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From their creation in 1966, the Miami Dolphins seemed to have certain teams' numbers. For the Patriots, that number was 18. The Orange Bowl feasted on its 18th straight win over the Pats, 30-27. This, despite Miami's coughing up a kick return for a New England TD.
Fed up at last with being San Francisco's whipping boy, the Los Angeles Rams made 1985 their year. Henry Ellard caught a deflected pass for a touchdown as L.A. won 27-20.
The Bears were 12-0 going into this game. Before they could do the "Super Bowl Shuffle," they had to face Miami's own unbeaten streak. The Dolphins, remember, had that 17-0 season back in 1972, and Don Shula was not about to let somebody go 19-0 at his expense. Dan Marino and Company surprised the Bears with 31 first-half points in a 38-24 shocker (of sorts).moreless
No one will forget the night Lawrence Taylor broke up a Washington flea-flicker and broke Joe Theismann's leg. ESPN, who hired Theismann later, still bangs on about it because it's so important to them. More important to the Redskins, though, was that Jay Schroeder, their new QB, led the home team to victory over the Giants, 23-21.moreless
There was no stopping the Chicago Bears in 1985. Already undefeated deep in the season, Chicago added more fire to their rivalry with the Packers. Who will forget William "The Refrigerator" Perry's thunderous one-yard touchdown run?
Phil Simms and Company looked ready to take the jump in the NFC East race, but for one lapse in the second quarter. "Thurman's Thieves," as the Dallas defensive secondary was known, would steal the show this night, as the Cowboys won by a single point.
Jim McMahon had been in the hospital a couple of days before this divisional showdown. What followed was a performance that snowballed the Bears into the most celebrated season. A long TD pass from McMahon to Wille Gault began the Chicago comeback, enabling the Bears to win 33-24.
Dallas would not soon forget losing twice to the Redskins in '84. Doomsday now had a subdivision, a secondary called "Thurman's Thieves" after Dennis Thurman. With six INT's to their credit, Thurman's Thieves governed the 44-14 game, the most decisive win the Cowboys had ever enjoyed over Washington.