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1996 New England Patriots

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 4.9, Defense: 0.2, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 418 points (26.1/g), 2nd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 313 points (19.6/g), 14th.
 Differential of 105 points (6.6/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.6-5.4.

Coach: Bill Parcells (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Perkins
 Defensive Coordinator: Al Groh
 Other Notable Asst.: Romeo Crennel (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Foxboro Stadium
 Training Camp: Bryant College (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

Team Info

Director of Player Personnel Bobby Grier
Chairman/CEO Robert Kraft
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Bill Parcells
Offensive Scheme Erhardt-Perkins
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 418 5369 1085 4.9 27 12 30 339 374 628 3901 27 15 5.9 206 427 1468 15 3.4 103
Team Defense 313 5305 1063 5.0 34 11 25 305 322 596 3803 17 23 6.0 178 434 1502 14 3.5 102
Lg Rank Offense 2 7 10 11 1 2 3 4 8 14 22 26 7 25
Lg Rank Defense 14 19 10 20 17 29 28 6 4 19 11 6 20 3

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ Miami Dolphins 10 24 16 229 200 29 4 19 322 176 146 1
2 Sun September 8 boxscore L 0-2 @ Buffalo Bills 10 17 23 293 179 114 2 15 231 154 77 3
3 Sun September 15 boxscore W 1-2 Arizona Cardinals 31 0 26 384 221 163 9 170 124 46 4
4 Sun September 22 boxscore W OT 2-2 Jacksonville Jaguars 28 25 26 353 230 123 2 12 442 413 29 2
5 Bye Week
6 Sun October 6 boxscore W 3-2 @ Baltimore Ravens 46 38 26 364 310 54 28 463 330 133 1
7 Sun October 13 boxscore L 3-3 Washington Redskins 22 27 23 382 205 177 1 22 384 276 108
8 Sun October 20 boxscore W 4-3 @ Indianapolis Colts 27 9 15 222 142 80 2 27 364 319 45 4
9 Sun October 27 boxscore W 5-3 Buffalo Bills 28 25 23 417 358 59 1 18 337 196 141 1
10 Sun November 3 boxscore W 6-3 Miami Dolphins 42 23 28 468 409 59 4 22 430 315 115 3
11 Sun November 10 boxscore W 7-3 @ New York Jets 31 27 21 343 275 68 3 28 422 280 142 1
12 Sun November 17 boxscore L 7-4 Denver Broncos 8 34 12 218 201 17 1 26 422 224 198 1
13 Sun November 24 boxscore W 8-4 Indianapolis Colts 27 13 25 429 234 195 15 291 247 44 2
14 Sun December 1 boxscore W 9-4 @ San Diego Chargers 45 7 15 313 229 84 15 236 204 32 6
15 Sun December 8 boxscore W 10-4 New York Jets 34 10 27 367 248 119 1 16 244 202 42 2
16 Sun December 15 boxscore L 10-5 @ Dallas Cowboys 6 12 16 279 178 101 4 16 251 144 107 2
17 Sat December 21 boxscore W 11-5 @ New York Giants 23 22 17 308 282 26 2 17 296 199 97 1
Playoffs
Division Sun January 5 boxscore W 12-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 28 3 17 346 152 194 2 12 213 90 123 2
ConfChamp Sun January 12 boxscore W 13-5 Jacksonville Jaguars 20 6 13 234 161 73 2 18 289 188 101 4
SuperBowl Sun January 26 boxscore L 13-6 N Green Bay Packers 21 35 16 257 214 43 4 16 323 208 115

