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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.

    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
    18Tom Brady career wins134
    1Super Bowl titles3
    299Franchise wins424
    10Playoff wins23
    11Playoff berths20
    6Division titles15
    3Losses in Gillette Stadium14
    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
    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