17. "Must Win"

What: Regular season vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Date: 12/22/1985

On the cusp of playoff contention, the Patriots were in a must-win season finale against the Bengals. New England was up by four late in the fourth quarter. Not wanting to give Boomer Esiason and the Bengals a chance for a comeback, the Patriots went for it on a crucial fourth down. The rarely used Patriot running back Robert Weathers busted a 42-yard touchdown to ice the game. The Patriots went to the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl.