"Super Bowl Betting History – Underdogs on Recent Roll", "Historical Super Bowl Nielsen TV Ratings, 1967–2009 – Ratings", Thompson, Hunter S. "Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl (1974),", "Super Bowl VIII–National Football League Game Summary", "Only Wanna Be with You" (Hootie & the Blowfish song), National Football League championship games, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Super_Bowl_VIII&oldid=988967181, January 1974 sports events in the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Csonka 2-yard touchdown run, Yepremian kick good, Highest average gain, career (20 attempts). I thought, 'no, I don't ever want to feel this way again.'". Midway through the following season Summerall would take Scott's place as the network's lead play-by-play announcer, holding that position through 1993, when CBS lost rights to the NFC television package to Fox. "If it's less than a yard, we go for it", he said. "When I first met him, I went to his press conference because I was here the year he came. We decided to emphasize negative influence by misdirection and cross blocking, trying to make the Vikings Front Four commit to the influence of the play and then actually running it elsewhere. One mistake can derail a possession, a game and ultimately, an entire season. Then later in the game we found that the Vikings started hesitating, reducing their charge. Miami got the ball back at their 10-yard line with 6:24 left in the game, and Csonka and Kiick were the ball carriers on all 12 remaining plays. 5Times targeted. This was the first Super Bowl in which a former AFL franchise was the favorite. Teams played us tough but we managed to win [them all] one way or another.". Esta página se editó por última vez el 25 sep 2020 a las 02:34. Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page and Dolphins left guard Bob Kuechenberg were former teammates at the University of Notre Dame. (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VI were played on Poly-Turf, another brand of artificial turf. Copyright @ 2020 Miami Dolphins Ltd., All rights reserved. "They called [Washington] the over-the-hill gang. As they had the two previous Super Bowls, the Dolphins won the coin toss and elected to receive. The Vikings' other loss was a 27-0 shutout in Week 12 to the eventual AFC Central Division Champion Cincinnati Bengals, whom the Dolphins defeated in the AFC divisional playoffs. The Dolphins were on the cusp of a championship the year prior, Shula's second season in Miami. It has since been tied by the Oakland Raiders against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV (led 14-0) and the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV (led 14-0). La victoria fue de los Miami Dolphins que se impusieron por 14-7 y de esta forma consiguieron su primer título de Super Bowl en su segunda visita a este juego, ya que habían perdido un año antes la Super Bowl VI. Super Bowl VII in Pasadena, CA will forever be remembered as the day the town of Perfectville opened its gates, but that day was the culmination of two years of hard work. Minnesota's offense was led by 13-year veteran quarterback Fran Tarkenton. The Minnesota defense was again anchored by a defensive line nicknamed the "Purple People Eaters", consisting of defensive tackles Gary Larsen and Alan Page, and defensive ends Jim Marshall and Carl Eller. The following records were set or tied in Super Bowl VIII, according to the official NFL.com boxscore and the ProFootball reference.com game summary. 4Receptions In the Dolphins' locker room after the game, Csonka was asked about his battered face. For instance, Super Bowl LIV was played in 2020, but was the championship for the 2019 season. En el segundo cuarto Jim Kiick con una carrera de una yarda pondría el resultado 14-0 para los Dolphins que se adelantaron de sorpresa y no dejaron ir dicha ventaja en lo que restaba del partido. The Vikings responded as we anticipated. Entertainment was provided by The La France Sisters and Charley Pride. "So that was in our favor. If the NFL's playoff scheduling wouldn't do the undefeated Dolphins any favors, then Mother Nature certainly did. Future Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti recovered three fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. El partido se disputó el 14 de enero de 1973 en el estadio Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum de la ciudad de Los Ángeles, California y enfrentó al campeón de la AFC los Miami Dolphins y al campeón de la NFC los Washington Redskins. The practices were grueling, the conditioning was demanding, but the results were rewarding. Defensive Coordinator Bill Arnsparger was known for his innovation. The Vikings earned their second appearance in the Super Bowl after defeating the wild card Washington Redskins, 27–20, and the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys, 