The Miami Dolphins are the only NFL team in the Super Bowl era to notch a “Perfect Season.” They went 17-0 in 1972. However, the Dolphins’ quest was nearly dashed in the waning moments of Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins “D” had stymied the Washington Redskins for more three quarters. Then, with just over two minutes left in the game, Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian picked up a blocked field goal and inexplicably tried to throw a pass. It was battered around and eventually picked off by Redskins defensive back Mike Bass and returned for a touchdown. The score was now 14-7. The Redskins propelled the Dolphins to punt and got the ball back with 1:14 left in the game. The Redskins were a mere 64 yards away from tying the game. Was the Dolphins’ “Perfect Season” in jeopardy? Not really. The Dolphins defense stepped up and stopped the Redskins in four plays to claim the franchise’s first Super Bowl. They would win their second NFL championship the following year.
The Dolphins team of the early 1970s was coached by Don Shula. He retired after 26 years with the franchise and as the most successful head coach in NFL history. During his tenure he guided several Hall of Famers including Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and the great Dan Marino. The Dolphins are aligned in the AFC East with their rivals the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. “The Fins” play their home games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.