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Bill Belichick’s Patriots Eliminated from Playoffs (Earliest Since 2000)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots reacts against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were officially eliminated from the 2024 NFL playoffs on Sunday after the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Indianapolis Colts 34-14.

The Patriots now face their earliest playoff elimination since the 1999-2000 season. Despite a rare win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14, the Patriots’ overall season record stands at 3-10.

The Patriots’ upcoming matches against the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos will be significant for the AFC playoff standings.

With the Patriots eliminated from the playoffs, more questionable streaks have arisen under the Belichick era. Combined with their 8-9 performance from the previous year, it marks the second early playoff elimination before the final week of the season.

The 2000 season was Belichick’s debut with the Patriots, where he led them to a 5-11 record after starting the season going 4-9. However, this season marks the first time the Patriots failed to make the playoffs for two consecutive years under the Belichick era. A stark contrast, considering the Patriots’ impressive record of nine Super Bowl appearances and six wins.

New England is now 3-10 this season, only one loss away from matching Belichick’s most defeats in a season during his debut 2000 season.

Patriots Eliminated: A Disaster Season

Belichick and his Patriots have had a difficult season in every way possible. Injuries to key players Matt Judon and Christian Gonzalez have severely affected their defense, while the offense has been a complete disaster. However, a glimmer of hope in Thursday’s win brought some excitement to the team.

During Tom Brady’s two decades with the team, New England always remained in playoff contention. However, in the current season, with only four weeks left, their performance will only affect their position in the 2024 NFL Draft.

New England fans can only wonder how much more time Patriots owner Robert Kraft will lend to Belichick before he is officially on the hot seat.