27–10, in the playoffs. We have enhanced health and safety measures for fans and staff attending games this season. Gilliam returned the second half kickoff 65 yards, but a clipping penalty on the play moved the ball all the way back to the Minnesota 11-yard line. We'd hear Alan [Page] cussing because those negative-influence plays were just driving him nuts. Little, a member of the 1970's NFL All-Decade team, know he had to get on his horse in order to carve a path for the diminutive Mercury Morris. Until the late 1970s, the NFL permitted striped footballs for night games, indoor games and other special situations. While the 1972 team faced no competition that possessed a record better than 8–6 in the regular season, the 1973 team played a much tougher schedule that included games against the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys (all playoff teams), plus two games against a resurgent Buffalo Bills squad that featured 2,000-yard rusher O.J. About the decision to run with Reed on three straight plays, Grant defended the decision since the Vikes twice had converted in the NFC title game against Dallas. Miami, at 15-0, traveled to Three Rivers Stadium to take on the 12-3 Pittsburgh Steelers on an unusually balmy winter afternoon. Note: A seven-official system was not used until the 1978 season. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. The team's primary deep threat was Pro Bowl wide receiver John Gilliam, who caught 42 passes for 907 yards, an average of 21.6 yards per catch, and scored eight touchdowns. De esta forma la Super Bowl VII terminaba 14-7 a favor de los Miami Dolphins quienes ganaban su primer título de Super Bowl. This was also the first Super Bowl played in a stadium that was not the current home to an NFL or AFL team, as no team had called Rice Stadium home since the Houston Oilers moved into the Astrodome in 1968. The Vikings' offensive line was also very talented, led by right tackle Ron Yary and six-time Pro Bowl center Mick Tingelhoff. Also, the Dolphins wore two slightly different helmet decals; some had the decal that the team would adopt in 1974 (mostly linemen; with the mascot dolphin leaping through the sun), while others had the 1966–1973 decal (with the mascot dolphin halfway through the sun). He asked Csonka, who said "two." "We go into Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship Game on New Year's Eve, and it's 68 degrees," Little said. McDuffie, details win No. Griese, Csonka, Warfield, Langer, Nick Buoniconti and Little would all eventually be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There were reports of dissension among the Dolphins arising from owner Joe Robbie's decision to allow married players to bring their wives at the club's expense. The Vikings also finished the regular season with a 12–2 record, winning their first nine games before a 20-14 loss on Monday Night Football to the Atlanta Falcons. , Jim Langer wrote that at halftime, "We definitely knew that this game was over.". McDuffie to break down the Dolphins Jaguars games of old, Seven-time pro-bowler and two-time All-Pro Richmond Webb discusses the back-and-forth rivalry of the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills in the 1990's. It was Griese's last pass of the game, his only pass of the second half and just the seventh overall, and only Warfield's second, and last, catch of the game. But on the next two plays, Vikings running back Oscar Reed gained only one yard on two rushes, bringing up a fourth-down-and-one with less than a minute left in the half. Griese bobbled the ball slightly, but still managed to get it to Csonka. The situation never got much better for the Vikings the rest of the game. Times were different in 1972. "1974 Super Bowl" redirects here. Miami's two Super Bowls were the product of a stretch of games in which the Dolphins posted an unprecedented mark of 32 wins and just two losses. The halftime show also featured the Longhorn Band, along with Judy Mallett, Miss Texas 1973, playing the fiddle, in a tribute to American music titled "A Musical America". Super Bowl VIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Minnesota Vikings and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Miami Dolphins to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1973 season. The NFL awarded Super Bowl VIII to Houston on March 21, 1972 at the owners' meetings held in Honolulu. The Dolphins were the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls. On television before the game, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath said, "If Miami gets the kickoff and scores on the opening drive, the game is over.".  