The head coaches that have dragged their teams to the NFL playoffs this season are the best of the best. But, despite the future Hall of Famer play callers on the sidelines, the New England Patriots will always have the edge coaching-wise.
No other coach has won more games in the postseason than Bill Belichick (31). He’s also the proud owner of six Super Bowl rings as a head coach.
If we wanted, we could spend the rest of the day heaping enormous praise and countless superlatives in the direction of Belichick, but in all fairness, he’s has had his dog days as well.
Things haven’t always come easy for New England with Belichick running the ship. And while he should still be considered the best leader in the game today, his playoff record isn’t a flawless one.
Josh Allen and the Bills ousted New England from the postseason this year in embarrassing fashion, so we wondered: what are some of the worst playoff losses New England has endured during Belichick’s time as a head coach?
These are the worst playoff losses in Patriots history under Bill Belichick.
6. Ravens destroy the Patriots in Foxborough
Game: 2009 Wild Card
Score: Ravens 33, Patriots 14
Before the 2009 AFC Championship Game took place, there was simply no need to play the Patriots on their home turf in the postseason. Up until that point, Belichick had never lost a playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Although that may have discouraged others, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens couldn’t care less.
They strode in confidently and effectively won the game in the first quarter. Quarterback Tom Brady gave the ball away three times during the opening quarter and the Ravens took advantage. By the time those 15 minutes expired on the clock, Belichick was facing a 24-point deficit.
In the end, Belichick was handed the first home playoff loss of his career by a ridiculous 19 points.