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The 16 Most Heartbreaking Patriots Moments of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 1.9k votes 260 voters 6.9k views16 items

List RulesUpvote the most unforgettable (in a bad way) moments from the history of the New England Patriots NFL franchise.

One of the most consistent franchises in all of sports over since the mid 1990s, the New England Patriots and their fans have had very little to complain about. But that doesn't mean the Pats haven't had their share of setbacks and heartbreaking losses, injuries, and poor management decisions. Patriots players have given their all throughout the years, but in these instances it just wasn't enough. The low points in this NFL team's history have gutted fans, and seen great seasons end.

Take future Hall of Fame quarterback by the name of Tom Brady and, arguably, the best head coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick, and the Pats have enjoyed five Super Bowl trips and three wins with those two at the helm in Foxboro Stadium. But the Patriots have also suffered some tough Super Bowl losses, lost great players to unexpected injuries, and seen promising draft picks turn out to be duds.

These are the most heartbreaking moments from the Patriots's storied football history and if you're a fan of the Pats, you remember them well. Vote for the letdowns that hurt the most and hope for the best next time your New England Patriots take the field.
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  • Super Bowl XLII Loss to New Yo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 16 Most Heartbreaking Patriots Moments of All Time
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    After threatening to become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to finish with an undefeated season, the 2007 New England Patriots weren't able to finish the job and didn't get to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

    Even with a blistering offense that set numerous NFL records, the Pats were unable to do much against the New York Giants, falling in the Super Bowl XLII in dramatic 17-14 fashion, crushing their hopes of becoming, arguably, the best team ever.
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  • Super Bowl XLVI Loss to New Yo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 16 Most Heartbreaking Patriots Moments of All Time
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    Although there were other painful defeats, the Patriots losing to the New York Giants for the second time in the Super Bowl definitely ranks up there as one of the franchise's most heartbreaking moments.

    While New England wasn't as potent in all facets of the game, many thought Tom Brady would redeem himself by lifting his fourth Super Bowl trophy.

    Instead, it was the G-Men (again), beating Brady's team 21-17 in yet another thrilling championship game.
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    Asante Samuel Dropping an Interception in Super Bowl XLIII

    Asante Samuel Dropping an Inte is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 16 Most Heartbreaking Patriots Moments of All Time
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    We all know what happened after this dropped interception by former Pats cornerback Asante Samuel, right?

    It led to the most remarkable catch in Super Bowl history and allowed for the Giants's game-winning drive, ending the Patriots chances of becoming the first undefeated team in NFL history since the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Had Samuel been able to pull down this catch, there's no doubt the Pats would have been celebrating with a Lombardi Trophy.
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    2007 AFC Championship Loss to Indianapolis Colts

    2007 AFC Championship Loss to  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 16 Most Heartbreaking Patriots Moments of All Time
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    Though they were at one point holding a 21-6 lead, the Patriots weren't able to finish off Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, as Indy overcame the deficit to reach their first ever Super Bowl.

    While the game was entertaining for sports fans and took the monkey off of Manning's back in beating Bill Belichick and the Pats, it was a devastating loss for New England, which seemed to lose a little of their swagger in the process.
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