Which Patriots team is your all-time favorite?

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    1974: Plunkett's Patriots started fast

    The 1974 Patriots flew out of the gate and raised the hopes of fans that they were headed for the playoffs. The team was led by 1971 No. 1 draft pick, quarterback Jim Plunkett (left), on offense and talented defensive end Julius Adams (right) and cornerback Ron Bolton on defense. The Chuck Fairbanks-coached team flew out of the gate with a 5-0 start, but injuries crept in and the team struggled in the second half, going 1-6 down to the stretch, to finish at 7-7 and out of the postseason. Plunkett threw for more than 2,400 yards, but had 22 interceptions to go along with his 19 touchdowns.

     
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    1974, part 2

    Running backs "Mini" Mack Herron (left) and Sam "Bam" Cunningham each rushed for more than 800 yards for the season. Overall, the 5-foot five-inch Herron's total of 2,444 all-purpose yards broke the previous NFL record set by Gale Sayers in 1966. All-Pro guard John Hannah started all 14 games in his second season with the team.

     
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    1976: From Cinderella to controversy

    In '67, the Impossible Dream Red Sox changed baseball in Boston. In '76, it was the beloved underdog Patriots who went on a wild ride into the playoffs that ended in bitter disappointment. Coming off a 3-13 record in 1975, the '76 team rolled to an 11-3 record. It all came to a crashing halt in Oakland, where the Patriots lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champ Raiders, 24-21, after referee Ben Dreith called a phantom roughing-the-passer penalty on Patriots tackle Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton (71, shown vs. 49ers) that led to quarterback Ken Stabler scoring the winning TD with 10 seconds remaining.
     
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    1976, part 2

    Tight end Russ Francis (left), tackle Leon Gray, All-Pro guard John Hannah, and rookie cornerback and punt returner Mike Haynes all were named to the Pro Bowl that season. Rookie Tim Fox was an instant force at safety. The Patriots rushed for nearly 3.000 yards on the season with the surprising Don Calhoun running for more than 700 yards in the league's second-best ground attack.
     
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    1978: Tragedy and some triumph

    Before the regular season even started, the Patriots suffered a devastating loss when wide receiver Darryl Stingley was paralyzed for life by an infamous hit by Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum during a preseason game in Oakland. The squad went on to rattle off seven straight wins to take their first division title in 15 years with an 11-5 record. Horace Ivory, a second-year running back out of Oklahoma, scored 11 rushing touchdowns for the '78 squad's high-scoring offense.

     
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    1978, part 2

    Ivory, Sam Cunningham, Andy Johnson, and quarterback Steve Grogan all rushed for more than 500 yards on a team that had an NFL-best 3,165 yards. Linebacker Steve Nelson and cornerback Mike Haynes led the defense. In a wild twist, coach Chuck Fairbanks was rumored to want out and was working on a deal to coach the University of Colorado. Owner Billy Sullivan suspended Fairbanks, and Ron Erhardt and Hank Bullough coached the last game against the Dolphins. After some legal wrangling, Fairbacks was back on the sidelines for a 31-14 loss to the Houston Oilers in the Patriots' first home playoff game ever.

     
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    1985: The first Super Bowl team

    After quarterback Tony Eason struggled to start the season and suffered a shoulder injury in week 6, wily veteran Steve Grogan came off the bench and led the Patriots to six consecutive wins. But then after Grogan broke his leg in a 16-13 overtime loss to the Jets, Eason was back at QB and the Patriots advanced to the playoffs after clinching the wild card by beating the Bengals in the last game of the season. All-Pro linebacker Andre Tippett (16 sacks) led a defense that featured Pro Bowl cornerback Raymond Clayborn and safety Fred Marion.

     
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    1985, part 2

    Craig James (left) was a force on the ground with 1,227 rushing yards. In the playoffs, the Pats went on a memorable road run to beat the New York Jets and Los Angeles Raiders, and then broke a 19-year losing streak at the Orange Bowl to defeat the Miami Dolphins to win their first AFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XX to face the Chicago Bears. In the New Orleans showdown, the vaunted Bears defense, featuring William "The Refrigerator" Perry, swallowed up the Patriots offense and steamrolled to a 46-10 win. Patriot greats John Hannah and Julius Adams retired after the season.

