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Patriots 2012 Regular Season By The Numbers

On the surface, it is easy for any fan to see just how good or bad of a season their team has had. Whether it be wins and losses or total points put up, some stats tell the story, god or bad, of the year of their favorite team.

What most fans fail to sometimes realize, however, is all the stats that go into making an NFL team successful. Here are a bunch you would never even think to remotely consider about the 2012 season of the New England Patriots.

You name it. If it can be statistically tracked in the NFL, it’s probably in this post.

0 – The number of wins the team had when their leading rusher was under 40 yards for the game (0-2).

0 – The Patriots had no two-point conversions on the year. Just kind of odd.

0.5 – Brandon Bolden averaged half a yard more per carry than Stevan Ridley did.

1 – The number of franchises to score 500 points four different times. New England accomplished that this year after 500-point seasons in 2007, 2010 and 2011 as well.

1 – The New England offense ranked first in the NFL in total yards, yards per game, points and points per game in 2012.

1 – Of the four members of the team who finished the year as the starting secondary, only one (Devin McCourty) was on the team last year. Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib, Steve Gregory were the other three.

1 – Vince Wilfork‘s four forced fumbles were tied for first in the NFL.

1 – The number of full games that tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were both on the field for the whole contest – the season finale against the Dolphins.

1 – The number of NFL quarterbacks to throw at least one touchdown pass in all 16 regular season games for three straight seasons – Tom Brady in 2010-12.

2 – The number of teams to ever win 10-plus games in 10 consecutive seasons – the Patriots became the second to accomplish that this year.

2 – Their two-game losing streak in Weeks 2 and 3 was tied for their longest losing streak since they lost four straight in the 2002 season.

2 – This season was the second time they have gone undefeated against the AFC East, joining the 2007 team.

2 – The number of teams to ever record 400 first downs in a season – the 2012 Pats and the 2011 Saints.

2 – The number of points that Stephen Gostkowski needed to tie the all-time single-season Patriots scoring record set by Gino Cappelletti in 1964.

3 – Pass plays in the NFL this season longer than Shane Vereen‘s 83-yard reception in Week 12.

3 – It had been three years since the Patriots lost four or more games in a season (10-6 in 2009).

3 – The Pats have scored 500-plus points in three consecutive seasons.

The Patriots' offense has been unstoppable in the three years since drafting this duo.

The Patriots’ offense has been nearly unstoppable in the three years since drafting this duo.

4 – New England had four different players lead the team in receiving in their 16 games – Brandon Lloyd (3), Wes Welker (9), Gronkowski (3) and Vereen (1).

4 – It was Brady’s fourth career season of throwing 30 or more touchdown passes, good for a tie for the fourth-most all-time.

4 – Welker finished four receptions behind league-leader Calvin Johnson, who had 122 on the year.

4 – The Patriots have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.

4 – The team had four different players lead them in rushing in their 16 games – Ridley (13), Bolden (1), Julian Edelman (1) and Danny Woodhead (1).

5 – There have only been five Patriots running backs to rush for 1,200 yards in the team’s history. Ridley became the fifth this year.

5 – Wilfork was elected to the fifth Pro Bowl of his career and will start on the defensive line for the AFC.

5 – The team has held its opponents to 20 points or less in five of six games since Nov. 18 (5-1).

6 – In 16 games, the Patriots only lost six fumbles.

6 – The Pats finished six spots higher in total defense this year compared to last season when they finished 31st in the league.

6 – New England has been a top-10 offense in the NFL for six straight seasons.

7 – The amount of consecutive games that Brady needs to throw a touchdown pass in to break the all-time record of 54.

7 – New England’s longest winning streak of the year from Week 7 through Week 14.

7 – The number of points that Brady’s total QBR trailed Peyton Manning‘s for tops in the league.

7 – McCourty was one of seven NFL players to return a kickoff more than 100 yards on the year.

7 – The team sent seven members to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

New England's seven Pro Bowlers in 2012 are the third-most in the league.

New England’s seven Pro Bowlers in 2012 are the third-most in the league.

7 – Last year’s NFL leader in interceptions, Kyle Arrington, had seven fewer interceptions in 2012 than a year ago. He had seven in 2011.

8 – The number of years it had been since the team had a 1,200-yard rusher before this year. Corey Dillon rushed for 1,635 yards in 2004.

8 – Rob Ninkovich led the team with eight sacks on the year.

8 – The Pats had eight return TD’s on the season.

9 – The number of games in which the starting offensive line of Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly and Logan Mankins were all on the field together.

9 – Brady now ranks ninth on the NFL’s all-time passing list with 44,806 yards. He needs 1,427 yards to pass Vinny Testaverde.

9 – Ridley finished the season as one of just nine non-kickers in the top-40 in the league in scoring.

9 – The team has a nine-game division win streak heading into next season.

10 – The number of consecutive 10-win seasons for the Patriots – the second longest such streak ever (16).

10 – The team scored 30-plus points 10 times in their 16 games in 2012 (8-2).

10 – The number of players who had a rushing attempt for the Pats in 2012 led by Ridley’s 290 carries.

10 – New England had 10 more sacks than it allowed in 2012.

11 – They also had 11 more interceptions than their opponents did.

11 – The combined number of points New England fell by in its four losses against the Cardinals (2), Ravens (1), Seahawks (1) and 49ers (7).

