The Pats are a member of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).In 1971, the team owners changed the club’s name from the original Boston Patriots to the New England Patriots after they relocated the team to Foxboro.The Patriots were an original member of the American Football League (AFL) and joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues.

Sep 8, 2017 - The Patriots dropped their season opener in a stunning loss to Kansas City. Patriots will host the Texans at Gillette Stadium in week 3 on 9/24.

Sep 1, 2017 - The pre-season is over as the Patriots await opening night on 9/7 when they raise another banner to the sky.

Jan 2, 2018 - The Patriots wrapped up the regular season with a win over the Jets.

The 13-3 Patriots secured home field for the playoffs and will play a Divisional Playoff game on January 13 at Gillette Stadium.

The team also appeared in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 with the same result, a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Between 20, the Patriots joined the Dallas Cowboys as the only two organizations to win three Super Bowls in four years (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX).

Dec 18, 2017 - The Patriots locked up the AFC East with an incredible win in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Dec 4, 2017 - The Patriots are running away with the AFC East at 10-2 on the year.

At 11-3 the Patriots still want to lock up home field for the Playoffs. Dec 14, 2017 - The Patriots dropped to 10-3 with a loss at Miami on Sunday. After games in Miami and Pittsburgh the Patriots will host the Bills on Christmas Eve, 12/24. Nov 20, 2017 - Another convincing win for the Patriots as they moved to 8-2 on the season with a 33-8 win over the Raiders in Mexico on Sunday.

They play at the Jets next week before hosting the Falcons at Gillette Stadium on 10/22.