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Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

 


Mark picks his favorite Patriots.

 

 

Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the New England Patriots? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

Scroll down for team updates, player profiles, and stats you won't find in the book. Click on the videos to the left to hear me talk about Team Spirit OVERTIME as well as my favorite players. And take a look below at some of the Patriots collectibles I have in my home—pretty cool, right?

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20132016 Season Roundup: The Patriots were sensational from start to finish in 2016. They had the league’s best defense and only threw two interceptions all season. The Pats won 14 games and finished atop the AFC East for the eighth year in a row. They defeated the Texans and Steelers in the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl. After falling behind the Falcons 28–3, the Pats staged a historic comeback and won the game 34–28 in overtime. It was the 208th win of Tome Brady’s career—the most ever by a starting quarterback.

2016 Season Preview: The Patriots should be able to survive their first four games without Tom Brady. When he returns from his league suspension, look out—he has lots of weapons on offense. The running game is good and could get better; the New England receivers, led by Rob Gronkowski, are the best in the AFC. The defense isn’t great, but it’s good enough to get the Pats back to the Super Bowl.

2013December 27, 2015: Tom Brady threw his 36th touchdown pass, which led the NFL for the fourth time in his career.

September 9, 2015: Ton Brady beat the Steelers for the 161st win of his career. He broke Brett Favre’s record for most wins by a quarterback for one team.

2015 Season Preview: New England fans can look forward to a stronger defensive line, but may have to worry about a weaker pass defense. There’s nothing to worry about on offense, where Tom Brady leads the team into battle against an easier-than-usual schedule of opponents.

2013February 2, 2015: Rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass at the goal line to preserve a 28–24 victory for the Patriots. It was Tom Brady's fourth championship and third Super Bowl MVP award. The Seattle Seahawks appeared to have the game won until this last-minute turnover.

September 14, 2014: With New England's victory over the Vikings, Bill Belichick became the sixth coach in NFL history with 200 wins.

September 2, 2014: New England came very close to winning an AFC championship last season, and in 2014 they are even better. The Pats will be tough to pass against thanks to a deep and talented defense led by newcomer Darrelle Revis. If receiver Rob Gronkowski returns to form after surgery, Tom Brady should have all the weapons he needs to make a run at the Super Bowl.

2013December 29, 2013: Kicker Stephen Gotkowski broke a 49-year-old team record with 158 points for the season. The old record was held by Gino Cappelletti. Cappelletti was a kicker and pass receiver.

September 4, 2013: Tom Brady begins the 2013 season without his usual strong group of receivers. He and coach Bill Belichick will find a clever way to solve this problem. In the meantime, the team's defense is young and athletic, so Brady won't have to put 30 points on the scoreboard every week.

2013February 2, 2013: The New England offense was magnificent in 2012, leading the club to 12 victories. Tom Brady passed for 4,827 yards and 34 touchdowns, Wes Welker made 118 catches, and Stevan Ridley rushed for over 1,200 yards in his second NFL season. In the AFC title game, the Pats built a 13–7 halftime lead against the Ravens, but could not score in the second half.

December 30, 2012: The Patriots made 28 first downs in a game against the Miami Dolphins. That gave them 444 for the season—the most in NFL history.

Summer, 2012: Tom Brady leads a high-powered offense into battle hoping to return to the Super Bowl. If the defense can hold its own in close games, the Patriots should make it back to the playoffs. From there—as New England knows all too well—anything can happen.

     
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Babe Parilli was the backup quarterback for the New York Jets when I was a kid. I had not idea what a big star he'd been with the Patriots. (Author's Collection)

 

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Mike Haynes was as good a defensive back as there was in the NFL during the late 1970s and early 1980s. (Topps, Inc.)

 

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When the Patriots won the AFC title in 1985, Andre Tippett was a huge reason why. (Author's Collection)

 

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This is my new favorite signed photo. Gronk rules! (Author's Collection)

 

Babe Parilli — Quarterback
Born: 5/7/1930            
Played for Team: 1961 to 1967
Babe Parilli was already an experienced NFL player when he joined the team in 1961. He led the Patriots to four winning seasons in a row. In 1964, he threw for 3,465 yards and 31 touchdowns—more than anyone else in football that season.


Sam Cunningham — Running Back
Born: 8/15/1950
Played for Team: 1973 to 1982
Sam "Bam" Cunningham never turned down an opportunity to run over an opponent. He was bigger than many of the defenders who tried to tackle him. In 1974, Cunningham had the NFL's longest run when he went 75 yards for a touchdown.


Mike Haynes — Defensive Back
Born: 7/1/1953            
Played for Team: 1976 to 1982
No one guarded pass receivers closer than Mike Haynes. He was big, fast, and very physical. Haynes loved the challenge of covering his man one-on-one, and was one of the best ever at it.


Stanley Morgan — Receiver
Born: 2/17/1955
Played for Team: 1977 to 1989
Stanley Morgan had blazing speed. The Patriots loved to throw long passes his way. Morgan averaged more than 20 yards per catch in his first six seasons with New England. He retired with the team records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.


Ben Coates — Tight End
Born: 8/16/1969
Played for Team: 1991 to 1999
In his first few seasons with the Patriots, Ben Coates was used mostly as a blocker. Once Coates became a target in the passing game, he developed into a star. Coates was an All-Pro twice. His best season came in 1994 when he caught 96 passes for 1,174 yards.


Andre Tippett — Linebacker
Born: 12/27/1959
Played for Team: 1982 to 1993
Andre Tippett was an awesome combination of speed and power. He was the first defender that opposing quarterbacks looked for when they played the Patriots. From 1984 to 1988, Tippett had 72.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl six times.


