The New England Patriots season was the franchise's 15th season in the National Football League and 25th overall. The Patriots finished the season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished second in the AFC East Division.
Head coach Ron Meyer, who had coached the Patriots for the previous two seasons, was fired halfway through the season. Meyer had angered several of his players with public criticism. After a 44–22 loss to Miami in Week 8, Meyer fired popular defensive coordinator Rod Rust; Meyer himself was fired by Patriots management shortly thereafter.
The Patriots went outside the organization to hire Raymond Berry, who had been New England's receivers coach from 1978 to 1981 under coaches Chuck Fairbanks and Ron Erhardt. Berry had been working in the private sector in Medfield, Massachusetts, when the Patriots called him to replace Meyer. Berry's first order of business was to immediately rehire Rust.
Under Berry's leadership, the Patriots won four of their last eight games. Berry's importance to the team was reflected less in his initial win-loss record than in the respect he immediately earned in the locker room – "Raymond Berry earned more respect in one day than Ron Meyer earned in three years," according to running back Tony Collins.
|1984 New England Patriots season|
|Head coach||Ron Meyer|
|General manager||Patrick Sullivan|
|Home field||Sullivan Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||G John Hannah|
T Brian Holloway
LB Steve Nelson
LB Andre Tippett
|AP All-Pros||G John Hannah (2nd team)|
|New England Patriots 1984 staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|1||September 2, 1984||at Buffalo Bills||W 21–17||Steve Grogan threw two touchdowns|
|2||September 9, 1984||at Miami Dolphins||L 28–7|
|3||September 16, 1984||Seattle Seahawks||W 38–23||Patriots erased 23–0 gap|
|4||September 23, 1984||Washington Redskins||L 26–10||Tony Eason's first start|
|5||September 30, 1984||at New York Jets||W 28–21|
|6||October 7, 1984||at Cleveland Browns||W 17–16|
|7||October 14, 1984||Cincinnati Bengals||W 20–14|
|8||October 21, 1984||Miami Dolphins||L 44–24||Ron Meyer fired following game|
|9||October 28, 1984||New York Jets||W 30–20||Raymond Berry took over as coach|
|10||November 4, 1984||at Denver Broncos||L 26–19|
|11||November 11, 1984||Buffalo Bills||W 38–10|
|12||November 18, 1984||at Indianapolis Colts||W 50–17||First trip to Indianapolis|
|13||November 22, 1984||at Dallas Cowboys||L 20–17||Patriots' first Thanksgiving Day game|
|14||December 2, 1984||St. Louis Cardinals||L 33–10|
|15||December 9, 1984||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 27–17|
|16||December 16, 1984||Indianapolis Colts||W 16–10|
Behind two Steve Grogan touchdown throws, the Patriots raced to a 21–0 lead. They withstood a second-half Bills comeback attempt, and won 21–17.
The first home game of the season ended Grogan's season as he failed to complete any of his four passes and Kenny Easley ran back his interception for a 25-yard touchdown. The Seahawks scored three touchdowns marred by a missed PAT. Tony Eason replaced Grogan with six minutes left in the first half and in the final minute ran in a 25-yard touchdown. From there three Patriots backs rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Eason tossed scores to Derrick Ramsey and Irving Fryar while Dave Krieg of the Seahawks was bullied into two interceptions. The Patriots came back to win 38–23. The 23-point comeback was the largest in Patriots franchise history, a team record held until 2013.
|New York Jets at New England Patriots|
Raymond Berry's first game as Patriots' head coach.
|New England Patriots||9||7||0||.563||6–2||9–3||362||352||W1|
|New York Jets||7||9||0||.438||3–5||7–7||332||364||L1|
|New England Patriots 1984 roster|
|1||Jets||Pat Leahy 46-yard field goal||Jets 3–0|
|1||Jets||Rocky Klever 7-yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)||Jets 10–0|
|2||Patriots||Tony Franklin 20-yard field goal||Jets 10–3|
|2||Jets||Pat Leahy 18-yard field goal||Jets 13–3|
|2||Jets||Marion Barber 2-yard run (Pat Leahy kick)||Jets 20–3|
|2||Patriots||Tony Franklin 27-yard field goal||Jets 20–6|
|3||Patriots||Tony Franklin 47-yard field goal||Jets 20–9|
|3||Patriots||Craig James 25-yard run (Tony Franklin kick)||Jets 20–16|
|4||Patriots||Stephen Starring 5-yard pass from Tony Eason (Tony Franklin kick)||Patriots 23–20|
|4||Patriots||Tony Collins 4-yard run (Tony Franklin kick)||Patriots 30–20|
|Division championships (21)|
|Conference championships (11)|
|League championships (6)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold