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Patriots clinch 19th consecutive winning season to extend absurd run of success

Patriots clinch 19th consecutive winning season to extend absurd run of success

The New England Patriots clinched their 19th consecutive winning season with Sunday's 17-10 Week 11 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, so let's put this incredible run into perspective.

There are just 11 teams right now in the NFL with consecutive winning seasons, and some of those franchises are in danger of seeing that streak end in 2019. 

ESPN's Field Yates put together the full list on Twitter, and when you see the Patriots down at the bottom, it's easy to appreciate the unprecedented run of success they've enjoyed over the last two decades.

The Patriots haven't lost eight or more games since 2000, back when Tom Brady was nothing more than a sixth-round pick hoping to keep his place on the roster. Fast forward nearly 20 years and Brady has led the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles, and with New England sitting atop the AFC with a 9-1 record, title No. 7 is a very realistic possibility in February.

The Pats' 19 consecutive winning seasons is the longest such streak since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. It trails only the Dallas Cowboys, who had 20 straight winning seasons from 1966 through 1985, for the all-time record.

New England has not won fewer than 10 games since 2002, and it won 12 or more games eight seasons in a row from 2010 through 2017.

There's a lot to admire about the Patriots' dynasty, and the team's ability to come back each season, fight off complacency and consistently finish above .500 certainly ranks among the most impressive facets.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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