How Much do you Really Know About the New England Patriots Football Team?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
How Much do you Really Know About the New England Patriots Football Team?
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About This Quiz

For some sports fans, the Patriots are a gag-inducing team that reeks of smug superiority. But that superiority is well-earned -- New England is the NFL club to beat. How much do you know about the fabulous football dynasty?
Julian Edelman is a talented Patriots player. He's not only played wide receiver, but also _____.
Kicker
Defensive end
Cornerback
Edelman is a true athlete who can play on both sides of the ball. He's better as a receiver, but in 2011 he also spent time at cornerback.

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Bill Belichick is immensely important to the Patriots. What's his role?
Head Coach
Belichick is, by any realistic measure, one of the best head coaches in NFL history. His poker-faced demeanor and intelligence drive the competition crazy.
Dark Knight
Evil Emperor

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The team wasn't always called the New England Patriots. What was the club's original name?
Concord Cheaters
Boston Patriots
When the team first hit the field in 1960, it was called the Boston Patriots. It changed its name to the more regional-sounding New England Patriots in time for the 1971 season.
New Hampshire Traitors

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Quarterback Tom Brady played for which college team?
Central Florida
Nebraska
Michigan
Brady had a rather unspectacular college career at Michigan. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft and then worked his way to one of the most impressive resumes ever compiled in pro sports.

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What was "Spygate"?
A scandal involving Bill Belichick and, well, chicks
A videotaping controversy
In 2007, the Patriots used cameras to record defensive signals used by Jets coaches. They created the recording from the wrong location, though ... and the event turned into a fiasco that resulted in a $500,000 fine against the Patriots' head coach.
The revelation that Tom Brady is a CIA informant

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How many times have the Patriots appeared in the Super Bowl?
3 times
9 times
The Patriots have appeared in nine Super Bowls. That's the most of any team in the entire NFL.
Every single Super Bowl ever played

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The Patriots play at Gillette Stadium, which has which sort of field?
Yellow grass
Artificial turf
Gillette Stadium features FieldTurf, a type of artificial turf. Some studies show that more player injuries occur on artificial turf than on natural grass.
Concrete and broken glass

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True or false, do the Patriots have the most Super Bowl wins of any team in the league?
true
false
False, the Patriots are tied with the Cowboys and 49ers, each with five Super Bowl wins. The Steelers have six titles, more than any other team.

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Rob Gronkowski is one of the most popular players for the Patriots. Which position does he play?
Defensive end
Tight end
In recent years, Gronkowski has been one of the best tight ends in the league. In his first six seasons, he scored 68 touchdowns, a seemingly-astronomical number of TDs for his position.
Towel boy

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Ty Law was a fabulously productive cornerback who played most of his career with the Patriots. How many career interceptions did he have?
53
Law played in the NFL for a whopping 15 years, and he was the "law" in the secondary. During that time, he logged 53 interceptions. He won three Super Bowls while playing for New England.
666
7095

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What is Rob Gronkowski's nickname?
"Grunt"
"Gronk"
It won't win points for originality, but "Gronk" is a suitable nickname for a large, powerful tight end who steamrolls safeties with ease.
"Gipper"

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At the beginning of his career, Tom Brady was stuck at fourth-string on the depth chart. How did he become the starter?
He bought steaks for the entire team after every game
A key injury
Drew Bledsoe was the clear starter for the Patriots, but he nearly died after a horrific injury in 2001. Brady stepped up his game and made the best of the situation, proving that he belonged on the field as a starter.
He bribed the head coach

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In which stadium do the Patriots play?
Gillette Stadium
The Patriots used to play in Foxboro Stadium, but in 2002 they moved to Gillette Stadium, about 20 miles from downtown Boston. It seats about 67,000 (fanatical) Patriots fans.
Billville Stadium
Tom Brady Memorial Stadium

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The Patriots used to have an angry-looking guy on the side of their helmets. What was his name?
Piglet
Pooky
Pat
Until 1992, the Patriots had "Pat the Patriot" on their helmets. It was a dude in a Revolutionary War getup snapping a football between his legs.

