Today In Patriots History
Squish the Fish Game
Squish the Fish Game
Sunday January 12, 1986 at 4:00
1985 AFC Championship Game, at the Orange Bowl
New England Patriots 31, Miami Dolphins 14
Head Coaches: Raymond Berry, Don Shula
Quarterbacks: Tony Eason, Dan Marino
Odds: Miami favored by 5½
- Patriots win the AFC, improve to 14-5 and advance to Super Bowl 20.
- Dolphins drop to 13-5 and are denied a Super Bowl game and rematch with the Bears.
- Miami was the only team to defeat Chicago that season, keeping the Fins 1972 17-0 season intact.
- Squish the Fish Curse? Since this game the Dolphins have never done better than 1-1 in a postseason.
- Miami is 6-11 in the playoffs since this game, has not won a playoff game since 2000, and has missed 18 of the last 20 playoffs.
Full First Half (1 hour, 46 minutes)
Full Second Half (1 hour, 39 minutes)
Key Stat #1
Turnovers: Miami 6, New England 2
(Fumble recoveries by Julius Adams, Greg Hawthorne, Garin Veris and Lester Williams; interceptions by Raymond Clayborn and Fred Marion)
Key Stat #2
Pats Rushing: 59 for 255 yards
Craig James, Robert Weathers and Tony Collins combined for 253 yards on 50 carries.
Miami Rushing: 13 for 68 yards
[Key Stat #2B, Time of Possession: Pats 39:51, Dolphins 20:09; Pats held the ball for 19 minutes and 42 seconds more than Miami!]
For those only familiar with the Patriots of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, know one thing about the 1985 Patriots: You would have absolutely loved them.
My bad. I wasn't doing my job a little over a week ago when a major sports anniversary occurred on Jan. 12.
FOXBORO — Yesterday was supposed to be a chance for all eyes to focus on the career of cornerback Raymond Clayborn and what he meant to the Patriots during his 13 years here.When it came time…
Steve Grogan sparked the run to the Pats first AFC Championship.
Tony Collins, Craig James and Robert Weathers were unstoppable, with 255 yards rushing.
Don Blackmon introduces himself to Dan Marino.
NT Lester Williams holds up the football after one of the six takeaways by the Pats
Linebackers Johnny Rembert and Brian Ingram celebrate after the victory.
An exuberant John Hannah celebrates the first Patriot AFC championship.