11 – The number of current and former Pro Bowl running backs that Ridley out-rushed in 2012.

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Gino Cappelletti Retires, To Be Replaced By Scott Zolak In Patriots Broadcast Booth

“The Duke” was in the booth for 28 years.

Patriots legend and long time radio color analyst, Gino Cappelletti will retire from the booth ESPN reports. Cappelletti is a cornerstone of the New England Patriots franchise playing for them for 11 years and on the radio for 28 years.

“Through five decades, my romance with football and my relationship with the Patriots organization have provided me with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
I have had the privilege of sharing the broadcast of six Super Bowls, and amazingly, five in the past decade,” the statement continued. “The memory of the first Super Bowl victory will always be fresh in my mind. For me, it serves as a special reminder of how far this franchise has come, the challenges that were met, and the adversity we faced in those early years. But as they say in the huddle after a long, successful day’s work, it’s time to take a knee and celebrate the win.’’

Gino will be replaced by former Patriots quarterback, sideline reporter and 98.5 The Sports Hub host Scott Zolak.

“Zo” will bring his off the wall humor to compliment Gil Santos’ play by play prowess. However, Gino is a CLASS ACT and will be MISSED greatly.

Everyone at BST&N wishes him the best!


The First Champions: The 1963 Boston Patriots

The 1963 Boston Patriots.

The Boston Patriots were in the fourth year of their existence as the 1963 American Football League season began and the time was ripe for a young organization to make inroads into the Boston sports culture. While the Celtics were winning championships, the Red Sox and Bruins were both at the opposite end of the spectrum. The Sox were in the midst of a funk that wouldn’t end until the 1967 Impossible Dream, while the B’s were in the midst of long stretch without a playoff berth. If the Patriots wanted to get some attention, the time was now

Babe Parilli, who enjoyed a long career as an AFL quarterback for different teams was behind center, and the Pats got out of the gate with a big win over the Jets at Fenway. From there they embarked on a four-game road swing that took them out west. They were competitive in a loss at San Diego, who had established themselves as one of the league’s better franchises. They snuck out a win against an above-average Oakland team, before losing at Denver and in a return game against the Jets. Still, to be 2-3 with more than half of their road schedule behind them was a reasonable start.

The 2-3 start was even more manageable given how top-heavy the AFL was to the West at this time. The league was split into two divisions of four, but you played everybody twice. The West teams mostly beat up on the East, and it’s a pretty reasonable conclusion to say that San Diego and Oakland were the league’s two best. Somebody out of the Patriots, Jets, Bills and the geographically displaced Houston Oilers was going to get a shot at the championship, and with six of their last nine games in Fenway, the Pats had a shot.

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A Special Night with Patriots’ Legend Gino Cappelletti

It was a special night with a special person.

When Jon Goode told me about his latest event with Patriots Legend, Gino Cappelletti, it was a no brainer.

I told my former co-worker and huge Pats fan, Mark about it and he was in. I was also lucky enough to meet John Blanco at the event as well.He maintains “Patriots Place” on Facebook which is your one stop source for everything New England Patriots.

I only have to pay $20 to meet one of the forefathers of the New England Patriots? Where do I sign up?

The best part is that all the proceeds go to Jon Goode’s C2 Mission, which is a charitable foundation to benefit children and families affected by Cerebral Palsy. This was a great event at the Lowell Beer Works for a great cause.

There was a silent auction with some great memorabilia which included a signed Wes Welker framed picture and an autographed Rajon Rondo portrait. It was a sports fans dream(even though I got outbid on the Welker piece)!

I have attended Jon Goode’s event with Steve Grogan a few years ago and it was great, but participating in a Q&A with a living legend is on a whole different level. Gino Cappelletti is one of the most knowledgeable football minds around. As you know, he is part of the Patriots broadcast tandem with Gil Santos.

It was great to have Gino to sign an 8X10 and a Patriots football for me, but to ask the AFL’s first true superstar a question, was a true thrill. One of the first pieces I ever wrote for Boston Sports Then and Now, was about Mr. Cappelletti. I learned so much about his incredible list of accomplishments for the American Football League. I was thrilled when he thanked me for writing it after I have him a copy.

Thank me? The honor was all mine!

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Cup of Joe: The AFL’s First True Superstar: “Duke” Cappelletti

Cup of JoeGil Santos, the voice of the New England Patriots, said that Gino Cappelletti should be in the Hall of Fame and I couldn’t agree more. As I was doing my research on the Patriots of the 1960’s , I came across incredible stats and watched amazing video of the AFL’s first true superstar, Gino “The Duke” Cappelletti.

It is truly a crime that he is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His resume says it all. He played 11 years with the Boston Patriots from 1960-1970 after he served in the US Army and played a few years in Canada. He was the place kicker AND wide receiver for the fledgling franchise in Boston.  Gino also dabbled on defense and is only one of two players in AFL history to post 3 INT’s in a game.

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Gino Cappelletti

Gino Cappelletti

Gino Cappelletti

In recognition of the start of training camp for the 50th season in New England Patriots history, our Boston Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Week is one of the stars from the first decade of the franchise.

In many ways, Gino Cappelletti epitomized the early years of the American Football League. While the NFL was becoming more specialized and tougher to break into, the AFL provided former college stars with a new place to play and its “wild west” mentality allowed players to contribute in a wide variety of ways.
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