This was also the first Super Bowl not to be held in either the Los Angeles, Miami or New Orleans areas. Just like the two previous seasons, Miami's offense relied primarily on its rushing attack. The Vikings advanced only as far as their own 27-yard line. The Dolphins would not win another playoff game until 1982, and they have not won a Super Bowl since. In 1974, however, their offense was hurt by injuries to Csonka and the offensive line, and the defense was hurt by the departure of defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger who became the New York Giants head coach. The Vikings had four other significant running backs – Dave Osborn, Bill Brown, Oscar Reed and Ed Marinaro – who combined for 1,469 rushing/receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. (Because of his hamstring injury, Warfield had earlier been limping through primarily decoy routes.)  The Dolphins set the record which still stands for the largest Super Bowl lead (14 points) at the end of the first quarter. Tarkenton's eight-yard run on first down then advanced the ball to the 7-yard line. 2 – From 1966 to 1969, the first four Super Bowls were "World Championship" games played between two independent professional football leagues, AFL and NFL, and when the league, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 08:27. Coach Don Shula wrote, "In the case of Tarkenton we wanted to hem him in. Tarkenton set what was then a Super Bowl record for completions, 18 out of 28 for 182 yards, with one interception, and rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown. We kept ripping huge holes into their defense and Csonka kept picking up good yardage, especially to the right. Miami then marched 43 yards in eight plays to score on Csonka's two-yard touchdown run through Hilgenberg to increase their lead to 24–0 with almost nine minutes left in the third quarter. On the first play of the drive, Minnesota was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on linebacker Wally Hilgenberg. Two plays later, Tarkenton was sacked for a six-yard loss by defensive tackle Manny Fernandez on third down, forcing Minnesota to punt from their own 7-yard line. (The Kansas City Chiefs had used similar tactics against the same Vikings defensive line in Super Bowl IV). La Super Bowl VII es el nombre que se le dio al partido de fútbol americano que definió al campeón de la temporada 1972-73 de la NFL. The game was played on January 13, 1974 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. Houston was the first Super Bowl host to have more than a year to prepare for the game, and lead time has grown greatly in succeeding years (Los Angeles was also awarded Super Bowl VII at the March 1972 meeting). I walked up to him [and introduced myself]. The 1970 AFC champion Baltimore Colts had been the favorite in Super Bowl V, but they were an original NFL franchise prior the 1970 merger. Wrote Jim Langer, "We just hit the Vikings defense so hard and so fast that they didn't know what hit them. Marlin Briscoe added 30 receptions for 447 yards and 2 scores. Dan Marino's triumphant return as told by Irivng Fryar, who scored three touchdowns against his former team. Simpson. They said the locker room was cramped, uncarpeted, had no lockers and that most of the shower heads did not work. Matheson could either rush the passer or drop back into coverage. " First, Dolphins defensive back Jake Scott gave his team good field position by returning the opening kickoff 31 yards to the Miami 38-yard line. It was also the first Super Bowl game played on the then-popular AstroTurf artificial playing surface, not surprising since Houston's Astrodome was the first facility to install AstroTurf in 1966. They were also depending on defensive ends Bill Stanfill and Vern Den Herder to contain Tarkenton's scrambling. "We had a play called P10 Express," Little said on the Drive Time Podcast. This was the first rushing touchdown by a quarterback in Super Bowl history. Jim Langer ended his career with the Vikings in 1981, allowing him to play for the franchise closest to his native South Dakota. La Super Bowl VII es el nombre que se le dio al partido de fútbol americano que definió al campeón de la temporada 1972-73 de la NFL. Later, country music singer Charley Pride sang "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem. [There was] no way I'd let a [defensive back] take me on, head on, and get away with it. But if we didn't win those next three games, we would not accomplish our goal of winning the Super Bowl. 2Carries The NFL postseason is the ultimate pressure cooker. Super Bowl VIII was largely dominated by the Dolphins, who scored 24 unanswered points during the first three quarters, including two touchdowns on their first two drives. Csonka then finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown run. Griese chose to believe Csonka, which was a mistake; it was "one." "Mercury was fast as hell so I had to get out there in front of him.". Minnesota's best chance to threaten Miami occurred with less than a minute left in