The Perfect Season

By | Jan 14, 2008

It was 35 years ago on January 14, 1973 that the Miami Dolphins completed their undefeated season by defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7 at Super Bowl VII. They won all 14 of their regular season games and both of their Playoff games, first against the Cleveland Browns and then the Pittsburgh Steelers. They completed the year at 17-0.

This record would hold until this season when the New England Patriots completed the season winning all 16 of their regular season games and then their first playoff game. If they go on to win their next two games, the AFL Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers and the Super Bowl, they would join the Dolphins as the only NFL team to go a season undefeated

The only other teams in NFL history that has won more games in a season are the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears. Those teams went 18-1. The Bears only lost was a regular season game to the Miami Dolphins.  The 49ers lost came in week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Dolphins and Patriots are not the only NFL teams to win all of their regular season games. The Chicago Bears teams of 1934 and 1942 won all of their regular season games, but these teams failed to be perfect when they lost their championship games. The ’34 Bears lost to the New York Giants, while the ’42 team lost to the Washington Redskins.

The 1948 Cleveland Browns, then part of the All-American Football league won all 14 of their games as well as the Championship. Amazingly in all that team would win a total of 29 straight games beginning with the 1947 team, which also won the championship and into the 1949 season. In part due to the Browns success the two rival leagues merged after the 1949 season.

The Miami Dolphins would only win one additional game game in the following season before losing in week 2 to the Oakland Raiders. They would go 15-2 winning once again the Super Bowl. It was their 2nd Super Bowl win in 3 straight Super Bowl appearances.


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