Patriots 2012 Milestones

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So how did the Patriots do in 2012? Well, they set a few records, extended some others, and genuinely improved their status in NFL history. Get inside to find out who and what contributed to the improvement.

New England Patriots (2012) Milestones

·  Won the AFC East title for the 14th time and became the second team in NFL history to win at least 10 games in 10 consecutive seasons (San Francisco, 1983-1998, 16 consecutive seasons).

·  The Patriots (2009-2012) became the third team in league annals to win 13 consecutive December games (San Diego, 18 from 2006-2009; Dallas, 13 from 1968-1972).

·  Totaled 557 points, the third-most of any team in a single season in league annals.

·  The Patriots scored 52 points in Week 4 and 59 in Week 11. New England has scored at least 50 points in five games started by QB Tom Brady, the second-most 50-point games by a starting quarterback in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer LEN DAWSON, six).

·  Recorded at least 350 total net yards in an NFL-record 17 consecutive games (11/6/2011-10/28/2012), surpassing the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams (16).

·  Bill Belichick (204) now has the seventh-most wins (including postseason) among all NFL head coaches, surpassing Dan Reeves (201) and Chuck Knox (193). Belichick reached 200 wins in his 307th game, the fourth-fastest of any coach in league history.

·  Brady has recorded at least one touchdown pass in a franchise-record 48 consecutive regular-season games, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (47) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history.

·   WR Wes Welker posted an AFC-best 118 receptions for 1,354 receiving yards, becoming the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons and first Patriot with 1,300+ receiving yards in back-to-back campaigns.  Welker is now the Patriots all-time career leader in receptions (672) and ranks second in receiving yards (7,459).

(via NFL Media)

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