the old timers will have to help me pre-merger... 1971 - Jim Plunkett and Randy Vataha stun the Colts in Baltimore giving the division to Miami 1977 - Again in Baltimore,this time Colts prevail when Bert Jones fumble is called not a fumble. 1978 - Having already clinched the division, Patriots lose at Miami 23-3 on MNF in the midst of the Fairbanks/Sullivan fiasco 1980 - Patriots get no help, miss playoffs with a 10-6 record 1982 - In final week of strike shortened season, Patriots make the playoffs by beating Buffalo at home. Grogan pass to Hasselbeck the key 1983- loss at Seattle eliminates Patriots 1985 - Patriots clinch playoff berth with win over the Bengals at Foxboro. fans are electrocuted on Rt 1 carrying goalposts when they hit wire. 1986 - On MNF, Grogan bomb to Morgan defeats Miami and wins the AFC East 1988- Berry plays Eason in Denver instead of Flutie with playoff berth on the line. Patriots lose. 1993- In what many think is teams final game in New England before heading to St Louis, Rookie Drew Bledsoes OT TD pass eliminates the Dolphins from the playoffs 1994 - In Chicago, the Patriots win their 7th straight 13-3 and clinch their first playoff spot in 8 years. 1996 - Bledsoe leads the comeback in the Meadowlands. Down 22-0, the Patriots rally to win 23-22 to win the #2 seed in the AFC 1997 - As in 1986, the Patriots win the AFC East by beating Miami in Miami on MNF. 2001- Patriots defeat the Panthers to finish 11-5. Later, the Raiders loss gives the Patriots the # 2 seed. 2002- Brady leads a wild comeback win over Miami in OT at home to keep hope alive. Jets win later over Green Bay eliminates the Patriots 2003 - Patriots get revenge on Buffalo 31-0 to win 12th straight and finish 14-2 2004 - Patriots crush the 49ers to finish 14-2 for the 2nd straight year 2007 - Brady to Moss the record breaker in N.Y. Patriots finish 16-0.