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Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots’ eight straight division titles

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have won 14 division titles together.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have won 14 division titles together.(Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

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The Patriots have won an NFL-record eight straight division titles. Here are some fast facts about where this feat — and the others that come along with it — ranks in NFL annals:

■ Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have won 14 division titles in their 16 years together in New England. They have twice as many division titles as the next coach-quarterback duo. Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll won seven.)

■ The Patriots are bound for the playoffs for the eighth straight year, the longest active streak and tied for the second-longest streak in league history. Dallas, from 1975-83, and Indianapolis, from 2002-10, each went nine straight times.

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■ New England has had a first-round bye 11 times since 2001, the most in the NFL and more than double than the next team. Denver has had five.

■ The Patriots are tied with the 2003-09 Colts for most consecutive 12-win seasons (seven).

■ New England is tied for second-most 12-win seasons (11) since the 1970 merger. San Francisco has 13.

■ Belichick is one win away from reaching 200 regular-season victories as the Patriots’ head coach.

■ Brady has the second-best winning percentage in December for a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. He is 53-10 for a .841 winning percentage. Roger Staubach was 17-3 in December for a .850 winning percentage.


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