1985 New England Patriots season
The 1985 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League and 26th overall. The Patriots had a record of eleven wins and five losses and finished tied for second in the AFC East Division. They then became the first team in NFL history ever to advance to the Super Bowl by winning three playoff games on the road, defeating the New York Jets 26–14, the Los Angeles Raiders, 27–20, and the Miami Dolphins 31–14, in the AFC Championship game. The Patriots' win in Miami was their first victory in that stadium since 1966 and while they did defeat Miami on the road in 1969 that game was played in Tampa Bay. The win over the Dolphins in the game has gone down as one of the greatest upsets in NFL history, as the Dolphins were heavily favored.
|1985 New England Patriots season|
|Head coach||Raymond Berry|
|General manager||Patrick Sullivan|
|Home field||Sullivan Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Jets) 26–14|
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Raiders) 27–20
Won Conference Championship (at Dolphins) 31–14
Lost Super Bowl XX (Bears) 10–46
But despite the Patriots' success in the playoffs, they proved unable to compete with the acclaimed 15–1 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, losing 10–46 in what was at the time the most lopsided defeat in Super Bowl history. The Patriots were held to a Super Bowl record of just 7 rushing yards and their quarterbacks, Tony Eason and Steve Grogan, were sacked a combined 7 times by the powerful Bears defense.
"We couldn't protect the quarterback, and that was my fault. I couldn't come up with a system to handle the Bears' pass rush," head coach Raymond Berry acknowledged.
|New England Patriots 1985 staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||September 8, 1985||Green Bay Packers||W 26–20||Sullivan Stadium||1–0||49,488|
|2||September 15, 1985||at Chicago Bears||L 20–7||Soldier Field||1–1||60,533|
|3||September 22, 1985||at Buffalo Bills||W 17–14||Rich Stadium||2–1||40,334|
|4||September 29, 1985||Los Angeles Raiders||L 35–20||Sullivan Stadium||2–2||60,686|
|5||October 6, 1985||at Cleveland Browns||L 24–20||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||2–3||62,139|
|6||October 13, 1985||Buffalo Bills||W 28–6||Sullivan Stadium||3–3||40,462|
|7||October 20, 1985||New York Jets||W 20–13||Sullivan Stadium||4–3||58,163|
|8||October 27, 1985||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 32–14||Tampa Stadium||5–3||34,661|
|9||November 3, 1985||Miami Dolphins||W 17–13||Sullivan Stadium||6–3||58,811|
|10||November 10, 1985||Indianapolis Colts||W 34–15||Sullivan Stadium||7–3||54,176|
|11||November 17, 1985||at Seattle Seahawks||W 20–13||The Kingdome||8–3||60,345|
|12||November 24, 1985||at New York Jets||L 16–13||The Meadowlands||8–4||74,100|
|13||December 1, 1985||at Indianapolis Colts||W 38–31||Hoosier Dome||9–4||56,740|
|14||December 8, 1985||Detroit Lions||W 23–6||Sullivan Stadium||10–4||59,078|
|15||December 16, 1985||at Miami Dolphins||L 30–27||Miami Orange Bowl||10–5||69,489|
|16||December 22, 1985||Cincinnati Bengals||W 34–23||Sullivan Stadium||11–5||57,953|
Week 7 vs JetsEdit
After winning against the Bengals, fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts. Fans proceeded to walk down Route 1 with the goalposts, accidentally hitting an overhead wire and nearly electrocuting themselves.
|Playoff Round||Date||Opponent||Result||Game site||Record||Attendance|
|Wild Card Playoff||December 28, 1985||at New York Jets||W 26–14||Meadowlands Stadium||12–5||70,958|
|Divisional Playoff||January 5, 1986||at Los Angeles Raiders||W 27–20||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||13–5||88,936|
|AFC Championship||January 12, 1986||at Miami Dolphins||W 31–14||Orange Bowl||14–5||74,978|
|Super Bowl XX||January 26, 1986||N Chicago Bears||L 46–10||Louisiana Superdome||14–6||73,818|
This was only the second postseason win in Patriots history, and the first since 1963.
|New York Jets(4)||11||5||0||.688||6–2||9–3||393||264||W1|
|New England Patriots(5)||11||5||0||.688||6–2||8–4||362||290||W1|
|New England Patriots 1985 roster|
- "1985 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- "1985 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- Tales From The Patriots Sideline (Illinois:Sports Publishing LLC, 2006) by Michael Felger, p. 80
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Aug-01.
- Gainesville Sun. 1985 Sept 9. Retrieved 2017-Nov-01.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)