Since the Patriots became a “real” football team in 2001, there have been 18 super bowls. The Patriots won five. Lost three. The other 10 Super Bowls were won by other teams and the Patriots weren’t in the game.

The Patriots won 5 Super Bowls — one fewer than the Steelers, by the way — and lost three.

So this rumor that the Patriots never lose was never true. They only played fewer than half of the games — and didn’t win all of them.

The Patriots lost Sunday. Aside from whatever internal stupidity made Bellichick decide to exclude our best defensive player, it was a great game. The Eagles won by playing better and harder than the Patriots.

Super Bowl XXXV (Jan. 29, 2001): Ravens 34, Giants 7
Super Bowl XXXVI (Feb. 3, 2002): Patriots 20, Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVII (Jan. 26, 2003): Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21
Super Bowl XXXVIII (Feb. 1, 2004): Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX (Feb. 6, 2005): Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL (Feb. 5, 2006): Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI (Feb. 4, 2007): Colts 29, Bears 17
Super Bowl XLII (Feb. 3, 2008): Giants 17, Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIII (Feb. 1, 2009): Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV (Feb. 7, 2010): Saints 31, Colts 17
Super Bowl XLV (Feb. 6, 2011): Packers 31, Steelers 25
Super Bowl XLVI (Feb. 5, 2012): Giants 21, Patriots 17
Super Bowl XLVII (Feb. 3, 2013): Ravens 34, 49ers 31
Super Bowl XLVIII (Feb. 2, 2014): Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
Super Bowl XLIX (Feb. 1, 2015): Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
Super Bowl L (Feb. 7, 2016): Broncos 24, Panthers 10
Super Bowl LI (Feb. 5, 2017) Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT) 
Super Bowl LII  (Feb. 4, 2018) Eagles 41, Patriots 33

Garry says those statistics sound wrong, but they are accurate.

The wins and losses are not really the issue. The Patriots have been a wonderful team for its fans. Whether or not they made it to the Super Bowl, they have always been magical to watch, a pleasure for New England fans. It has been a privilege to have had them to root for these past 17 years. I’m sure we’ll be rooting for them next year, too.

Win or lose, they are a fine team. I just thought a little perspective via statistics was in order.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. Was sorry to hear ‘your’ team lost this one, but it seems there are some compensations at least. My home cricket team lead the season games table and got a home ground semi-final game – which we lost – we were going for 3 in a row having won the previous 2 seasons, so i can empathise.

    How long before the beisbol season begins? 🙂

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    1. Pre-season games start in another week and a half and last until the end of March. The true season starts in the second week of April. It’s a long season. Losing isn’t so bad when you’ve won recently. We aren’t desperate for our first ever win … or the first win after 84 years of losing!

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        1. We were also not at our finest. If we won ALL the time, it wouldn’t be fun any more. I keep reminding people that while we are the dominant team for the past 20, we have by no means won all the games. People seem to forget about losing … or not even getting into the competition!

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      1. Yes, the Yanquis are absolutely loaded with young behemoth sluggers. Could be the new version of their vaunted 1927 “Murderer’s Row”.

        It’s gonna be a long, long season for pitchers facing the Yanquis. Load up on the porky meatball chuckers for the bullpen.. But should be fun if you are a real beisbol fan.

        Buy prayer beads along with your hot dawgs and beeeers.


  2. 15 of the last 17 Super Bowls have seen only three quarterbacks leading the AFC team in the game… Brady (8), Peyton Manning (4), and Ben Roethlisberger (3). That is a rather stunning statistic, and one that is often brought up by those who think football has greater parity between teams than baseball…

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    1. Sometimes, we look at the complexity of what those great quarterbacks have to remember while playing and marvel that they can do it. Forget “stupid.” You’ve got to have all your wits about you just to remember the plays, much less perform them well. I know when Brady is finally gone — soon I suspect — it’s going to be a whole new team. Before Brady, we never won. After Brady? Who knows? And I think the Yankees are going to be THE team to beat this year!

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    2. Squirrel, suits and owners preach parity. Players preach long term, non-trade contracts. EVERYONE wants more DINERO.

      Say “Hi!” to Jimmy G.


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