PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO EIGHTH SUPER BOWL OVERALL;
SEVENTH OF THE KRAFT ERA
New England has advanced to its eighth Super Bowl in franchise history, a total that is tied with Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl berths. The Patriots’ appearance in Super Bowl XLIX will be its seventh Super Bowl appearance since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, a total that is the most in the league over that span (Pittsburgh, 4). Kraft is the first owner in NFL history to have his team in seven Super Bowls.
ALL-TIME SUPER BOWL BERTHS
8 New England
6 San Francisco
5 Green Bay Packers
5 New York Giants
5 Washington Redskins
5 Oakland Raiders
5 Miami Dolphins
PATRIOTS SET NFL RECORD WITH SIXTH SUPER BOWL TRIP IN 15-SEASONS
The Patriots have advanced to the Super Bowl for the sixth time since 2001, setting a league record for most Super Bowl berths in any 15-season span. The Patriots are the only team to achieve the feat in the salary cap era (since 1993). Four teams have been to five Super Bowls in a 15-season span. All of those teams achieved the feat prior to the imposition of the salary cap and the modern NFL free agency system in 1993. The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances in a 15-season span are listed below.
KRAFT’S SEVEN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE MOST OF ANY NFL OWNER IN SUPER BOWL ERA
The 2014 AFC Championship is the seventh conference championship for Robert Kraft as Patriots owner, more than any other owner in NFL history in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966).
ROBERT KRAFT EARNS HIS 23rd POSTSEASON WIN
Robert Kraft has 23 career postseason wins and out of a tie with Eddie DeBartolo., Jr for sole possession of fourth place for most wins by an ownership group in NFL history.
PATRIOTS IMPROVE TO 8-3 IN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
The Patriots are 8-3 in AFC Championship Games, including a 4-1 record at home and a 3-1 record at Gillette Stadium.
MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
San Francisco 15
New England 11
St. Louis Rams 9
PATRIOTS ALL-TIME IN PLAYOFF GAMES
The Patriots have compiled a 27-18 record in their 45 playoff games and their .600 playoff winning percentage is tied for third in NFL history among teams that have played at least 15 playoff games.
PATRIOTS HAVE SECOND-BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE AT HOME
The Patriots have a 17-4 (.810) all-time record in home playoff games. The Patriots’ .810 winning percentage at home in the postseason ranks second among teams with at least 10 home playoff games.