NFL Perfect Season: Relive Miami Dolphins’ Perfect 1972 Season

Suyash Deep Sinha
|Published 24/10/2022

The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to have a Perfect season. Don Shula’s team went 14-0 in the regular season.

The Miami Dolphins are 4-3 at the moment. After losing three games in a row, they finally won their fourth game of the season against the Steelers, but starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is still out after suffering a scary concussion in the Dolphins’ 27-15 loss to the Bengals on Sept. 29.

However, there was a time when the Miami Dolphins had a perfect season. The Dolphins were the only undefeated team in NFL in 1972. The Patriots came close to joining them after going undefeated in the regular season in 2007, but the Giants defeated them 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.

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Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season

Don Shula, Dolphins’ third-year head coach, led them to the only perfect campaign in NFL history. In terms of both points scored and points allowed, they were also league leaders.

The Dolphins are one of just seven teams in NFL history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season, and the first to do so in a 14-game schedule. Csonka carried for 1,117 yards throughout the season, while Mercury Morris gained 1,000 yards.

In that NFL that season, the Dolphins were ranked first in scoring offence, scoring defence, total offence, and total defence. They are still the only team in NFL history to have dominated all four categories in the same season, even after 50 years.

Six members of that team have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including linebacker Nick Buoniconti, running back Larry Csonka, quarterback Bob Griese, centres Jim Langer and Larry Little, guards Larry Little and Paul Warfield, as well as coach Don Shula and player personnel director Bobby Beathard.

President Barack Obama honoured the 1972 team at the White House in 2013.

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About the author
Suyash Deep Sinha

Suyash Deep Sinha

Suyash Deep Sinha is an NFL writer and sports enthusiast who is always watching and thinking about sports, particularly NFL and cricket. He began watching NFL in high school and became interested after learning that several WWE superstars are somehow connected to NFL. He is also a theatre actor, writer, and movie buff who enjoys trekking and dancing and is a proactive person. He enjoys horseback riding and cooking in his spare time. Reading is also one of his favorite pastimes.

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