The Patriots broke a ton of records and accomplished several other feats Sunday against the Dolphins. Here’s an attempt to sort through them all:
- Patriots clinch playoff spot for 14th time in Robert Kraft’s 19 years of ownership. It marks the 20th playoff birth in the franchise’s 53 years of existence. The Pats have won 12 AFC East crowns under Kraft, and 15 division titles overall.
- With its ninth win, New England now has posted a winning record in 12 consecutive seasons. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are second in the NFL with nine winning seasons during that span.
- Wes Welker reached 1,000 receiving yards (1,064) for the fifth time as a member of the Patriots. His five 1,000-yard seasons is team record. Randy Moss and Stanley Morgan are second with three.
- Welker tied Jerry Rice with his 17th 10-plus catch game for the most such games in NFL history (Welker had 12 receptions Sunday).
- Welker (12 receptions for 103 yards) set the NFL record for most games with 10 or more catches and 100 ore more yards. With his 16th such performance, Welker moved ahead of Rice and Houston’s Andre Johnson (15).
- Running back Stevan Ridley (1,010) passed the 1,000-yard barrier during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. He is the 15th player in team history to reach the mark. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (1,008) last hit it in 2010. Corey Dillion set the franchise mark of 1,635 yards in 2004.
- Tom Brady became the first starting quarterback to win 10 division titles. Joe Montana is second with nine.
- Brady has now passed for a touchdown in 44 straight regular season games. It’s the third longest streak in history, behind Drew Brees (54) and Johnny Unitas (47). Brees’ streak ended this week.