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SB 7: Dolphins top Redskins to complete undefeated season



Jan. 14, 1973

At Los Angeles-90,182

Miami 7..7..0..0-14

Washington 0..0..0..7-7

Miami went 14-0 in the regular season, but struggled in its two playoff wins over Cleveland (20-14) and Pittsburgh (21-17). Washington was 11-3 during the regular season and posted impressive playoff wins over Green Bay (16-3) and Dallas (26-3).

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So the Dolphins were a slight underdog in seeking the first perfect season in NFL history. They played virtually flawless football in the first half, and late in the first quarter Bob Griese directed Miami on a 63-yard drive capped by a 28-yard pass to Howard Twilley. Then, just before the half, Jim Kiick went over from the 1-yard line to give Miami a 14-0 lead.

Washington was apparently going to be shut out when, with about two minutes remaining in the game, Miami's Garo Yepremian attempted a 42-yard field goal. It was blocked. Yepremian then picked up the ball and attempted to pass, only to have the ball slip out of his hands right to Mike Bass of the Redskins. Bass ran 49 yards for the score.

But the Dolphins held on. Miami safety Jake Scott picked off two passes in the game and was voted MVP.



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