the first half, but Vikings running back Oscar Reed fumbled the ball away at the Dolphins' 6-yard line, and his team was unable to overcome Miami's lead in the second half. Fullback Larry Csonka recorded his third consecutive 1,000-rushing-yard season (1,003 yards), while running back Mercury Morris rushed for 954 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. For Hall of Fame right guard Larry Little, that pressure was nearly non-existent. The first thing he asked me was 'how much do you weigh?' "We never spoke about [going undefeated] during the season," Little said. Paul Warfield entered the game with a well-publicized hamstring injury to his left leg. This was the only Super Bowl in which the game ball had stripes. "I don't think our players have seen anything like this since junior high school", said Vikings head coach Bud Grant. Minnesota recovered the ensuing onside kick, but an offsides penalty on the Vikings nullified the play, and they subsequently kicked deep. † This category includes rushing, receiving, interception returns, punt returns, kickoff returns, and fumble returns. Bobby Beathard was also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's normally in the 10's or 20's.". Tight end Stu Voigt was the top receiver of the game with three catches for 46 yards. They posted a 12–2 record during the regular season, then defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs. This was the first time the Super Bowl venue was not home to that of an NFL franchise. The Vikings then had their best opportunity to score in the first half on their ensuing drive. He came right at me and threw an elbow right through my mask. The Vikings then mounted a 10-play, 57-yard drive, with Tarkenton completing 5 passes for 43 yards, including a 15-yarder to Voigt on 3rd-and-8, and taking the ball into the end zone himself six plays into the 4th quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run. Later in the drive, Mercury Morris ran for 10 yards on a 3rd down play from the Minnesota 40-yard line to allow Miami to get into field goal range. However, Reed lost the ball while being tackled by linebacker Nick Buoniconti, and Scott recovered the fumble. I could see the game meant something to him.". The Vikings might have had the drive held to a field goal attempt when Morris lost 8 yards on a third-and-4 play from the Minnesota 5, but Hilgenberg was called for holding, giving Miami an automatic first down at the 8. Alan Page later said he knew we would dominate them after only the first couple of plays.". Head linesman Leo Miles was the first African-American to officiate in a Super Bowl. Eight plays later, the Vikings reached the Miami 32-yard line. Herskowitz, Mickey, "Purple People Eaten by Dolphins". Running back Jim Kiick was also a key contributor, rushing for 257 yards and catching 27 passes for 208 yards. The Dolphins only mistake of the day, a botched field goal attempt, resulted in Washington's lone score as the offense went back to work with a punishing ground game. But the linebacker ran out of the picture, so next thing I know here's [Larry] Csonka running the ball, so I slowed up because no way [Csonka] would ever catch me. Safety Dick Anderson led the team with eight interceptions, which he returned for 163 yards and two touchdowns on route to winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Además los Miami Dolphins son el único equipo que ha ganado el título de la NFL en forma invicta con un récord de 17-0. This was Scott's final telecast for CBS. The Dolphins were on the cusp of a championship the year prior, Shula's second season in Miami. The Vikings were making their second Super Bowl appearance after also finishing the regular season with a 12–2 record, and posting postseason victories over the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. The Dolphins defeated the Vikings by the score of 24–7 to win their second consecutive Super Bowl, the first team to do so since the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowls I and II, and the first AFL/AFC team to do so. Jake Scot fue elegido como el jugador más valioso por sus 2 interceptaciones. This game marked the first time that "America the Beautiful" was performed before a Super Bowl game. Nothing about playing for Don Shula was easy. El partido se disputó el 14 de enero de 1973 en el estadio Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum de la ciudad de Los Ángeles, California y enfrentó al campeón de la AFC los Miami Dolphins y al campeón de la NFC los Washington Redskins. Instead of kicking a field goal, Minnesota attempted to convert the fourth down with another running play by Reed. Reed was the leading rusher for the Vikings, but with just 32 yards. No way we were going to let old men win that game on Super Bowl Sunday.". Miami went three-and-out, but Seiple boomed a 57-yard punt and Minnesota