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Patriots are still undefeated with Dion Lewis in the lineup

The 26-year-old running back has never lost a game with New England.

AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Dion Lewis, to many, is a jack-of-all trades running back who can take over any game at a moment’s notice. To the Patriots, however, he’s a metaphoric rabbit’s foot.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the rest of the Patriots don’t lose many games. But it’s remarkable that with Lewis on the field, New England remains undefeated. Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons was Lewis’ 17th game with the Patriots, and just like they’ve done in his first 16, New England emerged victorious — even with the running back racking up just 29 total yards.

Lewis is 17-0 in his two-year Patriots career. The Patriots won the first eight games of their 2015 season, but Lewis tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve. After finally recovering from injury, Lewis re-joined the team in Week 11 of the 2016 season. New England hasn’t lost since, riding a nine-game win streak into the Super Bowl.

"We've played some two-back sets with Dion in there with another back whether it be [James] Develin or James White," Belichick said in an interview with CSN New England. "It's just another thing the defense has to deal with. He's certainly a different type of runner than LeGarrette [Blount] as an inside runner. It's the same plays, but they're not really the same."

Lewis finished with 110 yards from scrimmage on 29 touches in the Pats’ three playoff victories, but he’s done something no one else in NFL postseason history has done: scored a rushing, receiving, and kick return touchdown all in the same game. More importantly, he has helped his squad win the Super Bowl.

"It's great to have him,” Belichick said. “He's been a very productive player for us. The more of 'em you have. The better off we are."

Throughout his Patriots career, Lewis certainly has been weapon:

Dion Lewis’ Magical Run

Date Opponent Rush yds Rec yds TD Score
Date Opponent Rush yds Rec yds TD Score
09/10/15 PIT 69 51 0 28-21
09/20/15 BUF 40 98 1 40-32
09/27/15 JAX 37 30 1 51-17
10/11/15 DAL 34 59 1 30-6
10/18/15 IND 21 18 0 34-27
10/29/15 MIA 19 93 1 36-7
11/08/15 WAS 14 39 0 27-10
11/20/16 SF 23 26 0 30-17
11/27/16 NYJ 24 34 0 22-17
12/04/16 LAR 27 11 0 26-10
12/12/16 BAL 14 5 0 30-23
12/18/16 DEN 95 9 0 16-3
12/24/16 NYJ 52 5 0 41-3
01/01/17 MIA 48 4 0 35-14
01/14/17 HOU 41 23 3 34-16
01/22/17 PIT 11 8 0 36-17
02/05/17 ATL 27 2 0 34-28

Selected by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Lewis played two seasons in Philadelphia, compiling an 8-16 record under Andy Reid. Quickly after his hiring, new coach Chip Kelly traded Lewis to the Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Hindsight is 20-20, but the move was a lopsided one — Acho joked about the trade during the playoffs following Lewis’ monster performance against the Texans:

Eventually released by Cleveland, Lewis signed with the Colts in September 2014 but was cut just a week later. It wasn’t until a few months later in that same year when the Patriots signed Lewis to a reserve/future contract. The rest, as they say, is history.

And up to this point, it’s been flawless.