Super Bowl VII: Dolphins 14 Redskins 7 - MVP Dolphins Safety Jake Scott
An important cog in Miami's No Name Defense, Jake Scott picked off two of Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer's passes in this 14-7 Miami victory. Scott's second interception came in the Dolphins' end zone, quashing Washington's best offensive drive. Mike Bass scored the lone Redskins' touchdown, corralling Miami kicker Garo Yepremian's ill-fated forward pass that slipped out of his hand after a botched field goal attempt. The 1972 Dolphins remain the only unbeaten, untied team in NFL history.
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.
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Super Bowl VII MVP: Dolphins Safety Jake Scott
Super Bowl VII MVP: Dolphins Safety Jake Scott
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 Scoring
Dolphins: Twilley 28-yard TD pass from Griese (Yepremian PAT),14:59
Dolphins: Kiick 1-yard TD run (Yepremian PAT), 14:42
Washington: Bass 49-yard defensive fumble recovery (Knight PAT, 12:53
Super Bowl VII Team Statistics
|First Downs - Total||12||16|
|First Downs - Rushing||7||9|
|First Downs - Passing||5||7|
|First Downs - Penalty||0||0|
|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|
Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins Player Stats
|Passing||Comp / Att||Yards||TD||INT|
Super Bowl VII: Washington Player Stats
|Passing||Comp / Att||Yards||TD||INT|
January 14, 1973
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, California)
National Anthem: Little Angels of Holy Angels Church, Chicago
Coin Toss: Tom Bell
Halftime Show: Woody Herman, Andy Williams and the Michigan Marching Band
Announcers: Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis
Nielsen ratings: 42.7 (est. 53.32 million viewers)
Cost of 30-second commercial: $88,000
Super Bowl VII Dolphins & Washington Highlights
Super Bowl VII: Ticket & Championship Ring
- 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
- Super Bowl XLV: Rodgers That! Packers 31 Steelers 25
- Super Bowl XLVI: Giants Win Title in Squeaker over Patriots
Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens Edge 49ers 34-31
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