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The New England Patriots are one of the most popular teams in the NFL. They began play as the Boston Patriots in the old American Football League of the 1960’s. They had an up and down history until things started turning around for them in the mid 1990’s. Their multiple Super Bowl victories in the 2000’s have sealed them as one of the dominant franchises of the era.
The NFL added overtime as a part of regular season play in 1974. Due to the fact that the first team to score in overtime wins, most overtime games are decided by a field goal. Through the 2009 season, the Patriots have scored four overtime touchdowns during their history. Here is a look at when and how they happened.
Overtime was added to the NFL regular season in 1974, but it took 17 years before the Patriots would score one. Then, in a December game against the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Hugh Millen would find wide receiver Michael Timpson on a 45 yard passing play for the difference maker in a 23-17 win.
The team’s second ever overtime touchdown would come in 1994 when Drew Bledsoe would hook up with running back Kevin Turner for a 14 yard score. This game the Patriots a 26-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Less than two months after their second overtime touchdown, the Patriots would get a third as wide receiver Michael Timpson scored the second of his career on a 36 yard pass from Bledsoe, giving the team a 33-27 win over the Miami Dolphins.
The Miami Dolphins were the victims of the next Patriots overtime touchdown as well. This one was the most dramatic so far as it was an 82 yard pass from Tom Brady to Troy Brown that was good for a 19-13 win.
-Michael Timpson is the only Patriots player to score two overtime touchdowns.
-Drew Bledsoe is the only Patriots player to throw two overtime touchdown passes.
-The shortest overtime touchdown in team history is Kevin Turner’s 14 yarder, the longest is Troy Brown’s 82 yarder.
-Even though the team has only scored four overtime touchdowns, half of them have been against the rival Miami Dolphins.
-The first three overtime touchdowns in team history were all on the road, it wasn’t until the Brady to Brown score that they finally did it on the road.