     
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    1994: New beginnings for New England

    Local businessman Robert Kraft became the team's fourth owner in January 1994 when he purchased the franchise from St. Louis businessman James Busch Orthwein. Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells (right) was in his second season calling the shots in Foxborough, and quarterback Drew Bledsoe (left), taken first overall in the 1993 NFL draft out of Washington State, was back for his sophomore season. Bledsoe passed early and often in '94 and led the NFL in completions (400), and passing yards (4,555). All-Pro tight end Ben Coates was a favorite target, and finished the season with 96 catches for 1,174 yards and 7 touchdowns.

     
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    1994, part 2

    The Patriots started the season at 3-6, but then Bledsoe broke out the air attack in an historic comeback performance against the Minnesota Vikings when he completed a record-setting 45 of 70 attempts for 426 yards in a dramatic 27-20 overtime win. The Pats closed the season with a seven-game winning streak to qualify for their first playoff berth since 1985 as a wild card, but lost in the first round to Bill Belichick's Browns 20-13 on New Year's Day in Cleveland.

     
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    1996: Second Super Bowl trip

    The Patriots had built a well-oiled machine by 1996 when quarterback Drew Bledsoe again passed for more than 4,000 yards and New England finished second in the NFL in scoring averaging at more than 26 points a game. The Bill Parcells-led Patriots won the AFC East title with an 11-5 mark. Rookie wide receiver Terry Glenn had 1,132 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Running back Curtis Martin led the ground attack with 1,152 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Linebackers Willie McGinest and Ted Johnson were mainstays on a defense where second-year cornerback Ty Law (left) and rookie safety Lawyer Milloy blossomed as young defensive backs.
     
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    1996, part 2

    After earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs, the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a dense fog in Foxborough, and then the Jacksonville Jaguars, who upset the highly favored Denver Broncos a week earlier, to earn a trip to Super Bowl XXXI. In New Orleans, the Patriots lost to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, 35-21. The Bill Parcells era in New England ended abruptly after the loss when the Big Tuna resigned and headed back to New York to become head coach of the Jets.
     
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    2001: The Brady Era abruptly begins

    Probably the most memorable season in franchise history resulted in the first Super Bowl championship for the Patriots. The ride started when when Drew Bledsoe was injured on a hit by the Jets' Mo Lewis in the home opener and Tom Brady, the young backup quarterback out of Michigan, took over and led the team to an 11-5 record to win the AFC East. Antowain Smith, with 1,157 yards rushing, solidified the Patriots running game and had 13 touchdowns. Receiver Troy Brown had a breakout year with 1,199 yards. Lawyer Milloy, Otis Smith, and Ty Law led a formidable defensive backfield for Bill Belichick's Pats.
     
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    2001, part 2

    Enter the playoffs. On a snowy night in the final game at Foxboro Stadium, the Brady Tuck Rule was born and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie it, followed by a 23-yard game-winner over the Raiders for a 16-13 victory in one of most memorable NFL divisional playoff battles ever. Next, in a dramatic 24-17 AFC Championship win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Bledsoe came off the bench after Brady suffered an ankle sprain and threw a touchdown pass that helped send New England back to the Super Bowl for the third time to take on the high-powered Rams. Brady led a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in a 48-yard kick by Adam Vinatieri that split the uprights with no time left to give New England its first Super
     
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    2003: The defense never rests

    The eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots got it done with some big defense in 2003 when they finished with a league-low 238 points and only 11 touchdowns allowed. The tenacious D was led by all-pro lineman Richard Seymour, linebackers Tedy Bruschi (left), Mike Vrabel, and Willie McGinest, defensive backs Ty Law and veteran Rodney Harrison. Quarterback Tom Brady continued his rise to stardom and threw for more than 3,600 yards and 23 touchdowns. Receiver Deion Branch had more than 800 yards. The Patriots' 38-30 win over the Tennessee Titans in Foxborugh on Oct. 5 was the start of an NFL-record 21-game win streak. On Nov. 30, the Patriots had one of the greatest goal line stands in team history when they stopped
     
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    2003, part 2

    The Pats finished a franchise-best 14-2 to win the AFC East. In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Patriots squeezed past the Titans 17-14 in one of the coldest games -- four degrees at kickoff -- in team history. The following week, the defense had four interceptions against Peyton Manning and the Colts in a 24-14 victory that sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the fourth time. At Reliant Stadium in Houston, the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29, with Adam Vinitieri (left) kicking a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left.
     
