Forget About the Jinx

Nearly 30 years ago, the underdog Patriots did the unthinkable at the time by breaking the Miami Jinx on their way to the franchise's first Super Bowl.

Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos marks the tenth AFC Championship game in Patriots franchise history. New England is 7-2 all-time in the game, which has given Pats fans great football moments over the years. One of the most memorable came nearly 30 years ago on their first Super Bowl run.

1985 – "Squish the Fish"

NEW ENGLAND 31, Miami 14 — The Patriots picked a fitting time to end their 18-game losing streak in the Orange Bowl against Miami, converting 4 of 6 turnovers into 24 points to win their first AFC title.

A fumble recovery set up New England's first points, a field goal by Tony Franklin.

Miami responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive for a 7-3 lead, the Dolphins' only lead of the day. Tony Eason answered with three straight touchdown passes to Tony Collins, Derrick Ramsey, and Robert Weathers, giving New England a 24-7 third-quarter lead. The scoring passes to Ramsey and Weathers were set up by fumble recoveries.

After Miami closed the gap to 24-14, the Patriots clinched the victory on Mosi Tatupu's one-yard touchdown run with 7:34 to play. Tatupu's score also was set up by a fumble recovery.

The Patriots rushed for 255 yards, led by Craig James (22 carries for 105 yards) and Weathers (16 rushes for 87 yards). With the victory, the Patriots became the last of the original eight AFL teams to win an AFL or AFC title.


Kevin Saleeba is the senior editor and columnist for Patriots Insider. A former beat writer for local media, Kevin has extensive knowledge of the team and experience covering the Patriots. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinSaleeba or like him on Facebook

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