Okay, so the New England Patriots are playing the New York Jets this Sunday. From second year head coach Rex Ryan going against 3 time Superbowl champion Bill Belicheck, to veteran Tom Brady battling youngster Tony Sanchez, to Wes Welker and Deion Branch and co. facing off against a skillful, veteran Jets secondary, the story lines are endless! But, wouldn't you know it, this isn't the only time the Jets and Patriots have met in an intriguing playoff matchup. Let's ignore for a moment that these two teams met in the playoffs in the 2006-2007 NFL season...and, instead, let's skip all the way back their previous playoff matchup in the 1985-1986 season! Hello 80's!
The 1985-1986 Jets were led by quarterback Ken O'Brien (who threw 25 touchdown passes and almost 4,000 yards that season) and runningback Freeman McNeil (1331 yards rushing). The Patriots were led by quarterback Tony Eason, veteran wide receiver Stanley Morgan and fullback Craig James (who rushed for over 1,200 yards that season). Although the final score of the game was 26-14 in favor of the Patriots, the games wasn't as close as the score would indicate. The Patriots forced 4 turnovers and had 5 sacks. I am looking forward to finding out if the Patriots turn in a similar performance this weekend. If the Patriots end up victorious, and make it to the 2011 Superbowl, will the Patriots suffer the same fate as the 1985--1986 Patriots (a 46-10 thrashing in the Superbowl at the hands of the Chicago Bears)? Doubtful, but stranger things have happened.