1985 New England Patriots season

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1985 New England Patriots season
Head coach Raymond Berry
(2nd season)
General manager Patrick Sullivan
(Since 1983)
Owner Billy Sullivan
(Since 1960)
Home field Sullivan Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 26–14
Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 27–20
Won Conference Championship (Dolphins) 31–14
Lost Super Bowl XX (Bears) 10–46
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Craig James rushes the ball past the Dolphins' defense in the AFC Championship game.

The 1985 New England Patriots season was the 16th season for the team in the National Football League and 26th season 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 3 playoff games on the road, defeating the New York Jets 26–14, the Los Angeles Raiders, 27–20, and then they went on to stun the football world and did the impossible as they pulled out a massive and stunning upset over the Miami Dolphins 31–14, in the AFC Championship game. The Patriots' win in Miami was their first victory in that stadium since 1969. 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.

But despite the Patriots' success in the playoffs, they proved unable to compete with the acclaimed 17–1 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, losing 46–10 in what was at the time the most lopsided defeat in Super Bowl history.

"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.[3]

Staff[edit]

New England Patriots 1985 staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
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

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
Packers 0 6014 20
• Patriots 7 1207 26

[4] [5]

Week 3[edit]

1 234Total
Patriots 3 770 17
Bills 0 707 14

[6]

Week 6[edit]

1 234Total
Bills 0 300 3
Patriots 0 077 14

[7]

Week 7[edit]

1 2 34Total
Jets 0 3 3713
Patriots 3 3 01420

at Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Week 16[edit]

1 234Total
Bengals 3 3710 23
• Patriots 10 10014 34

[8]

After winning against the Bengals, fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts. Unfortunately fans proceeded to walk down Route 1 with the goalposts, accidentally hitting an overhead wire and nearly electrocuting themselves.[9]

Postseason[edit]

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 LA 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

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 428 320 W7
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
Indianapolis Colts 5 11 0 .313 1–7 2–10 320 386 W2
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 1–7 2–12 200 381 L6

Roster[edit]

New England Patriots 1985 roster
Quarterbacks


Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 
  2. ^ "1985 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 
  3. ^ Tales From The Patriots Sideline (Illinois:Sports Publishing LLC, 2006) by Michael Felger, p. 80
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Aug-01.
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1985 Sept 9. Retrieved 2017-Nov-01.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  9. ^ http://www.patriots.com/news/2001/10/29/foxboro-stadium-history-1985