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Nov. 28, 1983

Nov. 28, 1983 Tony Eason made his first start as an NFL quarterback, against the New York Jets at Shea Stadium. It was one that was best forgotten, and he likely did. Otherwise he may have burned his football duds the moment he put on his street clothes. Steve Grogan, sidelined with a broken leg, could only watch and offer consolation to his young protege as the Jets pounded Eason in a 26-3 whooping. New York sacked Eason five times and pressured him into a dreary 13-for-27 showing for 159 yards and an interception. The Pats ambled over to Laguardia ...

Nov, 6, 1978

Nov. 6, 1978 “Patriots dull but tarnish Bills, 14-10” That was the headline atop the Boston Globe’s report on the Pats’ eighth win in 10 games. Since it was Buffalo’s seventh loss in 10 games, expectations of the Patriots lighting up the scoreboard were certainly warranted. As it turned out, Horace Ivory’s family and friends did not find the Patriots dull at all. Ivory gave the Pats a 7-3 lead with a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. In the third quarter Ivory went in from 10 yards out. The touchdown runs were the jewels on Ivory’s 128-yard afternoon. ...

November 7, 2023|Categories: History, NFL, Patriots|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Oct. 30, 1978

Oct. 30, 1978 For Patriots fans who were driven to throw anything available at the TV screen Sunday afternoon, here is a reminder that they actually have had offenses that didn’t suffer from the yips every time they reach the red zone. Hosting the New York Jets before a sell-out crowd at Schaefer Stadium, the Pats rolled to a 55-21 win. Among the team records they set that day: Most points in one game: 55. Most touchdowns in one game: Eight Most net yards in one game: 529. Most points in one quarter: 21. Steve Grogan, who was able to ...

October 31, 2023|Categories: History, NFL, Patriots|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Aug. 6, 1983

Aug. 6, 1983 Ron Meyer was preparing for his second season as head coach of the New England Patriots and already, as the first exhibition game beckoned, had personnel problems. Between injuries and contract holdouts, the Pats’ most acute deficiencies heading into a game against Pittsburgh (being played in Knoxville, of all places) were their corps of lineman, on each side of the ball. The offensive line was particularly wobbly. Guard Bob Cryder, who was to start for John Hannah, was out, as was tackle Shelby Jordan. Understandably, Meyer was not anxious to expose veteran quarteback Steve ...

April 2, 1988

April 2, 1988 As the NFL Draft loomed, the Patriots went about taking care of the veterans they expected to be on their Opening Day roster. They wrapped up a six-year deal with linebacker Andre Tippett that would pay him, in total, as much as $6 million. Most observers considered that a wise business decision. Word also came that the Pats’ offered to re-sign Tony Eason for the 1988 season for $350,000 less than he made in 1987. Most observers also considered that a wise business decision. Eason’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, fought hard for his client (and, ...

April 3, 2023|Categories: NFL, Patriots|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dec. 8, 1987

Dec. 8, 1987 Steve Grogan, limping toward the end of his NFL career, would start the Patriots’ next game, at Sullivan Stadium against the New York Jets. It was a lost season for the Pats. Shortened by a three-week players strike, dogged by injuries, New England missed the playoffs for the first time since 1984. As for Grogan, he again served as a backup. Since leading the Patriots out of the NFL wilderness in the first half of his career, he then played the role of reliever behind Tony Eason, Doug Flutie, Marc Wilson and Tom Ramsey. ...

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