Control The Line by Pete Brock

The 1985 AFC Championship Game is my favorite in a Patriots uniform. We traveled to the Orange Bowl in Miami to take on the Dolphins after road playoff wins over the New York Jets and Los Angeles Raiders. We were big underdogs in Miami where the Patriots had lost 18 straight road game. Our head coach, Raymond Berry, challenged the offensive line to control the line of scrimmage and the clock to keep Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino on the bench. We answered the challenge, rushing for 255 yards while our defense forced six turnovers. It was the greatest game I ever played in – not that I had the greatest game, but winning with a game plan that featured the offensive line so prominently to reach the franchise’s first Super Bowl was an incredible feeling. We “Squished the Fish” and broke the Orange Bowl jinx to win the AFC Championship.

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