The 1970 Miami Dolphins season was the team's fifth, and first in the National Football League (NFL). The 1970 season marked the team's first winning season, and their first playoff appearance. The 1970 season was also the first season under head coach Don Shula, as he would be the head coach of the franchise until 1995, a span of 25 years as head coach. The team improved on their 3-10-1 record from 1969, and finished the season 10-4, second in the newly aligned AFC East to only eventual champion Baltimore. The Dolphins would get off to a fresh start, starting 4-1 before losing 3 straight to even their record at 4-4. However, Miami would whip off 6 straight to end the season and clinch their first ever winning season and playoff berth. In their first playoff game, they lost 21-14 in the Divisional Round to the Oakland Raiders, ending Miami's season.