1984 Miami Dolphins season

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The 1984 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 19th season, and 15th in the National Football League. It was also the 15th season with the team for head coach Don Shula. The Dolphins sought to build on a spectacular 1983 season where they went 12–4 with rookie quarterback Dan Marino, only to be upended by the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

The Dolphins won the 1984 AFC Championship, and appeared in Super Bowl XIX, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 38–16. This is the last season the Dolphins appeared in the Super Bowl.[1]

1984 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish

Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 31–10

Won Conference Championship Playoffs (Steelers) 45–28

Lost Super Bowl XIX (49ers) 16–38
Timeline
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< 1983 1985 >

Second year quarterback Dan Marino's passing ability became the focal point of Miami's offense and in 1984 he exploded to set league records with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Marino's touchdown record was broken by Peyton Manning twenty years later and the yardage record was broken by Drew Brees twenty-seven years later. The Dolphins attempted early on to make a run at a perfect season twelve years after pulling off the feat, as they won their first eleven games but were upended in overtime by the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins scored more than 500 points for the first and to date only time in their history,[2] as they scored 513 points and finished 14–2, their best record since the undefeated season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1984 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Jackie Shipp  Inside linebacker Oklahoma
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Washington Redskins W 35–17
52,683
2 September 9, 1984 New England Patriots W 28–7
66,083
3 September 17, 1984 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17
65,455
4 September 23, 1984 Indianapolis Colts W 44–7
55,415
5 September 30, 1984 at St. Louis Cardinals W 36–28
46,991
6 October 7, 1984 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–7
59,103
7 October 14, 1984 Houston Oilers W 28–10
54,080
8 October 21, 1984 at New England Patriots W 44–24
60,711
9 October 28, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 38–7
58,824
10 November 4, 1984 at New York Jets W 31–17
72,655
11 November 11, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–23
70,227
12 November 18, 1984 at San Diego Chargers L 28–34
53,041
13 November 26, 1984 New York Jets W 28–17
74,884
14 December 2, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 34–45
71,222
15 December 9, 1984 at Indianapolis Colts W 35–17
60,411
16 December 17, 1984 Dallas Cowboys W 28–21
74,139

Season summary[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Dolphins 7 7 7 0 21
Bills 0 3 7 7 17

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Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Dolphins 7 0 7 17 31
Jets 7 3 0 7 17

[4]


Roster[edit]

Miami Dolphins 1984 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 29, 1984 Seattle Seahawks W 31–10
73,469
Conference Championship January 6, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–28
76,029
Super Bowl January 20, 1985 N San Francisco 49ers L 16–38
84,059

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Miami Dolphins(1) 14 2 0 .875 8–0 10–2 513 298
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 6–2 9–3 362 352
New York Jets 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–7 332 364
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 2–6 4–8 239 414
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 250 454

Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Dan Marino 564 362 5084 48 17 108.9

Postseason[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

A year after being upended in the playoffs by the Seattle Seahawks the Dolphins routed Seattle 31–10. Dan Marino threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns despite being intercepted twice by Seahawks defensive back John Harris. The Dolphins rushed for 143 yards and a Tony Nathan rushing score as well.

AFC Championship[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 7 7 28
• Dolphins 7 17 14 7 45

In a shootout, quarterback Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a victory by throwing for 421 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Steelers quarterback Mark Malone recorded 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.


Super Bowl XIX[edit]

Super Bowl XIX was played on January 20, 1985, and featured the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers won their second Super Bowl, defeating the Dolphins 38–16. Dan Marino, the Dolphins quarterback passed for one touchdown and two interceptions, while Joe Montana, the 49ers quarterback passed for 3 touchdowns and rushed for another.

Scoring summary[edit]

  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 37 yards 3–0 MIA
  • SF – TD: Carl Monroe 33-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 7–3 SF
  • MIA – TD: Dan Johnson 2-yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick) 10–7 MIA
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 8-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 14–10 SF
  • SF – TD: Joe Montana 6-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 21–10 SF
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 2-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 28–10 SF
  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 31 yards 28–13 SF
  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 30 yards 28–16 SF
  • SF – FG: Ray Wersching 27 yards 31–16 SF
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 16-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 38–16 SF

Awards and honors[edit]

Notes and references[edit]