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This might be the worst iteration of the New England Patriots since 2009, but they're somehow on pace to secure a first round bye for the ninth consecutive season. That is simply an outrageous stat. In fact, no other team that clinched a bye last season managed to do it again this year. This is truly an unprecedented run.

​​The last time the Patriots didn't clinch a bye was 2009, when Tom Brady was still trying to return to form after tearing his ACL in the prior season. 


The Patriots have had a bye every year since 2010. To put that into perspective, many students likely started high school, and finished college during that span. Moreover, the number one single in 2010 was Ke$ha's "Tiki's Tok," and it was also the year that the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam Bradford.  


In other words, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have clinched a bye every single year since Sam Bradford entered the NFL. And apparently Tom Brady plans on continuing this run for a long time. 

However, the Brady-Belichick dynasty is likely on its last legs. Tom Brady may be the most pliable man on earth, but Father Time will come for him eventually, and it's hard to envision the Patriots dominating beyond next year. That being said, NFL fans should not take New England for granted, as we will likely never see a run like this again. 


After all, every story needs a villain, and the Patriots have turned in an Oscar-worthy performance for nearly two decades. 


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