NFL Super Bowl VII: Dolphins 14 Redskins 7
The Dolphins Defeat the Redskins 14-7 to win Super Bowl VII, Dolphins Safety Jake Scott named MVP
The Miami Dolphins completed the only perfect season in NFL history — 17 games without a loss — by defeating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII 14 to 7.
Two other NFL teams before the Miami Dolphins had finished a regular season undefeated, but both, the 1934 and 1942 Chicago Bears lost in NFL Championship Games. Since 1972, only one team, the 2007 New England Patriots went through the regular season undefeated, but lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
The Dolphins played virtually perfect football in the first half as Miami's "No-Name Defense" permitted the Redskins to cross midfield only once (only four times overall) and their offense turned good field position into two touchdowns.
On its third possession, Miami opened its first scoring drive from the Dolphins' 37 yard line. An 18-yard pass from Bob Griese to Paul Warfield preceded by three plays Griese's 28-yard touchdown pass to Howard Twilley.
After Washington moved from its 17 to the Miami 48 with two minutes remaining in the first half, Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti intercepted Billy Kilmer's pass at the Miami 41 and returned it to the Washington 27.
Jim Kiick ran for three yards, Larry Csonka for three, Griese passed to Jim Mandich for 19, and Kiick gained one to the 1-yard line. With 18 seconds left until intermission, Kiick scored from the one.
Washington's only touchdown came with 2:07 left in the game and resulted from a misplayed field-goal attempt and forward pass attempt by kicker Garo Yepremian, with the Redskins' Mike Bass picking the ball out of the air and running 49 yards for the touchdown. It was the longest period in a Super Bowl for one team to be held scoreless.
Suprisingly, the Redskins did not attempt an onside kick. The Redskins were forced to use up all of their timeouts on the Dolphins ensuing possession and after five plays forced the Miami Dolphins to punt from their own 36-yard line with 1:14 remaining in the game. After nearly blocking the punt, the Redskins gave themselves a chance to drive for the tying touchdown. However, the Dolphins defense forced two incompletions and a 4-yard loss on a swing pass, followed by defensive end Bill Stanfill's 9-yard sack on fourth down as time expired to end the game.
After losing to the Dallas Cowboys 24-3 in Super Bowl VI the previous year, the Dolphins bounced back emphatically despite losing quarterback Bob Griese for much of the season due to a leg injury.
The Miami Dolphins accomplished their perfect season due to dominance in two key facets. On defense, the Dolphins were led by the "No Name Defense", a suffocating group led by middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, defensive tackle Manny Fernandez, and safeties Jake Scott and Dick Anderson. On offense, the Dolphins utilized a punishing ground attack, led by Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, both of whom gained over 1,000 yards rushing on the season. This marked the first time in NFL history that two teammates rushed for over 1,000 yards each in the same season.
After going 14-0 during the regular season, the Dolphins had to come from behind to defeat the Cleveland Browns 20-14, and then, barely defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 in the AFC Championship.
The Washington Redskins won the NFC East by ending the regular season with an 11-3 record. The Redskins were led by their colorful coach George Allen. Allen built the Redskins with veterans primarily and thus was born the nickname "The Over the Hill Gang."
In the playoffs, the Redskins easily defeated the Green Bay Packers in the first round 16-3, and then decimated their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, 26-3 in the NFC Championship Game.
The combination of the Redskins strong playoff performance versus the Dolphins narrow playoff escapes coupled with an easy regular season schedule had many favoring the Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
SUPER BOWL VII MVP : Jake Scott S Miami Dolphins
Dolphins safety Jake Scott had two interceptions including one in the end zone during the fourth quarter. That interception and his 55-yard return iced the game for the Miami Dolphins.
Miami's "No-Name Defense" was one of the big reasons the Dolphina achieved that perfect record, so it was only fitting that one of its members won the Most Valuable Player award in Super Bowl VII.
Safety Jake Scott became only the second defensive player to win the Super Bowl MVP.
Super Bowl VII
|SUPER BOWL VII SCORING||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Final|
MIA Twilley 28 pass from Griese (Yepremian kick),14:59
MIA Kiick 1 run (Yepremian kick), 14:42
WAS Bass 49 defensive fumble recovery (Knight kick), 12:53
|Total First Downs||12||16|
|Total Net Yardage||253||228|
|Total Offensive Plays||50||66|
|Avg. Gain Per Offensive Play||5.1||3.5|
|Yards Gained Rushing (Net)||184||141|
|Avg. Yards per Rush||5.0||3.9|
|Tackled Attempting to Pass||2||2|
|Yards Lost Attempting to Pass||19||17|
|Yards Gained Passing (Net)||69||87|
|Punt Return Yardage||4||9|
|Kickoff Return Yardage||33||45|
|Interception Return Yardage||95||0|
|Own Fumbles Recovered||1||1|
|Opponent Fumbles Recovered||0||1|
|Field Goals Attempted||1||1|
|Third-Down Efficiency||3 / 11||3 / 13|
|Fourth-Down Efficiency||0 / 0||0 / 1|
|Time of Possession||27:29||32:31|
Miami Dolphins Player Statistics
Washington Redskins Player Statistics
Super Bowl Games & Super Bowl MVP History
Super Bowl I
Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl II
Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14
Super Bowl III
New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
Super Bowl IV
Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl V
Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
Super Bowl VI
Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3
Super Bowl VII
Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7
Super Bowl VIII
Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl IX
Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6
Super Bowl X
Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
Super Bowl XI
Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14
Super Bowl XII
Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XIII
Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31
Super Bowl XIV
Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19
Super Bowl XV
Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10
Super Bowl XVI
San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21
Super Bowl XVII
Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17
Super Bowl XVIII
Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9
Super Bowl XIX
San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16
Super Bowl XX
Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
Super Bowl XXI
New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20
Super Bowl XXII
Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXIII
San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16
Super Bowl XXIV
San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXV
New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19
Super Bowl XXVI
Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
Super Bowl XXVII
Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
Super Bowl XXVIII
Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
Super Bowl XXIX
San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
Super Bowl XXX
Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Super Bowl XXXI
Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
Super Bowl XXXII
Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
Super Bowl XXXIII
Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19
Super Bowl XXXIV
Saint Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16
Super Bowl XXXV
Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7
Super Bowl XXXVI
New England Patriots 20 Saint Louis Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
Super Bowl XXXVIII
New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX
New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL
Steelers 21 Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI
Colts 29 Bears 17
Super Bowl XLII
New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIII
Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV
New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17