Throwback Flashback ’85: Bengals at Patriots

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The Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots
All Time Head to Head Record: The Patriots lead the all time series 5-3. New England defeated Cincinnati 20-14 on 10/14/84.  This victory marked the Patriots third straight win over the Bengals.
The Game: December 22, 1985
Season Team Records:  Cincinnati Bengals (7-8), New England Patriots (10-5)
Overview:  Cincinnati was just trying to finish the season at .500. They wanted the victory to assure themselves of their second 8-8 season in a row.
The Patriots, on the other hand, had a lot to play for. They were on the cusp of their first playoff berth since the strike shortened ’82 season (reached the postseason with a 5-4 record). If they beat Cincinnati at home, New England would enter the postseason as a wild card team.
Coaches: Cincinnati Bengals-Sam Wyche, New England Patriots-Raymond Berry
Notable Bengals: Boomer Esiason (qb), Eddie Brown (wr)
Notable Patriots: Crai...

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