Miami Dolphins
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Helmet Logo
League NFL.gif NFL
Conference AFC.png AFC
Division AFC East
Established 1966 (joined NFL in 1970)
Home field Hard Rock Stadium
City Miami Gardens, Florida
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Color White Alternate
Home Field
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1972 • 1973
Super Bowls
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1971 • 1972 • 1973
1982 • 1984
1971 • 1972 • 1973
1974 • 1979 • 1981
1983 • 1984 • 1985
1992 • 1994 • 2000

The Miami Dolphins is a professional football team based in Miami, Florida. They are members of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the AFC East division. Founded in 1966, the Dolphins have played home games at New Miami Stadium since 1987.

The Dolphins franchise began play in the American Football League (AFL) as an expansion team in 1966, then joined the NFL in 1970 when the AFL-NFL merger occurred. After losing in Super Bowl VI in 1971, the 1972 Dolphins team completed the NFL's first and only perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl VII win, winning all 17 games. The Dolphins also won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls.

In head-to-head games against the Green Bay Packers, the Dolphins hold the distinction as the best NFL franchise to beat the Packers in terms of winning percentage. Since 1971, in 13 head-to-head contests, the Dolphins hold a 10-3 lead, including having won the first nine meetings.

NFL.gif Team history[edit | edit source]

Founding[edit | edit source]

For the 1966 season, the American Football League (AFL) awarded an expansion team franchise to lawyer Joseph Robbie and actor Danny Thomas. A contest was held in 1965 to choose the name of the new Miami AFL franchise, which included names such as the Mariners, Marauders, Mustangs, Missiles, Moons, Sharks, and Suns. The winning name would turn out to be "Dolphins". Robbie said he liked the name because, "The dolphin is one of the fastest and smartest creatures in the sea".

The Dolphins would join the National Football League (NFL) in 1970 as part of the AFL-NFL merger between both the leagues.

Membership[edit | edit source]

League affiliations
AFL.png American Football League (1966-1969)
  • Eastern Division (1966–1969)
NFL.gif National Football League (1970-present)

Championships[edit | edit source]

The Miami Dolphins have won two Super Bowl championships, repeating as champions between 1972 and 1973 at Super Bowl VII and VIII, respectively.

Super Bowl VII[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl VII
Super Bowl VII.svg January 14, 1973
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California
Dolphins helmet.png Double arrow icon.png Miami Dolphins 14
Redskins helmet.png Washington Redskins 7
MVP: Jake Scott (S)

The 1972 Miami Dolphins capped the only perfect season in modern-era NFL history. Led by head coach Don Shula, the team went 14-0 in the regular season (prior to the extension of the regular season to 16 games in 1978 by the NFL), and won all three post-season games, including Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins, to finish 17–0. The win made the Dolphins, in their seventh season of existence, the quickest genuine expansion team to win a Super Bowl.

During the game, quarterback Bob Griese threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Howard Twilley, then a Nick Buoniconti interception set-up a 1-yard Jim Kiick run to make it 14-0 before halftime. The Dolphins' "No-Name Defense" forced four turnovers, including safety Jake Scott's second interception of the game, returning it 55 yards to clinch the game. Scott was the second defensive player to be named as the Super Bowl MVP.

Super Bowl VIII[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl VIII
Super Bowl VIII.svg January 13, 1974
Rice Stadium
Houston, Texas
Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings 7
Dolphins helmet.png Double arrow icon.png Miami Dolphins 24
MVP: Larry Csonka (FB)

The Dolphins entered the 1973 season in pursuit of reaching their third straight Super Bowl appearance, finishing the regular season with an AFC-best 12–2 record. The Dolphins cruised through the AFC playoffs, beating the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders on the way.

At Super Bowl VIII, the Dolphins defeated the Minnesota Vikings to win their second consecutive Super Bowl title, winning 24-7. The Dolphins dominated with their rushing attack, as Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick both scored rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to take an early 14-0 lead. After a field goal and second Csonka touchdown, the Dolphins put the Vikings away. Csonka was named Super Bowl MVP on 33 carries for 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
1984 Marino1.png Dan Marino 1984 Marino1.png Dan Marino 1973 Eckel1.png Dick Anderson 1972 Marino2.png Jake Scott
1983 Garner1.png Doug Betters 1973 Csonka1.png Larry Csonka
2006 Jason Taylor1.png Jason Taylor

Rivalry[edit | edit source]

Miami Dolphins vs. Green Bay Packers
Dolphins lead series 10–3
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
1971 Dec. 19 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 6–27 Orange Bowl 0–1 Football icon.png
1975 Oct. 5 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 7–31 Lambeau Field 0–2 Football icon.png
1979 Oct. 28 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 7–27 Orange Bowl 0–3 Football icon.png
1985 Dec. 8 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 24–34 Lambeau Field 0–4 Football icon.png
1988 Sep. 18 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 17–24 Joe Robbie Stadium* 0–5 Football icon.png
1989 Oct. 22 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 20–23 Joe Robbie Stadium* 0–6 Football icon.png
1991 Sep. 22 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 13–16 Joe Robbie Stadium* 0–7 Football icon.png
1994 Sep. 11 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 14–28 Milwaukee County Stadium 0–8 Football icon.png
1997 Sep. 14 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 23–18 Lambeau Field 1–8 Football icon.png
2000 Oct. 29 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 20–28 Pro Player Stadium* 1–9 Football icon.png
2002 Nov. 4 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 24–10 Lambeau Field 2–9 Football icon.png
2006 Oct. 22 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 34–24 Dolphin Stadium* 3–9 Football icon.png
2010 Oct. 17 Dolphins helmet.png Miami Dolphins L 21–24 Lambeau Field 3–10 Football icon.png
Note*: The Dolphins current stadium, Sun Life Stadium (since 1987), was previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium (1987–96), Pro Player Stadium (1997–2004), and Dolphin Stadium (2006-09).

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