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    Yes, the Patriots actually made a Super Bowl following the 1985 season. That was the good news. The bad news was it was a game to forget, with the team anguishing fans, including those gathered in a lounge at Walpole, Mass., with a dreadful performance. Talk about best of times and worst of times.

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    Patriots Coach Chuck Fairbanks, right, with quarterback Steve Grogan, took a college job without telling the owner. Fairbanks was suspended, then brought back for a playoff game. The Pats lost both.

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    Yes, it was Tony Eason starting at QB in the Super Bowl against the Bears after the 1985 season ... and yes, it was Tony Eason benched for Steve Grogan.

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    It was ugly early, and stayed that way for Steve Grogan and the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The Bears rolled to a 46-10 win.

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    Clive Rush was the choice of Billy Sullivan to coach the Pats – instead of Chuck Noll – after helping the Jets upset the Colts in Super Bowl III.

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