1985 Playoffs

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Wild Card playoffs

December 28, 1985

New England Patriots 26, New York Jets 14

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New York Jets077014

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and Bob Griese

The Patriots dominated the Jets by forcing 4 turnovers and 5 sacks. New England jumped to 3-0 lead in the first quarter after Tony Franklin made a 33-yard field goal. Then after New York scored on quarterback Ken O'Brien's 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Johnny Hector, Franklin kicked his second field goal for 41 yards. Late in the second quarter, safety Fred Marion intercepted a pass from O'Brien to set up Tony Eason's 36-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan, giving New England a 13-7 lead before halftime. In the third period, Franklin made a 20-yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Hector was stripped by Johnny Rembert, who then picked up the fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Pat Ryan connected with Mickey Shuler to bring the Jets within 9, but Franklin later made his fourth field goal of the game, a 26-yarder, during the final period.

Scoring

1st quarter

  • NE - FG Franklin 33

2nd quarter

  • NYJ - Hector 11 pass from O'Brien (Leahy kick)
  • NE - FG Franklin 41
  • NE - Morgan 36 pass from Eason (Franklin kick)

3rd quarter

  • NE - FG Franklin 20
  • NE - Rembert 15 fumble return (Franklin kick)
  • NYJ - Shuler 12 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick)

4th quarter

  • NE - FG Franklin 26
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