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    2004: Strike three out of four

    Corey Dillon was the new weapon for the Patriots. The veteran running back piled up a franchise-record 1,635 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Tom Brady had two Super Bowl wins under his belt and threw for almost 3,700 yards, completing more than 60 percent of his passes to receivers like David Patten, David Givens, and Daniel Graham, in addition to Deion Branch. All-pro defensive lineman Richard Seymour, linebackers Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel,and Willie McGinest, and defensive backs Ty Law and Rodney Harrison (pictured) comprised one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. The Patriots finished at 14-2 for the second straight season to win the AFC East.
     
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    2004, part 2

    Old nemesis Peyton Manning and the Colts were the opponent in the first round of the playoffs on a cold, snowy day at Gillette Stadium, but the Patriots shut down Indy, 20-3. The team then marched into Pittsburgh and manhandled the Steelers with a team playoff record 41 points -- highlighted by Harrison's 87-yard interception return -- to win the AFC Championship. In Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots beat the Eagles, 24-21, and become just the second team to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. Receiver Deion Branch (pictured), who had just 35 receptions on the season, was named Super Bowl MVP after he tied a record with 11 catches in the game.

     
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    2007: The record setters

    Also file under The Imperfect Season ... 18-0, but they just couldn't get the last one. Tom Brady, along with newly acquired receiver weapons Randy Moss (left) and Wes Welker, simply dominated during the perfect season, averaging more than 36 points per game, throwing for 4,806 yards on offense, and setting an NFL record with 50 touchdowns. Brady averaged more than 300 yards passing in an air show for the ages where Moss finished with an NFL-record 23 TD catches to go along with nearly 1,500 receiving yards, and Welker had more than 1,100 yards with eight touchdowns.
     
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    2007, part 2

    To open the season, the Patriots blew past the New York Jets on the road, 38-14, but the were caught videotaping the Jets' signals from the sideline and eventually fined and docked a draft pick in what came to be known as SpyGate. In the playoffs, the Patriots beat the Jaguars 31-20, with Brady setting a record for completion percentage in a postseason game (92.9, 26 for 28). The Patriots defense stepped up against San Diego the following week and New England beat the Chargers, 21-12, to head into the Super Bowl undefeated to face the Giants. But the Giants pulled off one of sports' great upsets, winning 17-14, in Arizona on Plaxico Burress' touchdown catch over Ellis Hobbs.
     
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    2010: They're out there grinding

    A song called "Out Here Grindin," -- played often at training camp and in the locker room -- is a fitting soundtrack to this incomplete season. Amid near-constant activity on the personnel front, the Patriots found a way to succeed. Fan favorites like Danny Woodhead and Deion Branch were brought in to replace stars like Kevin Faulk (injured) and Randy Moss (traded), while rookies like Devin McCourty, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski rose to the occasion and adopted the Patriot way. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) rushed for 1,000 yards; nose tackle Vince Wilfork, a force on defense, and linebacker Jerod Mayo, who led the NFL in tackles, played key roles.

     
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    2010, part 2

    Tom Brady was stellar, with 36 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in an MVP season. The season started with a convincing win over the Bengals, but concern cropped up in week 2 with a loss to the arrogant Jets. The Patriots responded with five straight wins, including over the Ravens, Chargers and Vikings. A hiccup in Cleveland had many thinking it was the start of a losing streak, but instead the Patriots dominated, beating five playoff teams -- Steelers, Colts, Jets, Bears and Packers -- during an eight-game win streak to complete the season at 14-2.

     
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    For me it'll be there first Super Bowl winning team
    followed by the 1976 team-that was the year I started watching the Patriots so I always liked the players from around that era- Grogan, Hannah, Francis, Morgan, Haynes  etc.
     
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