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The Patriots Are A Second-Half Team

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Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

For some teams, they have already started playing games in the second half of their season. For others, the ninth game of the year (and the start of their second half of the 2013 season) will begin this week.

The New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, have been the NFL's best team this century. One of the reasons for this has been how well the team has played in the second half of the season. Consider this: The Patriots were 27-5 in the second half of the season over the past four years, an .844 winning percentage, also tops in the league.

Following is a look at how well each of the teams have played in the second half of the season in the last four years (2009-2012, 32 games).

New England 27-5 .844

Green Bay 25-7 .781

New Orleans 23-9 .719

Atlanta 21-11 .656

Baltimore 21-11 .656

San Diego 21-11 .656

San Francisco 20-11-1 .641

Indianapolis 19-13 .594

Dallas 19-13 .594

Pittsburgh 18-14 .563

Denver 17-15 .531

Philadelphia 17-15 .531

Seattle 17-15 .531

Cincinnati 16-16 .500

Houston 16-16 .500

New York Jets 6-16 .500

Carolina 15-17 .469

Chicago 15-17 .469

Miami 15-17 .469

Tennessee 15-17 .469

Arizona 14-18 .438

Minnesota 14-18 .438

New York Giants 13-19 .406

Washington 13-19 .406

Kansas City 12-20 .375

Oakland 12-20 .375

Buffalo 11-21 .344

Jacksonville 11-21 .344

Cleveland 10-22 .313

Tampa Bay 10-22 .313

Detroit 9-23 .281

St. Louis 8-23-1 .266