got the ball back at its own 3-yard line. Learn more about what to expect at Hard Rock Stadium in 2020. When I got the reporting date letter, it said my reporting weight would be 265. "I could always run," Little said of his exceptional blocking out in space on Miami's famed toss sweeps. Quarterback Bob Griese, the AFC's second-leading passer, completed only 116 passes for 1,422 yards, but threw more than twice as many touchdown passes (17) as interceptions (8), and earned an 84.3 passer rating. Wide receiver Paul Warfield remained the main deep threat on the team, catching 29 passes for 514 yards and 11 touchdowns. Every game features a turning point where the end-result becomes evident. Miami's seven pass attempts were the fewest ever thrown by a team in the Super Bowl. "The center and myself would exchange blocks; he would block back and I would pull around and block the linebacker. The Dolphins picked up 2 first downs by rush and 2 by penalty on Minnesota in running out the clock. The Dolphins, however, made the stop where the Cowboys had not. The practice field had no blocking sleds. La victoria fue de los Miami Dolphinsque se impusieron por 14-7 (menor cantidad de puntos anotados en un Super Bowl) y de esta forma consiguier… After each team traded punts early in the second period, Miami mounted a seven-play drive starting from their own 35-yard line, culminating in a 28-yard field goal from kicker Garo Yepremian to make the score 17–0 midway through the second quarter. I told him I was at 285 and he walked away [without] saying a word. The Vikings' main rushing weapon was NFL Rookie of the Year running back Chuck Foreman, who rushed for 801 yards, caught 37 passes for 362 yards and scored six touchdowns. From there, Csonka carried twice to a score. With their 32–2 record over two years, the still-young Dolphins appeared to have established a dynasty. La Super Bowl VII empezó con un claro dominio de ambas defensas, aunque la de los Dolphins fue mejor ya que Jake Scott interceptó en 2 ocasiones al mariscal de los Redskins Billy Kilmer. He also rushed for 202 yards and another touchdown. Then Mercury Morris ran right for four yards, Larry Csonka crashed through the middle for two, and quarterback Bob Griese completed a 13-yard pass to tight end Jim Mandich to advance the ball to the Vikings 43-yard line. It was attended by the players, the coaches, media, and celebrities. Cuando terminaba el primer cuarto Howard Twilley atrapó un pase de 28 yardas lanzado por Bob Griese. Just as in the regular season, Miami relied primarily on their run game in the playoffs, racking up 241 rushing yards against Cincinnati and 266 vs the Raiders. Miami rolled up a 14-point lead with just over two minutes to play in the game.  Indeed, the Dolphins became the first team to score a touchdown after receiving the game's opening kickoff. Csonka then ran on second down for 16 yards, then Griese completed a six-yard pass to receiver Marlin Briscoe to the 21-yard line. "It stuck with us," Little said about the lopsided loss to the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. Miami's "No Name Defense" continued to dominate their opponents. In the case of Page, Eller and company, we wanted to try to turn their aggressiveness to our advantage. When they did that, we beat them with straight blocking.". The Dolphins' Larry Csonka became the first running back to be named Super Bowl MVP; both his 145 rushing yards and his 33 carries were Super Bowl records. "We feel we have the plays to make it." The Dolphins defeated the Vikings by the score of 24–7 to win their second consecutive Super Bowl, the first team to do so since the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowls I and II, and the first AFL/AFC team to do so. The 1972 Dolphins carried that pressure not just through the playoffs, but each week providing a chance for the opposition to spoil an unblemished record. Griese finished the game with just six out of seven pass completions for 73 yards. When I lost that weight, it actually made me a better football player.". He became the first quarterback to start three Super Bowls and is joined by Jim Kelly and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to start at least three consecutive Super Bowls. https://es.