On Sunday, November 13th, 1994, the 3-6 New England Patriots welcomed in the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings to Foxboro Stadium. The game was surprisingly good, considering the difference in the records of the two teams, but it was especially memorable for the performance Drew Bledsoe turned in.
Bledsoe was in his second season and had already proven he had quite the arm. The game started out with the Vikings going up 7-0 thanks to a two yard touchdown run by Terry Allen. Fuad Reveiz would add a 40 yard field goal and that would be the end of the first quarter. The Vikings would strike big in the second quarter when quarterback Warren Moon hit Qadry Ismail for a 65 yard touchdown. Reveiz would add a 33 yard field goal later in the quarter to go up 20-0 before Patriots kicker Matt Bahr was able to get his team on the board before halftime with a 38 yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Bledsoe would hit Ray Crittenden for a 31 yard touchdown to pull within ten points to start the final period. That last quarter’s scoring would start off with a five yard pass from Drew Bledsoe to Leroy Thompson for a touchdown to make it 20-17 in favor of the Vikings. Bahr would add a 23 yard field goal before the end of regulation to make the game 20-20 and send it to overtime. In the overtime period, the Patriots would strike first when Bledsoe found Kevin Turner on a 14 yard touchdown pass to win the game.
Drew Bledsoe had engineered a come from behind victory after the Patriots had fallen behind 20-0 early in the game to win by the final score of 26-20. In the process, he put up a very impressive stat line that included a new record for the number of passes attempted in a game. He completed 45 passes that day on 70 attempts for 426 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Of note: Three different Patriots receivers that day had double digit receptions. Leroy Thompson had 11, while Michael Timpson and Ben Coates each had 10.
Not bad at all.