1989 Miami Dolphins season

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1989 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1988 1990 >

The 1989 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 24th as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins improved upon their previous season's 6–10 W-L record, winning eight games.[1] Despite this improvement they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, tying the longest such record in franchise history when the Dolphins failed to make the playoffs from 1966 to 1969. This was also the longest such record for coach Don Shula in his NFL career.

Shortly after the season ended, Miami Dolphins founder Joe Robbie died on January 7, 1990 at the age of 73.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Buffalo Bills L 27–24
54,541
2 September 17, 1989 at New England Patriots W 24–10
57,043
3 September 24, 1989 New York Jets L 40–33
65,908
4 October 1, 1989 at Houston Oilers L 39–7
53,326
5 October 8, 1989 Cleveland Browns W 13–10
58,444
6 October 15, 1989 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–13
58,184
7 October 22, 1989 Green Bay Packers W 23–20
56,624
8 October 29, 1989 at Buffalo Bills L 31–17
80,208
9 November 5, 1989 Indianapolis Colts W 19–13
52,680
10 November 12, 1989 at New York Jets W 31–23
65,923
11 November 19, 1989 at Dallas Cowboys W 17–14
56,044
12 November 26, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–14
59,936
13 December 3, 1989 at Kansas City Chiefs L 26–21
54,610
14 December 10, 1989 New England Patriots W 31–10
55,918
15 December 17, 1989 at Indianapolis Colts L 42–13
55,665
16 December 24, 1989 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–24
43,612

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills(3) 9 7 0 .563 6–2 8–4 409 317 W1
Indianapolis Colts 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–5 298 301 L1
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–8 331 379 L2
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 4–4 5–7 297 391 L3
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–9 253 411 L3

References[edit]