5 franchise wins, this loss tied them with the Broncos for most Super Bowls lost with 5.

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Tom Brady 4,577
Passing touchdowns Tom Brady 32
Rushing yards Dion Lewis 896
Rushing touchdowns Dion Lewis 6
Receptions Rob Gronkowski 69
Receiving yards Rob Gronkowski 1,084
Receiving touchdowns Rob Gronkowski 8
Points Stephen Gostkowski 156
Kickoff return yards Dion Lewis 570
Punt return yards Danny Amendola 232
Tackles Devin McCourty 97
Sacks Trey Flowers 6.5
Forced fumbles Malcolm Butler 3
Interceptions Duron Harmon 4

Source:[160]

League rankings[edit]

Offense
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Total yards 394.2 YPG 1st
Yards per play 5.9 5th
Rushing yards 118.1 YPG 10th
Yards per rush 4.2 T–11th
Passing yards 276.1 YPG 2nd
Yards per pass 7.9 3rd
Total touchdowns 49 4th
Rushing touchdowns 16 6th
Receiving touchdowns 32 3rd
Scoring 28.6 PPG 2nd
Pass completions 389/587 (.663) T–15th
Third downs 82/202 (.406) 10th
First downs per game 24.3 1st
Possession average 30:37 11th
Fewest sacks allowed 35 15th
Turnover differential +6 11th
Fewest penalties 95 7th
Fewest penalty yardage 835 8th
Defense
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Total yards 366.0 YPG 29th
Yards per play 5.7 31st
Rushing yards 114.8 YPG 20th
Yards per rush 4.7 30th
Passing yards 251.2 YPG 30th
Yards per pass 7.3 25th
Total touchdowns 33 5th
Rushing touchdowns 6 2nd
Receiving touchdowns 24 T–21st
Scoring 18.5 PPG 5th
Pass completions 367/590 (.622) 17th
Third downs 82/208 (.394) 21st
First downs per game 20.3 T–25th
Sacks 42 T–7th
Forced fumbles 9 T–27th
Fumble recoveries 5 T–28th
Interceptions 12 T–18th
Fewest penalties 111 24th
Fewest penalty yardage 1,041 28th
Special teams
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Kickoff returns 22.2 YPR 12th
Punt returns 8.2 YPR 18th
Gross punting 43.4 YPP 30th
Net punting 41.6 YPP 16th
Kickoff coverage 18.9 YPR 3rd
Punt coverage 4.6 YPR 4th

Source for this section: NFL.com.[161]

Awards and honors[edit]

Recipient Award(s)
Tom Brady Week 2: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[162]
Week 3: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[163]
Week 3: FedEx Air Player of the Week[164]
Week 10: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[165]
November: AFC Offensive Player of the Month[166]
2017 Associated Press NFL MVP[167]
Stephen Gostkowski Week 11: AFC Special Teams Player of the week[168]
Rob Gronkowski Week 15: AFC Offensive Player of the week[169]
Dion Lewis Week 10: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week[170]
Week 16: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[171]
Jordan Richards 2017 New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award[172]
Matthew Slater 2017 New England Patriots Ed Block Courage Award[173]

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