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    Patriots find success in 2d half of season

    Since Bill Belichick became head coach of the Patriots in 2000, his teams have won 72.6 percent of their games. That percentage even better during the second half of the regular season, when the Patriots have gone 84-21 under Belichick. They’ve been even better the last three-plus seasons in the second half, going 24-1. Year by year in the second half, under Belichick:

    2000: 3-5, missed playoffs

    2001: 7-1, Super Bowl championship

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    2002: 5-3, missed playoffs

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    2003: 8-0, Super Bowl championship

    2004: 7-1, Super Bowl championship

    2005: 6-2, lost in AFC divisional round to Denver

    2006: 6-2, lost in AFC championship game to Indianapolis

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    2007: 8-0, Super Bowl appearance

    2008: 6-2, missed playoffs

    2009: 4-4, lost in AFC wild card round to Baltimore

    2010: 8-0, lost in AFC divisional round to Jets

    2011: 8-0, Super Bowl appearance

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    2012: 7-1, lost in AFC championship game to Baltimore

    2013: 1-0