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10 years between Patriots’ home losses in December

Tom Brady last tasted defeat at home in December in this Dec. 22, 2002, loss to the Jets.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Tom Brady last tasted defeat at home in December in this Dec. 22, 2002, loss to the Jets.

The Patriots’ loss to the 49ers in Week 15 of 2012 brought an end to a 20-game winning streak at home in December that dated to Dec. 22, 2002, a 30-17 defeat to the Jets. That first loss doomed their playoff hopes as they sought to defend their Super Bowl XXXVI title. The next loss occurred almost a full decade later.

In between, the Patriots were unbeatable at Gillette Stadium in December -- and very difficult to beat there in any other month. The Patriots went 68-11 at home overall in the regular season between that loss to the Jets and the loss to the 49ers.

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Much changed in the NFL and elsewhere between the losses at home in the month of December. Tom Brady, for example, had not even completed his first full season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback when the streak started. Take a look back at what has changed in that decade:

December 22, 2002CategoryNow
PATRIOTS
18Tom Brady career wins134
1Super Bowl titles3
299Franchise wins424
10Playoff wins23
11Playoff berths20
6Division titles15
3Losses in Gillette Stadium14
OTHER SPORTS
84Years since Red Sox World Series title5
Grady LittleRed Sox managerJohn Farrell
58Career home runs for David Ortiz401
Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, John Burkett, Frank CastilloRed Sox primary starting rotationJon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, John Lackey
Alex Rodriguez, 57Reigning MLB HR championMiguel Cabrera, 44
Lance ArmstrongSI Sportsman of the YearLeBron James 
ABCMonday Night Football networkESPN
ESPNSunday Night Football networkNBC
Jim O'BrienCeltics coachDoc Rivers
Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker, Eric Williams, Tony Delk, J.R. BremerCeltics' five leading scorers (season)Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green
Robbie FtorekBruins coachClaude Julien
Byron DafoeBruins' primary goaltenderTuukka Rask
NEWS AND CULTURE
Jane SwiftGovernor of MassachusettsDeval Patrick
$1.39Average price of gallon of gas$3.54
Bill Frist replaces Trent Lott as Senate majority leaderWashington headlineNegotiations to end fiscal cliff stagnating
Still 4.5 years from initial releaseiPhone statusiPhone 5 in stores
Peter JenningsABC News lead anchorDiane Sawyer
Tom BrokawNBC News lead anchorBrian Williams
Dan RatherCBS News lead anchorScott Pelley
A Beautiful MindOscar winner, best picture The Artist
FriendsEmmy winner, best comedyModern Family
The West WingEmmy winner, best dramaHomeland

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