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For Belichick, He Now Finds Himself in Uncharted Territory

It’s not often that the glass covering the panic button ever comes close to being broken here in New England, but Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers certainly puts things in perspective.

The Patriots have been one of the most solid and consistent organizations in all of football for nearly two decades, with the team having not finished with a losing season dating all the way back to 2001. The last one came during Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000 when they finished 5-11.

The difference from Belichick’s first year and 2001 was obviously Tom Brady, with Brady joining the team in 2000 after being selected in the sixth round.