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Ivory, Sam Cunningham, Andy Johnson, and quarterback Steve Grogan all rushed for more than 500 yards on a team that had an NFL-best 3,165 yards. Linebacker Steve Nelson and cornerback Mike Haynes led the defense. In a wild twist near the end of the season, coach Chuck Fairbanks was working on a deal to coach the University of Colorado. Owner Billy Sullivan suspended Fairbanks, and Ron Erhardt and Hank Bullough coached the last game against the Dolphins. After some legal wrangling, Fairbacks was back on the sidelines for a 31-14 loss to the Houston Oilers in the Patriots' first home playoff game ever.