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Drew Bledsoe* 24 QB 16 16 11-5-0 373 623 59.9 4086 27 4.3 15 2.4 84 6.6 6.3 11.0 255.4 83.7 30 190 5.97 5.76 4.6 3 4
19 Tom Tupa 30 P 16 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
35 Marrio Grier 25 16 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
22 Dave Meggett* 30 KR/PR 16 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
16 Scott Zolak 29 3 0 1 1 100.0 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 5 5.0 5.0 5.0 1.7 87.5 0 0 5.00 5.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 16 11-5-0 374 628 59.6 4091 27 4.3 15 2.4 84 6.5 6.3 10.9 255.7 83.2 30 190 5.93 5.72 4.6 3 4
Opp Total 16 322 596 54.0 4055 17 2.9 23 3.9 6.8 5.64 12.6 253.4 68.9 33 252 6.0 4.9 5.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
28 Curtis Martin* 23 RB 16 15 316 1152 14 57 3.6 72.0 19.8 46 333 7.2 3 41 2.9 20.8 1485 17 4
22 Dave Meggett* 30 KR/PR 16 1 40 122 0 12 3.1 7.6 2.5 33 292 8.8 0 26 2.1 18.3 414 0 7
35 Marrio Grier 25 16 0 27 105 1 26 3.9 6.6 1.7 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.5 113 1 0
11 Drew Bledsoe* 24 QB 16 16 24 27 0 8 1.1 1.7 1.5 27 0 9
33 Sam Gash 27 FB 14 9 8 15 0 3 1.9 1.1 0.6 33 276 8.4 2 28 2.4 19.7 291 2 0
88 Terry Glenn 22 WR 15 15 5 42 0 26 8.4 2.8 0.3 90 1132 12.6 6 37 6.0 75.5 1174 6 1
16 Scott Zolak 29 3 0 4 -3 0 0 -0.8 -1.0 1.3 -3 0 0
41 Keith Byars 33 te 10 6 2 2 0 3 1.0 0.2 0.2 27 249 9.2 2 27 2.7 24.9 251 2 0
84 Shawn Jefferson 27 WR 15 15 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 50 771 15.4 4 42 3.3 51.4 777 4 2
87 Ben Coates* 27 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 62 682 11.0 9 84 3.9 42.6 682 9 1
80 Troy Brown 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 222 10.6 0 38 1.3 13.9 222 0 0
81 Hason Graham 25 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 64 12.8 0 23 0.6 7.1 64 0 0
83 Will Moore 26 wr 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 37 12.3 0 16 1.5 18.5 37 0 0
86 Mike Bartrum 26 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 1 1 0.1 0.1 1 1 0
85 John Burke 25 te 11 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.1 1.7 19 0 0
83 Dietrich Jells 24 wr 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.7 5 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 427 1468 15 57 3.4 91.8 26.7 374 4091 10.9 27 84 23.4 255.7 5559 42 25
Opp Total 16 434 1502 14 3.5 93.9 27.1 322 3803 11.8 17 20.1 237.7 5305 31 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Dave Meggett* 30 KR/PR 16 1 52 588 1 60 11.3 34 781 0 54 23.0 1783
80 Troy Brown 25 16 0 29 634 0 51 21.9 856
67 Mike Gisler 27 14 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
Team Total 26.3 16 52 588 1 60 11.3 64 1424 0 54 22.3 7571
Opp Total 16 34 334 0 9.8 81 1683 0 20.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
4 Adam Vinatieri 24 K 16 0 1 1 10 9 8 8 14 8 2 1 35 27 77.1% 42 39 92.9% 1 27 27 0 27.0
19 Tom Tupa 30 P 16 0 63 2739 62 0 43.5
Team Total 26.3 16 1 1 10 9 8 8 14 8 2 1 35 27 77.1% 42 39 92.9% 64 2766 62 0 43.2
Opp Total 16 29 23 79.3% 28 28 100.0% 82 3485 42.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
52 Ted Johnson 24 MLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 87 28
96 Mike Jones 27 LDE 16 12 2.0 0 0 1 31 0 82 15
32 Willie Clay 26 FS 16 15 4 50 0 35 0 1 0 1 17 0 73 19
36 Lawyer Milloy 23 SS 16 10 1.0 2 14 0 14 0 2 0 1 0 0 54 30
55 Willie McGinest* 25 RDE 16 16 9.5 1 46 1 46 0 2 0 2 0 1 49 18
53 Chris Slade 25 llb 16 9 7.0 1 2 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 50 19
24 Ty Law 22 LCB 13 12 3 45 1 38 0 56 6
59 Todd Collins 26 LLB 16 9 1 7 0 7 0 46 19
97 Mark Wheeler 26 LDT 16 15 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 36 26
23 Terry Ray 27 ss 16 7 1.0 1 43 0 43 0 23 21
31 Jimmy Hitchcock 26 rcb 13 5 2 14 0 14 0 27 5
45 Otis Smith 31 rcb 11 6 1.0 2 20 0 11 0 26 5
21 Ricky Reynolds 31 RCB 11 9 2 7 0 7 0 25 7
93 Monty Brown 26 llb 11 7 20 14
75 Pio Sagapolutele 27 RDT 15 10 3.0 20 8
27 Michael McGruder 32 14 0 0.5 18 3
92 Ferric Collons 27 lde 15 5 0.5 2 0 0 0 0 15 4
95 Dwayne Sabb 27 RLB 16 7 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 11 6
72 Devin Wyman 23 dt 9 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 11 4
54 Tedy Bruschi 23 16 0 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
25 Larry Whigham 24 db 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 9 6
30 Corwin Brown 26 14 0 0 0 1 42 1 10 2
26 Jerome Henderson 27 7 0 2 7 0 7 0 6 0
22 Dave Meggett* 30 KR/PR 16 1 0 7 4 0 0
11 Drew Bledsoe* 24 QB 16 16 0 9 1 -2 0
90 Chad Eaton 24 4 0 1.0 3 1
74 Chris Sullivan 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
28 Curtis Martin* 23 RB 16 15 0 4 1 0 0
58 Marty Moore 25 16 0 2 0
68 Max Lane 25 RT 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
84 Shawn Jefferson 27 WR 15 15 0 2 0 0 0
43 Vernon Lewis 26 7 0 1 0
64 Dave Wohlabaugh 24 C 16 16 0 0 2 1 0
87 Ben Coates* 27 TE 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
88 Terry Glenn 22 WR 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
35 Marrio Grier 25 16 0 0 0 1 4 0
Team Total 26.3 16 33.0 23 255 2 46 0 13 25 22 93 2 773 267
Opp Total 16 30 23 12 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
4 Adam Vinatieri 24 K 16 0 39 27 120
28 Curtis Martin* 23 RB 16 15 14 3 17 1 104
87 Ben Coates* 27 TE 16 15 9 9 1 56
88 Terry Glenn 22 WR 15 15 6 6 36
84 Shawn Jefferson 27 WR 15 15 4 4 24
41 Keith Byars 33 te 10 6 2 2 1 14
33 Sam Gash 27 FB 14 9 2 2 1 14
55 Willie McGinest* 25 RDE 16 16 1 1 2 12
86 Mike Bartrum 26 16 0 1 1 6
30 Corwin Brown 26 14 0 1 1 6
35 Marrio Grier 25 16 0 1 1 6
24 Ty Law 22 LCB 13 12 1 1 6
22 Dave Meggett* 30 KR/PR 16 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 15 27 1 2 2 1 48 4 39 27 410
Opp Total 16 14 17 2 1 5 28 23 1 313