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2011 New England Patriots season
Head Coach Bill Belichick
Home Field Gillette Stadium
Results
Record 5–1
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2011 New England Patriots season is the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League and 52nd season overall.

The Patriots dedicated their 2011 season to the memory of Myra Kraft, the wife of owner Robert Kraft, who passed away in July 2011. At both home and away games, the Patriots are wearing patches bearing Kraft's initials, MHK, on their uniforms.[1]


OffseasonEdit

2011 NFL DraftEdit

The Patriots traded their original seventh-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka in August 2010.[2] The Patriots also acquired the Denver Broncos' fourth-round selection in exchange for a sixth-round selection and running back Laurence Maroney.[3] The Patriots acquired the sixth-round selection from the New Orleans Saints in a September 2009 trade for tight end David Thomas.[4] The team later agreed to trade the higher of its two fourth-round selections – the pick acquired from the Broncos – to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Deion Branch.[5]

2011 New England Patriots Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1[6] 17 Nate Solder T Colorado
2[7] 33 Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
2[8] 56 Shane Vereen RB California
3 73 Stevan Ridley RB LSU
3[9] 74 Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
5 138 Marcus Cannon G TCU
5 159 Lee Smith TE Marshall
6 194 Markell Carter OLB Central Arkansas
7 219 Malcolm Williams CB TCU


2011 New England Patriots Draft Day Trades
Round Overall Team Received
1 28 to New Orleans Saints Received New Orleans' second-round pick (56 overall) in 2011 and first-round pick in 2012
2 60 to Houston Texans Received Houston's third-round and fifth-round picks (73 and 138 overall)
3 92 to Oakland Raiders Received Oakland's seventh-round pick in 2011 (219 overall) and second-round pick in 2012
4 125
6 193 to Philadelphia Eagles Received Philadelphia's sixth-round pick (194 overall)

StaffEdit

New England Patriots staffv · d · e
Front Office
Head Coaches
Offensive Coaches
 
Defensive Coaches
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
Coaching Assistants

Coaching Staff
Management
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NFC East: DAL  · NYG  · PHI  · WASNorth: CHI  · DET  · GB  · MINSouth: ATL  · CAR  · NO  · TBWest: ARI  · STL  · SF  · SEA
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Current rosterEdit

New England Patriots rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Exclusive-Rights FAs

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 2, 2011
Depth ChartTransactions

63 Active, 0 Inactive, 13 FAs

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ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1 7:30 PM EDT August 11, 2011 Jacksonville Jaguars W 47–12 1–0 Gillette Stadium WBZ Recap
2 7:30 PM EDT August 18, 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–14 2–0 Raymond James Stadium WBZ Recap
3 8:00 PM EDT August 27, 2011 Detroit Lions L 10–34 2–1 Ford Field CBS Recap
4 7:30 PM EDT September 1, 2011 New York Giants L 17–18 2–2 Gillette Stadium WBZ Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1 7:00 PM EDT September 12, 2011 Miami Dolphins W 38–24 1–0 Sun Life Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
2 4:15 PM EDT September 18, 2011 San Diego Chargers W 35–21 2–0 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
3 1:00 PM EDT September 25, 2011 Buffalo Bills L 31–34 2–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
4 4:15 PM EDT October 2, 2011 Oakland Raiders W 31–19 3–1 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
5 4:15 PM EDT October 9, 2011 New York Jets W 30–21 4–1 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
6 4:15 PM EDT October 16, 2011 Dallas Cowboys W 20-16 5-1 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
7 Bye
8 4:15 PM EDT October 30, 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field CBS
9 4:15 PM EST November 6, 2011 New York Giants Gillette Stadium Fox
10 8:20 PM EST November 13, 2011 New York Jets MetLife Stadium NBC
11 8:30 PM EST November 21, 2011 Kansas City Chiefs Gillette Stadium ESPN[a]
12 4:15 PM EST November 27, 2011 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field CBS
13 8:20 PM EST December 4, 2011 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium NBC
14 1:00 PM EST December 11, 2011 Washington Redskins FedEx Field CBS
15 4:15 PM EST December 18, 2011 Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS
16 1:00 PM EST December 24, 2011 Miami Dolphins Gillette Stadium CBS
17 1:00 PM EST January 1, 2012 Buffalo Bills Gillette Stadium CBS
a Simulcast on WCVB-TV and WMUR-TV.
Note: Game times for Weeks 10, 12–15 and 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.[10] (Games not scheduled on Sundays are ineligible for flex scheduling.)