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Super_Bowl_VII&oldid=129537788, Eventos deportivos celebrados en el estado de California, Licencia Creative Commons Atribución Compartir Igual 3.0. "I felt we were disrespected," Little said. Times were certainly different back then, but one fact remains true in the 100-year history of the NFL â Perfectville's population remains at one. 1 – Dates in the list denote the season, not necessarily the calendar year in which the championship game was played. Leo Miles was the first African-American to officiate in a Super Bowl. Super Bowl VIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference champion Minnesota Vikings and the American Football Conference champion Miami Dolphins to decide the National Football League champion for the 1973 season. "When I lost those 20 pounds, a cornerback or safety trying to take me on was like suicide. "I had to get out there fast because I was pulling for Mercury," Little said. The Dolphins dominated the Vikings right from the beginning, scoring touchdowns on two 10-play drives in the first quarter. Kiick said, "No, it's one." So I slowed up and he ran right by me. In 1975 Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield left to join the World Football League. Famed "Gonzo" writer Hunter S. Thompson covered the game for Rolling Stone magazine, and his exploits in Houston are legendary.. Miami prevailed with its 16th consecutive victory, needing only one more win to claim football's ultimate prize. 347 for another in Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula, Ronnie Brown's touchdown with eight seconds to play propels the Dolphins to victory over the rival New York Jets in 2009, The former Dolphins tight end talks his time in Miami, the tumultuous 2004 campaign and the gratifying win over San Francisco from that season, Former Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano breaks down the Dolphins 24-21 in over the Seahawks in 2012, We welcome the hosts of the Fish Tank Podcast Seth Levit and O.J. Today, 265-pound offensive lineman do not exist. 3Long gain The game was televised in the United States by CBS with play-by-play announcer Ray Scott and color commentators Pat Summerall and Bart Starr.  Some records have to meet NFL minimum number of attempts to be recognized. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. Without naming Hilgenberg, he said, "It was a cheap shot, but an honest cheap shot. The conference title game's location was not based on record superiority, an unbeaten team could somehow enter the Super Bowl as underdogs and perfection was a possibility â for one team, at least. The Dolphins' winning streak ended in Week 2 with a 12–7 loss to the Raiders in Berkeley, California. ), The Vikings complained about their practice facilities at Houston ISD's Delmar Stadium, a 20-minute bus ride from their hotel. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. During the regular season, Tarkenton completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,113 yards, 15 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Super Bowl VII in Pasadena, CA will forever be remembered as the day the town of Perfectville opened its gates, but that day was the culmination of two years of hard work. The single players were reportedly angry that they could not bring their girlfriends, mothers or sisters. Although the Dolphins were unable to match their 17–0 perfect season of 1972, many sports writers, fans and Dolphins players themselves felt that the 1973 team was better. This was the Dolphins' third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. For the Super Bowl that was played at the completion of the 1974 season, see, The NFL would continue on a New Orleans/Miami/Los Angeles (Pasadena) rotation until. The ground game was particularly crucial against Oakland, as it enabled them to win despite completing just 3 of 6 passes for 34 yards in the game.  On the scoring play, Griese forgot the snap count at the line of scrimmage. The Vikings' lethargic performance was very similar to their performance in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. He didn't know what the hell to do. I took a lot of pride in what I was doing.". Little attributes significant credit for his career to the legendary coach. "The only time we felt pressure was the last game of the regular season to get to 14-0. The Dolphins rushed for 196 yards, did not have any turnovers, and were not penalized in the first 52 minutes. Turnovers are defined as the number of times losing the ball on interceptions and fumbles. "That was a terrible feeling that day. The Longhorn Band from the University of Texas at Austin performed during the pregame festivities. Then after forcing Minnesota to punt after three plays, the Dolphins went 56 yards in 10 plays (aided with three runs by Csonka for eight, 12, and eight yards, and Griese's 13-yard pass to Briscoe) to score on running back Jim Kiick's one-yard run (his only touchdown of the season) to give them a 14–0 lead. Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Dolphins finished 11–3 but lost a dramatic playoff game ("The Sea of Hands") to the Oakland Raiders. Kim Bokamper looks back on the 1981 and 1982 playoff games against the San Diego Chargers and sweet, sweet revenge, The Dolphins franchise record for points scored in a game (55) was set 43 years ago on Thanksgiving Day against the St. Louis Cardinals, One Dolphins legend, wide receiver O.J.