The New England Patriots have a rich history that could really include 20 or 25 moments on this list.
They have won six Super Bowl championships all coming in the last 20 years. So, how many of those Super Bowl championships end up on the greatest moments list?
Let’s take a look at the five greatest moments in Patriots history.
5. Malcolm Butler saves the day
Malcolm Butler wasn’t a household name when he saved the day and clinched the victory in Super Bowl XLIX.
The Patriots scored 14 points in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks to take a 28-24 victory. The Seahawks had one last drive to try and win the Super Bowl and they had driven all the way down to the one-yard line.
Instead of trying to use Marshawn Lynch to get the final yard, the Seahawks called a pass play. Russell Wilson dropped back to pass and it looked like Tyler Lockett was wide open.
Wilson passed the ball, but Butler stepped in front, picked off the pass, and sealed the Patriots Super Bowl victory.
4. Patriots win their first Super Bowl
As rich as history has been as of late for the Patriots, many often forget that this is a team that for some time really struggled to win games.
Back in 2002, the Patriots weren’t even really looked at as a Super Bowl contender heading into the season. Drew Bledsoe was the team’s starting quarterback before he was injured, and a quarterback named Tom Brady stepped into the picture.
When Brady stepped onto the field for the first time, who would have thought he would be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy later that season?
In Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots faced off against the St. Louis Rams, who were the favorites in the game. Late in the game, Brady led the Patriots into field goal range. The kick was made, and the win kicked off the Patriots dynasty.
3. Bill Belichick Hired
Even getting Bill Belichick to the Patriots was quite the adventure.
After signing to be the New York Jets head coach, he resigned one day later. The Patriots continued to pursue him and ultimately had to trade for Belichick’s rights to get him on board.
There could be an argument made that trading for Belichick was the most important trade in team history. Belichick has been the man in charge for all six of the Patriots’ Super Bowl victories.
2. Comeback for the ages
All the Patriots’ Super Bowl victories have been special, but was there any better than the comeback against the Atlanta Falcons?
The Patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI. New England got a little help from some poor decisions from the Falcons, but Brady also found a lot of success. The offense got on a roll and ended up forcing in overtime.
In overtime, the Patriots moved the ball down the field and James White ended up running the ball in from two yards out to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
1. Tom Brady drafted
Who could have imagined that when Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, it would become the greatest moment in franchise history?
When Bledsoe was knocked out of that game that season, it seemed that Brady would just fill in for him until he was ready to come back, but Brady never gave back the position.
He led the Patriots to six Super Bowl victories, and when he retires, he will be considered by most the greatest quarterback to ever play in the NFL.
If it wasn’t for that sixth-round draft pick, who knows if there would have even been one Super Bowl victory.