|1993 New England Patriots season|
|Head Coach||Bill Parcells|
|Home Field||Foxboro Stadium|
|Place||4th AFC East|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
Amid year-long rumors that the team would move to St. Louis and become the Stallions (even to the point of a team logo being unveiled and hats being printed), the Patriots ran through the year, the first for coach Bill Parcells, who'd been a linebackers coach in Foxboro in 1980 under Ron Erhardt. The Patriots drafted Drew Bledsoe as the #1 pick and he was named starter.
The Patriots lost their first four games, even after forcing overtime against the Lions and seeing a last-minute field goal attempt against Seattle bounce off the crossbar, and Bledsoe was injured, Scott Secules was named the starting quarterback and won the game with two touchdowns passing and one rushing in the team's 23–21 win over the Cardinals. Scott Secules was then benched the next game and would remained benched. Drew Bledsoe started for the Patriots then lost seven straight before eking out a 7–2 win against the Bengals in the last occurrence to date of a team scoring only a safety in a game. This win led to a 20–17 win over the Cleveland Browns coached by Parcells' longtime assistant Bill Belichick and a 38–0 massacre of the Indianapolis Colts in brutal windchill.
The season ended on January 2, 1994 with many in the sellout crowd at Foxboro Stadium believing it would be the final ever game for the New England Patriots before moving to St. Louis; unknown to most, though, was that stadium owner Robert Kraft was working to force the selling of the team to him, and his control of the team's lease ensured no move could take place until 2002 at the earliest.
The season finale itself became on of the most dramatic games in the club's history. The Patriots were hosting the Dolphins, who'd fallen to 9–6 with starter Dan Marino out for the year after Week Five and needing a win to make the playoffs. The Patriots led 10–7 at halftime and twice stopped the Dolphins on downs, but early in the third a Bledsoe fumble led to a Dolphins field goal. A blocked punt by the Dolphins' Darrell Malone led to a touchdown by Scott Mitchell to Mark Ingram. The game lead tied or changed five times in the fourth quarter. In the fourth the Dolphins completed a drive ending in a Terry Kirby touchdown run, this despite Andre Tippett's sack of Mitchell for a ten-yard loss – it was the 100th career sack for the future Hall Of Fame linebacker.
In the final 3:40 Bledsoe drove the Patriots down to a Ben Coates touchdown catch, but the Dolphins forced overtime on a Pete Stoyanovich field goal. In the overtime the Dolphins punted after Chris Slade forced a fumble, then Bledsoe was picked off by J.B. Brown before the Dolphins had to punt again. Vincent Brisby caught a ten-yard pass but fumbled; teammate Leonard Russell recovered the ball and ran 22 yards; Bledsoe then absorbed a Dolphins blitz and launched a 36-yard touchdown to Michael Timpson, ending a wild 33–27 Patriots win and finishing their season at 5–11, but with four straight wins to close it out.
|New England Patriots 1993 staff|
| Front Office
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|1||September 5, 1993||at Buffalo Bills||L 38–14|| |
|2||September 12, 1993||Detroit Lions||L 19–16 (OT)|| |
|3||September 19, 1993||Seattle Seahawks||L 17–14|| |
|4||September 26, 1993||at New York Jets||L 45–7|| |
|6||October 10, 1993||at Phoenix Cardinals||W 23–21|| |
|7||October 17, 1993||Houston Oilers||L 28–14|| |
|8||October 24, 1993||at Seattle Seahawks||L 10–9|| |
|9||October 31, 1993||at Indianapolis Colts||L 9–6|| |
|10||November 7, 1993||Buffalo Bills||L 13–10|| |
|12||November 21, 1993||at Miami Dolphins||L 17–13|| |
|13||November 28, 1993||New York Jets||L 6–0|| |
|14||December 5, 1993||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 17–14|| |
|15||December 12, 1993||Cincinnati Bengals||W 7–2|| |
|16||December 19, 1993||at Cleveland Browns||W 20–17|| |
|17||December 26, 1993||Indianapolis Colts||W 38–0|| |
|18||January 2, 1994||Miami Dolphins||W 33–27 (OT)|| |
|New York Jets||8||8||0||.500||270||247|
|New England Patriots||5||11||0||.313||238||286|
|New England Patriots 1993 roster|