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Some Patriots/Rams Regular Season Notes

January 30, 2019

The New England Patriots have won in their last 5 meetings vs the Rams. That includes New England’s first Supe win, after the 2001 regular season.

The last Rams’ win vs N.E. was in that 2001 regular season.

A most memorable regular season game was the Patriots’ (30-28) victory at the Rams, then playing home games in Anaheim, on November 16, 1986.

I believe the Tony Eason to Irving Fryar “tipped/miracle/ last play, save the extra point, catch was roughly at the same part of Anaheim Stadium as Dave Henderson’s tremendously important, but far from decisive, 2 run home run for Boston (Red Sox) vs the L.A. area Angels, in game 5 of that season’s ALCS, just over one month earlier.

That same November 16, 1986 day, a New York Giants team, destined to win their last twelve games, certainly the last five with pretty much ease, en route to their first Super Bowl crown, “pulled a game out,” themselves, (22-20) at Minnesota, vs the Vikings.

Their assistant coach and of course long time Patriots’ head coach, Bill Belichick, walked off a Super Bowl field victorious that season and to this point, 6 more times, in his great coaching career.

One more Pats/Rams “reg” game note: In ’74, the Pats, an upstart team went to (3-0), beating the Rams in a New England home game.

The last touchdown of the game in that Rams loss, was the last touchdown of Lance Rentzel’s career, as he collected a pass from John Hadl.

Despite a (5-0) start, the Patriots failed to make the then 8 team/4 in each conference, playoff field. The Rams made the ‘offs for the second straight season, losing in the NFC Title Game at Minnesota.

L.A. (Rams) made the ‘offs 8 straight seasons from (’73-’80), advancing to one Super Bowl, in which they lost in a well played game to the great Pittsburgh Steelers. That was their last previous Supe appearance, as the Los Angeles Rams.

Click below to view the end of Pats/Rams on November 16, 1986. The classy Dick Enberg and the great one time Rams player, Merlin Olsen are the respective play by play and color announcers.

Irving Fryar Hail Mary catch, Patriots-Rams 1986


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