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The Patriots have a notorious rivalry with which team?
Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
The Patriots play in the East division, same as the New York Jets. The two are intense rivals, but in recent years the Jets haven't won many games against the powerful Pats.
Kansas City Chiefs

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In 2007, the Patriots completed an impressive feat. What was that feat?
They cheated every game and never got caught
They went undefeated in the regular season
In 2007, the Patriots won every regular season game and then cruised through the playoffs. Then, they clashed with an East Coast rival in a Super Bowl for the ages.
They never washed their uniforms

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During a terrible few seasons in the early '90s, a man named James Orthwein bought the team and planned to do what with it?
He wanted to move the team
Orthwein pounced on the struggling Pats and planned to move them to St. Louis. But New England businessman Robert Kraft (who owned Foxboro Stadium) had the power (and the cash) to buy the team and prevent it from vacating the area.
He wanted to sell the team to China
He wanted to turn the team into a bowling league

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What's special about John Hannah, one of the most famous players in Patriots history?
He grew up on the same city block as Tom Brady
He married Bill Belichick's daughter
He was the first Pats player to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame
Hannah was the first Patriots player inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Hannah, "Hog," was a standout left guard who was inducted in 1992.

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Which man has NOT been the head coach of the Patriots?
Andy Reid
All three men have been head coaches for multiple NFL teams. But Andy Reid has never been at the helm of the Patriots.
Bill Parcells
Pete Carroll

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True or false, have the Patriots sold out every single game since moving to Gillette Stadium?
true
The Patriots' unparalleled success has helped the team sell out every game in the posh environs of Gillette Stadium. But the sellout streak predates Gillette, going all the way back to 1994 -- more than 230 games and counting.
false

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Since joining the Patriots as head coach in 2000, how many times has Bill Belichick led the team to the Super Bowl?
3 times
7 times
Belichick has found unprecedented success with the Patriots. Since 2000, he's coached the team to seven Super Bowls, earning the envy of pros and fans throughout the NFL world.
23 times

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In what year did the Patriots join the NFL?
1910
1970
The Patriots joined the NFL in 1970. That was the year that the American Football League merged with the NFL.
2001

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Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. Why?
Shower room antics
Watergate scandal
Deflategate scandal
Brady was implicated during Deflategate, a supposed scandal in which the Patriots purposely underinflated balls during the 2014-15 AFC Championship game. The idea was to gain a bit of an advantage over the Colts. When he returned to the field from the suspension, Brady unleashed a fury of statistics the likes of which the NFL has never before seen.

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Adam Vinateri is a kicker who played a number of Super Bowl seasons with the Patriots. What is his nickname?
"Mister Clean"
"Mrs. Grabby"
"Mr. Clutch"
Vinateri (now of the Colts) is sometimes called "Mr. Clutch." He's made game-winning kicks in numerous close big games.

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True or false, was kicker Adam Vinateri a first-round draft pick?
true
false
Kickers are rarely picked high in the draft, but Vinateri? He wasn't selected at all. He signed as a free agent and went on to become the most legendary kicker in team history.

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Since 2001, how many times have the Patriots NOT won the AFC East division?
2 times
Since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick got into a groove, the Patriots have been mostly unstoppable in the East division, which they've won 14 times since 2001. Yawn.
8 times
12 times

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True or false, has Tom Brady won more playoff games than any other quarterback?
true
Brady is a machine in the playoffs, and he's won more postseason games than any QB in NFL history. Following the 2016 season, his playoff record was 25-9.
false

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The Patriots have a cheer squad known as the End Zone Militia. What does the Militia do after New England scores a touchdown?
They fire blanks from guns
Each time the Patriots score a touchdown, the End Zone Militia steps forward, raises their muskets and fires blanks. Then, they sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence and mock King George, and we probably made that part up.
They execute a spectator who is supporting the other team
They set a box of tea on fire

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At the end of the 2007 season, the Patriots were undefeated and headed to the Super Bowl. Which team did they face in the big game?
Dallas Cowboys
Washington Redskins
New York Giants
Tom Brady and company seemed destined to complete the most impressive undefeated streak in NFL history against the Giants. But as the clock wound down, Giants receiver David Tyree made a catch for the ages, helping New York end the Patriots' dreams of glory.

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Gino Cappelletti is a famous Patriots player. Which position did he NOT play?
Kicker
Wide Receiver
Guard
Cappelletti is one of the most celebrated figures in Patriots history, and he played both wide receiver and kicker. He scored more points than any other Patriots player until Adam Vinateri came along.

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