StandingsEdit

AFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (1) New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 513 342 W8
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 394 382 L3
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 348 330 W1
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 372 434 L1


Regular season resultsEdit

Week 1: at Miami DolphinsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 7 14 10

38

Dolphins 7 0 10 7

24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

The Patriots began their 2011 campaign at Sun Life Stadium, for a Week 1 AFC East duel with the Miami Dolphins in the first game of Monday Night Football's doubleheader. New England trailed early in the first quarter as Dolphins' quarterback Chad Henne scrambled for 9-yard touchdown. The Patriots answered, with a 4-yard touchdown run from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. New England took the lead in the second quarter, with quarterback Tom Brady finding tight end Rob Gronkowski on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Miami tied the game in third quarter, as Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brian Hartline, yet the Patriots regained the lead, with Brady hooking up with wide receiver Wes Welker on a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Dolphins would reply, with a 20-yard field goal by placekicker Dan Carpenter. Afterwards, New England closed out the third quarter, with Brady connecting with tight end Aaron Hernandez on a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Patriots added onto their lead in the fourth quarter, with a 20-yard field goal from placekicker Stephen Gostkowski, followed by Brady finding Welker on a 99-yard touchdown pass. Miami would close out the game with Henne completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to running back Reggie Bush.

With the win, New England began their season at 1–0.

Week 2: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 0 0 14

21

Patriots 7 13 0 15

35

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), Wind
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Following their Monday Night win at Miami, the Patriots returned to Foxborough for their home opener against the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, but the Chargers responded, with a 10-yard touchdown run by running back Ryan Mathews. The Patriots scored 13 unanswered points in the second quarter, with a 22-yard field goal by placekicker Stephen Gostkowski, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski, followed by a 47-yard field goal by Gostkowski just before halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, the Chargers cut into the Patriots lead, with a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Rivers to wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The Patriots responded, with Brady throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski (and a two-point conversion run by running back Danny Woodhead). The Chargers tried to rally, with Rivers throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jackson, but a 16-yard touchdown run by Patriots' running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis just after the two-minute warning sealed the win for New England.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 2–0.

Week 3: at Buffalo BillsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 7 3 7

31

Bills 0 10 7 17

34

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 78 °F (26 °C), Mix of sun and clouds
  • Game attendance: 68,174
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (color commentator)

Following their win over the Chargers, the Patriots flew to Orchard Park, New York for an AFC East duel with the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots grabbed the lead in the first quarter, with quarterback Tom Brady throwing two touchdown passes – a 14-yarder to wide receiver Wes Welker and a 1-yarder to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots added to their lead in the second quarter, with Brady connecting with Rob Gronkowski on a 26-yard touchdown pass. The Bills responded, with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Johnson, followed by a 42-yard field goal by placekicker Ryan Lindell. The Bills narrowed the Patriots' lead in the third quarter, with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to tight end Scott Chandler. The Patriots increased their lead, with a 23-yard field goal by placekicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Bills tied the game in the fourth quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Fred Jackson, then grabbed a 31–24 lead when cornerback Drayton Florence returned a Brady interception 27 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots tied the game, with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Welker. However, the Bills got the last possession, as Lindell nailed a 28-yard field goal as time expired, snapping the Patriots' 15-game winning streak against the Bills.

