The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region.
The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division.
The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period (126, in 2003–2012), an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history (a 21-game streak from October 2003 to October 2004), and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history (won nine straight division titles from 2009 to 2017).
The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached (eight) and won (five) by a head coach–quarterback tandem.
Immediately thereafter, artist Phil Bissell of The Boston Globe developed the "Pat Patriot" logo.
The Patriots struggled for most of their years in the AFL, and they never had a regular home stadium.
Currently, the team is tied with the 49ers and Cowboys for the second most Super Bowl wins with five, after the Steelers, who have six.
The Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 15 AFC East titles in 17 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period.The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season.The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.Orthwein intended to move the team to his native St.Louis, Missouri (where it would have been renamed as the St.Louis Stallions), but instead sold the team in 1994 to its current owner Robert Kraft.Though Orthwein's period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team, first with the hiring of former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1993.Under Belichick, the team won three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, and 2004).The Patriots finished the 2007 regular season with a perfect 16–0 record, becoming only the fourth team in league history to go undefeated in the regular season, and the only one since the league expanded its regular season schedule to 16 games.An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues.The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971.