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Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Steve:Section 102, Apr 3, 2020.

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What was your favorite old school memory

  1. Beating the Jags for the AFC Championship

    5 vote(s)
    12.2%
  2. Beating Pittsburgh to advance to the AFCC in the fog

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    19.5%
  3. Squish the Fish in '85

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    43.9%
  4. Ray Lewis blah blah blah

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    2.4%
  5. Snow plow Game

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  6. Bledsoe goes 45-70 vs Minnesota OT win

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  7. other

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  1. PittPatriot

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    sorry, I should’ve been more clear:
    Before losing to the NYG, I would’ve bet the 2007 Pats could beat the 85 Bears.
     
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    That mistake was on me. You clearly wrote SB42.

    It's a great question, but I'd have to go with the Pats on that one. Bill and Ernie would have had years to figure out that 54 defense, or whatever they called it.
     
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    Of the listed poll choices, Squish the Fish is my top choice by far. It was the point that marked the Patriots as being able to play in the major leagues.

    However, when I let my aged mind wander over the collected images of past Pats games, the top image that always recurs is Ben Watson blowing up Champ Bailey. Others are Jim Nance rumbling, Hog Hannah pulling, Ty Law undercutting a Peyton sideline pass.
     
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  4. italian pat patriot

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    That play too is fixed and stamped on my mind too ...

    What an awesome incredible play by Ben...
     
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    if we assumed a 2 week prep window, I think BB would’ve had enough time. Having said that, they knew coming out of week 17 the NYG could get to TB12 and and also score on us. Perhaps they spent much of that prep on our defense and assumed McD and TB12 could put up 30 on demand.

    The thing with the 85 Bears is not only could they get to the passer, they were so stout on the line... you could not run against them.
    We’d have to spread them out and Welker would’ve had to kill them in the short passing game.
     
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    IIRC, and I am going off memory, the playoff run resulted in the Pats being +13 on the give-away/take-away board. +13 over 3 games!
     
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    Yeah, it was crazy. I think they forced 4 turnovers in NY, 5 in LA and 6 in Miami. First some reason, the number 15 stands out in my head. I had all 3 games recorded and watched them multiple times, putting that number in my head. My memory could be fading, though.

    Regards,
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    On that run Tony Eason managed at best all games

    If i remember correctly in these 3 road games no picks at all...no int
     
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    Tony got off easy. I remember in the Raiders game he faced two 3rd and longs in the 2nd half, then did the shotgun draw to Craig James for the first down each time. In the Miami game, I think Tony barely cracked 70 yards passing. You knew Chicago was watching that film, licking their chops.

    Regards,
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    No huge numbers but he was solid imho...no mistakes at all...in 3 road games
    Good job
     
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    From the list...I chose Bledsoe's 45/70 game because it was at that point, I told myself, "We might have a REAL QB....."
     
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    I had just moved to the Bay Area that season. Barely knowing my way around, I locked onto one spot in downtown San Jose to watch the Pats on satellite tv. It was a hassle to get to, parking was a pain and there were no other Pats fans so every Pats game had a huge contingent rooting for the opponent. Then the losing streak began. The weekly trek became a miserable experience. After the Cleveland fiasco brought the streak to 4 and the season to 3-6, I said **** it, I'll catch them on the rare nationally televised game.

    The next week, I was watching some random game when the score update at the bottom showed 20-0 Vikings/Pats. I thought, "Thank God I'm not surrounded by Vikings clowns in SJ." Then I see 20-3, then 20-17, then 20-20! Holy ****, what did I miss? Then an update showed the winner to Turner in OT along with Bledsoe's insane 45/70 line. I was stunned. I devoured all of the highlights on ESPN multiple times that night, trying to recreate what I missed.

    From that day on I made sure to trek to the bar to watch the games. I learned my lesson.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
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    I was cross country skiing at 8,000 ft in CO and missed that epic Bledsoe comeback
     
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    "Squish the Fish" season and subsequent playoff that year was something as a long time RS/NEP fan I really needed.. it seemed prior to that year we were always mediocre.

    I worked second shift on Sunday at the RI Prison Complex, and after my shift ended would head on over to the airport to greet the plane.. airport security was quite a bit different then.

    That year gave me hope, I needed that.. my 1st marriage was coming to an end, work really sucked and that was a lifeline.
     
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    Yeah, it's the Squish the Fish game.
     
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    Yes. Good job by Tony. He didn't screw up.

    But an historic turnover advantage in the three road wins [2/2 even in the clincher at home vs. Boomer and the Bengals]. And dominant running in all four must wins.

    Pete Axthelm and the Bears and everyone on Earth (including the SNL cold open the night before the game) knew the Pats were dead if Eason started. It's Berry's blind spot.

    Without Grogan, the 1985 Patriots are maybe 8-8.

    Without Flutie, the 1988 Patriots are maybe 4-12.
     
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    A great game. Well coached by Scar.
     
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    So the current patriots.com bracket is silly. The 'Eason' bracket, the 'Bledsoe' bracket, and two Super Bowl brackets.

    Best games? Too many to count, and you guys saw a lot of them.

    In their first season at Fenway Park, switching from Nickerson Field, the Patriots hovered around the .500 mark all season, and were in position to win the Eastern Division title outright with a victory on their final game. The 35–3 road loss to the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs allowed the Buffalo Bills catch up and both finished at 7–6–1, which required a divisional playoff game, the AFL's first. Both teams had a bye the following week, postponed from the Sunday after the assassination of President Kennedy; the tiebreaker playoff was scheduled for Saturday, December 28, at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. The teams split their two games during the regular season, with the home team winning, and the host Bills were slight favorites.

    The visiting Patriots won the playoff game 26–8 on a snowy field, with quarterback Babe Parilli throwing two touchdown passes to fullback Larry Garron, and three field goals were added by end Gino Cappelletti. With the win, Boston became Eastern Division champions.

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    Bob Windsor is best known for a winning touchdown play while with the Patriots that he made in a regular season game in 1974 against the Minnesota Vikings. On October 27, both teams had 5-1 records going into the game. The Vikings had been to Super Bowl VIII the season before, while the upstart Patriots were coming off seven consecutive losing seasons and off to their best start since 1966. The Patriots won the game 17-14, and Windsor scored the winning touchdown with no time left on the clock by taking a short pass from Jim Plunkett and breaking several tackles before dragging a tackler into the Vikings end zone who had a hold of his left leg. Windsor severely injured his left knee on the play and was out for the season. He never was the same player after that and played only one more season with the Patriots before retiring.

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    September 26, 1976 at Pittsburgh Steelers:

    Forcing six Steeler fumbles in heavy rain, the Patriots wiped out a 20–9 third-quarter gap as Steve Grogan threw to Russ Francis, and Darryl Stingley on fourth down, and ran in a touchdown for 21 second-half points. Don Calhoun's fumble in the final four minutes led to a Bradshaw touchdown, and after forcing another punt with 1:29 to go Bradshaw nearly fumbled away the ball but converted two first downs requiring 25 or more yards. With three seconds to go Roy Gerela missed a field goal and the Patriots had an upset 30–27 win. It was the only time a visitor came from behind to beat the Steelers during their run in the 70's.
     
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    To the other old folks here -

    Was it me, my fading memory, or reality that back in the late 70's / 80's if the Seahawks came to town, they brought the rain with them?
     
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    all I remember from back then is I hate Ben Dreith's living guts, may he burn in hell for eons
     
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