Dave Megget was the spark that ignited the second consecutive AFC East Divisional Chapionship. He caught a pass from Bledsoe and stormed twenty yards downfield to the two yard line while carrying Dolphin defenders.
The Patriots faced the Miami Dolphins for the second time in the week and defeated them for the third time during the 1997 season with a 17-3 victory in the opening game of the playoffs.
The Patriots dropped a 24-21 overtime decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Foxboro Stadium. This was only the Patriots second loss at home all season.
The Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 26 to 20 despite the absence of offensive stars, Terry Glenn and Curtis Martin. The Patriots took the opening drive 42 yards to set up Adam Vinatieri's first of five field goal atttempts for the game.
The Patriots scored on their opening possession, converting a Willie Clay fumble recovery into a 44-yard touchdown drive. The Patriots took the lead and ran winning the game 20-17.
Larry Whigham and Jimmy Hitchcock each contributed with interceptions returned for touchdowns late in the second quarter to give the Pats a 27-24 victory over the Dolphins.
The Patriots (6-5) were beat by the Buccaneers (8-3) in a non-conference game on the road. The score was 27-7 and this game was so handliy won by the Buccaneers that the Patriots pulled their starters in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills by 21 points to improve to 4-1 in the division and move into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East. Special teams and stellar defense delived this win for the Patriots who put the game away fairly early.
The Minnesota Vikings hand the Patriots their third straight loss in-a-row. The hero for the Vikings was the unlikely Moe Williams, who made his professional debut in this game.
The Green Bay Packers gave the Patriots their first lost at Foxboro since last season in the middle of November. The streak ended at eight consecutive games and was a rematch of last year's Super Bowl.
The New York Jets handed the Patriots their first divisional loss of the season. They only raked in 88 yards in the first half, but exploded after Glenn Foley entered the game in the second half, three touchdown effort.
Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals and three extra points to single handedly beat the Bills. The game marked Bledsoe being the third player in Patriots history to hit the 16,000 yard plateau.
The Patriots lost their first game at Mile High Stadium. This match-up was the latest in the season that two undefeated teams had met on Monday Night Football.
The Patriots dismantle the Chicago Bears 31-3 en route to their most impressive start since 1974. Troy Brown hit his career high thus far with 124 reception yards in today's game.
The Patriots won their thrid straight in a nail biting game. In overtime, the Patriots were led by Martin, who rushed sevenm times for 49 yards on the final drive of the game, leading the Patriots to the 17 yard-line.