Sunday afternoon at Gillette, the Pats will look to earn their sixth consecutive victory against the Arizona Cardinals. It's a mildly impressive streak that dates back to the early '90s when the Cardinals played in Phoenix, not Arizona and it gives me a fantastic excuse to fire up the Box Score Bank.
So, let's all take a trip back to . . . October 10, 1993
Jurassic Park was No. 1 at the Box Office. "Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey was in the midst of its eight-week run atop the Billboard charts. A few months before (July 27) Microsoft launched it's first version of Windows. Bill Belichick was in his third season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Chandler Jones was 3 . . .
And over at Sun Devil Stadium, the great Scott Secules was playing hero for the Pats
Final Score: New England 23, Phoenix 21
This victory is wildly important in the annals of Patriots history for a few reasons.
1. After an 0-4 start, it marked the first win of Bill Parcells' Patriots career.
2. Technically, it marked the first win of Drew Bledsoe's Patriots career.
3. It's the only time in Patriots history that Scott Secules threw a pass to Kevin Turner, who, in turn, lateraled the ball to Leonard Russell for an 82-yard gain.
Anyway, here's what happened: Bledsoe started the game, and had the Pats within striking distance (14-13), before exiting in the second half with a strained knee. (He would miss the next four weeks.) Bledsoe's replacement? The aforementioned Secules, who joined the Pats that season after three years of backing up Dan Marino in Miami.
The Cardinals led 21-16 with about five minutes left in the game, when Secules found Turner in the flat for a 12-yard gain. Before he was tackled, KT flipped the ball to a surging Russell, who broke free for 69 yards and trucked all the way down to the 2.
With 3:56 left, Secules found Big Ben Coates in the end zone for a game-winning score, thus writing the first chapter in nearly 20 years worth of Patriots dominance over the ArizonaPhoeniz Cardinals.
And it all started with Secules-to-Turner-to-Russell.