Willie McGinest — Defensive Lineman
Born: 12/11/1971            
Played for Team: 1994–2005
When Willie McGinest rushed the quarterback, it almost always took two blockers to stop him. He exploded off the line and often ran completely around the man blocking him. McGinest made the New England defense one of the NFL's most feared.


Tedy Bruschi — Linebacker
Born: 6/9/1973
Played for Team: 1996 to 2008
The Patriots built a championship defense led by Tedy Bruschi, a great tackler who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Fans were shocked when he suffered a stroke after the 2004 season, then amazed when he returned to the lineup in 2005.


Rob Gronkowski — Tight End
Born: 4/14/1989
First Year with Team: 2010
Rob Gronkowski continued the Patriots' tradition of great tight ends. "Gronk" played with passion and power. In 2011, he set an NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches and was named All-Pro.

     
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Craig James went from a dying league to the Super Bowl in two years. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. (Topps, Inc.)

 

THE FOURTH MAN
Most NFL teams carry three quarterbacks—a starter, a backup, and a young player whose job is to sit, watch, and learn. In 2000, the Patriots made the unusual decision to carry four passers. It was a good thing they did. The fourth quarterback was a little-known rookie named Tom Brady.


THE LONG GAME
During the 1970s and 1980s, no one in the NFL was better at racing down the field for long catches than Stanley Morgan. In 1979, 1980, and 1981, he led all players in yards per catch. Morgan averaged 20 or more yards per catch in each of his first six seasons.


JOINT DECISION
In 1984, Craig James suffered the luckiest knee injury in history. James signed with the Washington Federals of the United States Football League after graduating from college. The Federals were not very good and James regretted having picked the USFL over the NFL. When James hurt his knee, Washington released him. They could not afford to pay a player who was unable to play. James recovered after a few months and joined the Patriots at their training camp. One season later he was playing in the Super Bowl.

     
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This Drew Bledsoe card was meant to look like a 1930s or 1940s style card. I'm not sure they got the final result they were hoping for. (Fleer Corp.)

 

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Steve Grogan was a dentist in the off-season. So he was drilling passes in the fall and drilling teeth in the spring. (Author's Collection)

 

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Gino Cappelletti was practically the whole Patriots team for a few seasons in the early 1960s. (Fleer Corp.)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1966 — Jim Nance — 1,458 (AFL)
1967 — Jim Nance — 1,216 (AFL)


RECEIVING YARDS
No Patriot has led the league in receiving yards.


PASSING YARDS
1964 — Babe Parilli — 3,465 (AFL)
1994 — Drew Bledsoe — 4,555
2005 — Tom Brady — 4,110
2007 — Tom Brady — 5,806


RUSHING TDs
1966 — Jim Nance — 11 (AFL)
2016 — LeGarrette Blount — 18


RECEIVING TDs
1979 — Stanley Morgan — 12
2007 — Randy Moss — 23
2009 — Randy Moss — 13
2011 — Rob Gronkowski — 17


PASSING TDs
1964 — Babe Parilli — 31 (AFL)
1979 — Steve Grogan — 28
2002 — Tom Brady — 28
2007 — Tom Brady — 50
2010 — Tom Brady — 36
2015 — Tom Brady — 36


POINTS
1961 — Gino Cappelletti — 147 (AFL)
1963 — Gino Cappelletti — 113 (AFL)
1964 — Gino Cappelletti — 155 (AFL)
1965 — Gino Cappelletti — 132 (AFL)
1966 — Gino Cappelletti — 119 (AFL)
1979 — John Smith — 115
1980 — John Smith — 129
1986 — Tony Franklin — 140
2004 — Adam Vinatieri — 141
2008 — Stephen Gostkowski — 148
2012 — Stephen Gostkowski — 153
2013— Stephen Gostkowski — 158
2014 — Stephen Gostkowski — 156
2015 — Stephen Gostkowski — 151


INTERCEPTIONS
1998 — Ty Law — 9
2006 — Asanta Samuel — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
2011 — Kyle Arrington — 7 (tied for NFL lead)


SACKS
No Patriot has led the league in sacks.

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1963* AFL Championship San Diego Chargers Lost 51–10
1985 AFC Championship Miami Dolphins Won 31–14
1985 Super Bowl XX Chicago Bears Lost 46–10
1996 AFC Championship Jacksonville Jaguars Won 20–6
1996 Super Bowl XXXI Green Bay Packers Lost 35–21
2001 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 24–17
2001 Super Bowl XXXVI St. Louis Rams Won 20–17
2003 AFC Championship Indianapolis Colts Won 24–14
2003 Super Bowl XXXVIII Carolina Panthers Won 32–29
2004 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 41–27
2004 Super Bowl XXXIX Philadelphia Eagles Won 24–21
2006 AFC Championship Indianapolis Colts Lost 38–34
2007 AFC Championship San Diego Chargers Won 21–12
2007 Super Bowl XLII New York Giants Lost 17–14
2011 AFC Championship Baltimore Ravens Won 23–20
2011 Super Bowl XLVI New York Giants Lost 21–17
2012 AFC Championship Baltimore Ravens Lost 28–13
2013 AFC Championship Denver Broncos Lost 26–16
2014 AFC Championship Indianapolis Colts Won 45–7
2014 Super Bowl XLXI Seattle Seahawks Won 28–24
2015 AFC Championship Denver Broncos Lost 20–18
2016 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 36–17
2016 Super Bowl LI Atlanta Falcons Won 34–28


* Played as the Boston Patriots

 
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