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New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett(56) vs. Miami Dolphins, January 12, 1986. The Patriots won the game 31-14 and moved on to Super Bowl XX. The Patriots were the first and only team in NFL history to emerge from a wild card berth and get to the Super Bowl by winning three games on the road
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The 1985 Patriots' historic journey to the franchise's first ever Super Bowl

GLEN FARLEY,
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Brockton Enterprise

*Twenty years ago, the Boston Celtics were still hanging championship banners from the rafters at the old Garden. The Red Sox were heading toward a season in which they would be one strike away. The regular season was a mere formality to the Bruins, who simply made the playoffs year after year after year. The Patriots? They were wallowing in obscurity. But over the course of the 1985 season, they made it a "Fab Four" on the New England sports scene, becoming the first and only team in NFL history to emerge from a wild card berth and get to the Super Bowl by winning three games on the road. By doing so, the team claimed the first American Football Conference championship in franchise history, and put pro football on the map in New England.

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12/28/05 Andre Tippett: Memories of '85

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12/28/05 Steve Grogan: Memories of '85

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12/23/05 NFL Films: Road to Super Bowl XX

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12/22/05 Interview with Andre Tippett

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12/22/05 Interview with Steve Grogan

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1985 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE (11-5)
DATE W/L SCORE OPPONENT ATTENDANCE
09/08/85 W 26-20 Green Bay 49,488
09/15/85 L 7-20 at Chicago 60,533
09/22/85 W 17-14 at Buffalo 40,334
09/29/85 L 20-35 L.A. Raiders 60,686
10/06/85 L 20-24 at Cleveland 62,139
10/13/85 W 14-3 Buffalo 40,462
10/20/85 W 20-13 N.Y. Jets 58,163
10/27/85 W 32-14 at Tampa Bay 34,661
11/03/85 W 17-13 Miami 58,811
11/10/85 W 34-15 Indianapolis 54,176
11/17/85 W 20-13 at Seattle 60,345
11/24/85 L 13-16 N.Y. Jets 74,100
12/01/85 W 38-31 Indianapolis 54,176
12/08/05 W 23-6 Detroit 59,078
12/16/85 L 27-30 at Miami 69,489
12/22/85
W
34-23
Cincinnati
57,953

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE (3-1)
AFC Playoffs
12/28/85 W 26-14 at N.Y. Jets 70,598
1/5/86 W 27-20 at L.A. Raiders 88,936
1/12/86
W
31-14
at Miami
74,978

SUPER BOWL XX
1/26/86
L
10-46
vs. Chicago
73,818

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