Which Patriots team is your all-time favorite?
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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 at more than 26 points a game. The Bill Parcells-led Patriots won the AFC East with an 11-5 mark. Rookie wide receiver Terry Glenn had 1,132 receiving yards and 6 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.