With the loss, the Patriots dropped to 2–1.

Week 4: at Oakland RaidersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 10 7 7

31

Raiders 3 7 3 6

19

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Hoping to avenge their Week 3 loss at Buffalo, the Patriots flew across the country to face the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders grabbed the lead in the first quarter, with a 28-yard field goal by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski. The Patriots responded, with quarterback Tom Brady throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker. The Raiders re-claimed the lead in the second quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Michael Bush. The Patriots answered, with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, followed by a 44-yard field goal by placekicker Stephen Gostkowski just before halftime. The Patriots added to their lead in the third quarter, with a 33-yard field goal by running back Stevan Ridley. The Raiders narrowed the lead, with a 26-yard field goal by Janikowski, but the Patriots increased it in the fourth quarter, with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brady to wide receiver Deion Branch. The Raiders scored a late touchdown, with quarterback Jason Campbell throwing a 6-yard pass to wide receiver Denarius Moore (with a failed two-point conversion attempt), but the Patriots ran out the clock, sealing the win.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 3–1.

Week 5: vs. New York JetsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 7 7

21

Patriots 7 3 14 6

30

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 82 °F (28 °C), sunny and warm
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Coming off their win at Oakland, the Patriots returned home for an AFC East duel with the New York Jets. The Patriots grabbed the early lead in the first quarter, with a 3-yard touchdown run by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, followed in the second quarter by a 44-yard field goal by placekicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Jets got on the board, with a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Shonn Greene. The Patriots extended their lead in the third quarter, with quarterback Tom Brady throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deion Branch. The Jets responded, with quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The Patriots added to their lead, with a 3-yard touchdown run by Green-Ellis, followed in the fourth quarter with a 24-yard field goal by Gostkowski. The Jets tried to rally, with wide receiver Santonio Holmes receiving a 21-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez, but a late 28-yard field goal by Gostkowski sealed the win for the Patriots.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 4–1.

Week 6: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys

0

Patriots

0

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Awards and honorsEdit

Recipient Award(s)
Tom Brady Week 1: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[11]
Week 1: FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week[12]
Week 2: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[13]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Patriots Dedicate Season To Myra Kraft, Will Wear Jersey Patch
  2. "Falcons trade Ojinnaka to Pats for draft pick". Associated Press. Yahoo! Sports. August 23, 2010. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-falcons-patriotstrade. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  3. "Source: Maroney traded to Denver". ESPNBoston.com. September 14, 2010. http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4683329/source-maroney-traded-to-denver. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  4. Reiss, Mike (May 8, 2010). "Pats get upgraded draft pick". ESPNBoston.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=5173519. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  5. "Sources: Patriots trade for Deion Branch". ESPN.com. October 11, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=5675331. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  6. The Patriots acquired the Oakland Raiders' first-round selection in a 2009 trade for defensive end Richard Seymour. ESPN.com summary
  7. The Patriots acquired the Carolina Panthers' second-round selection in exchange for a 2010 third-round selection. Boston.com summary
  8. The Patriots acquired the New Orleans Saints' second-round selection in the 2011 draft and a first-round selection in the 2012 draft for this first round pick.
  9. The Patriots acquired the Minnesota Vikings' third-round selection in a trade for wide receiver Randy Moss and a 2012 seventh round selection. ESPNBoston.com summary
  10. "2011 NFL on FOX broadcast schedule". Fox Sports. Fox Sports. April 19, 2011. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/2011-NFL-on-FOX-broadcast-schedule-041911. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  11. "Brady is AFC Offensive Player of Week". ESPNBoston.com. 2011-09-14. http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4702877/brady-is-afc-offensive-player-of-week. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
  12. Petraglia, Mike (2011-09-16). "Tom Brady ‘airs’ it out for FedEx Award". WEEI.com. http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/sports/newengland/football/patriots/2011/09/16/tom-brady-airs-it-out-for-fedex-award/. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
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