1988 New England Patriots season

The 1988 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 19th season in the National Football League, the 29th overall and the 5th under head coach Raymond Berry, with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East Division. It would take until 1994 for the Patriots to record another winning record. As for this season, the Patriots briefly improved on its 8-7 record from 1987, winning one more game due to one game being cancelled the previous season. Despite the winning record, the Patriots did not reach the postseason. They finished tied for second place in the AFC East with the arch rival Colts, but finished in 3rd place because the Colts had a better record against common opponents than the Patriots did.

1988 New England Patriots season
Head coachRaymond Berry
General managerPatrick Sullivan
OwnerVictor Kiam
Home fieldSullivan Stadium
Local radioWHDH–AM 850
Results
Record9–7
Division placeT-2nd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB John Stephens
LB Johnny Rembert
LB Andre Tippett
AP All-ProsT Bruce Armstrong (2nd team)
LB Andre Tippett (2nd team)
Uniform
AFC-1988-1989-Uniform-NE
Brent Williams 1988
The Patriots playing against the Indianapolis Colts, circa 1988.

Personnel

Staff

1988 New England Patriots staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Raymond Berry
  • Assistant Head Coach-Offense – Rod Humenuik
  • Special Assistant to Head Coach – John Polonchek

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Dante Scarnecchia

Strength and conditioning

Roster

1988 New England Patriots roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

[1]

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 New York Jets W 28–3 1–0
44,027
2 September 11, 1988 at Minnesota Vikings L 36–6 1–1
55,545
3 September 18, 1988 Buffalo Bills L 16–14 1–2
55,945
4 September 25, 1988 at Houston Oilers L 31–6 1–3
38,646
5 October 2, 1988 Indianapolis Colts W 21–17 2–3
58,050
6 October 9, 1988 at Green Bay Packers L 45–3 2–4
51,932
7 October 16, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–21 3–4
59,969
8 October 23, 1988 at Buffalo Bills L 23–20 3–5
76,824
9 October 30, 1988 Chicago Bears W 30–7 4–5
60,821
10 November 6, 1988 Miami Dolphins W 21–10 5–5
60,840
11 November 13, 1988 at New York Jets W 14–13 6–5
48,358
12 November 20, 1988 at Miami Dolphins W 6–3 7–5
53,526
13 November 27, 1988 at Indianapolis Colts L 24–21 7–6
58,157
14 December 4, 1988 Seattle Seahawks W 13–7 8–6
59,086
15 December 11, 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10–7 9–6
39,889
16 December 17, 1988 at Denver Broncos L 21–10 9–7
70,910

Game summaries

Week 5

1 234Total
Colts 0 7010 17
• Patriots 0 7014 21

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Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills(2) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 329 237 L1
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 354 315 W1
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 250 284 L1
New York Jets 8 7 1 .531 3–5 6–7–1 372 354 W2
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 0–8 3–9 319 380 L1

See also

References

  1. ^ "1988 New England Patriots starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-19.
Scoring summary
Q2NEPerryman 1 yard run (Garcia kick)NE 7–0
Q2INDDickerson 1 yard run (Biasucci kick)Tie 7–7
Q4NEMorgan 26 yard pass from Flutie (Garcia kick)NE 14–7
Q4INDBiasucci 20 yard field goalNE 14–10
Q4INDBrooks 48 yard pass from Chandler (Biasucci kick)IND 17–14
Q4NEFlutie 13 yard run (Garcia kick)NE 21–17
Franchise
Stadiums
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Division championships (21)
Conference championships (11)
League championships (6)
Retired numbers
Media
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (60)

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