1971 Miami Dolphins season

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1971 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Won AFC Divisional Playoff
(at Chiefs) 27–24 (2OT)
Won AFC Championship Game
(Colts) 21–0
Lost Super Bowl VI
(vs. Cowboys) 3-24

The 1971 Miami Dolphins season was the team's sixth, and second in the National Football League (NFL). The team improved on their 10-4 record from 1970 and finished 10-3-1. The Dolphins opened the season tying the Denver Broncos, the first season opener in NFL history to end in a tie, before splitting their next 2 games to sit at 1-1-1. The Dolphins then won 8 in a row to sit at 9-1-1. The Dolphins won their first division title, finishing first in the AFC East, and then defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round in 2 overtimes, the game is considered the longest in NFL history by time, and then advanced to their first ever AFC championship game, where they defeated the reigning champion Colts, 21-0, and went on to play in Super Bowl VI, their first Super Bowl berth. However, in the Super Bowl, Miami was walloped 24-3 by Dallas.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1971 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 47 Otto Stowe  Wide receiver Iowa State
3 74 Dale Farley  Linebacker West Virginia
4 99 Joe Theismann *  Quarterback Notre Dame
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Staff[edit]

1971 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Don Shula

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 at Denver Broncos T 10–10 0–0–1
51,228
2 September 26, 1971 at Buffalo Bills W 29–14 1–0–1
45,139
3 October 3, 1971 New York Jets L 14–10 1–1–1
70,670
4 October 10, 1971 at Cincinnati Bengals W 23–13 2–1–1
60,099
5 October 17, 1971 New England Patriots W 41–3 3–1–1
58,822
6 October 24, 1971 at New York Jets W 30–14 4–1–1
62,130
7 October 31, 1971 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–14 5–1–1
72,903
8 November 7, 1971 Buffalo Bills W 34–0 6–1–1
61,016
9 November 14, 1971 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–21 7–1–1
66,435
10 November 21, 1971 Baltimore Colts W 17–14 8–1–1
75,312
11 November 29, 1971 Chicago Bears W 34–3 9–1–1
75,312
12 December 5, 1971 at New England Patriots L 34–13 9–2–1
61,457
13 December 11, 1971 at Baltimore Colts L 14–3 9–3–1
60,238
14 December 19, 1971 Green Bay Packers W 27–6 10–3–1
76,812

Game summaries[edit]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Dolphins 3 9 7 10 29
Bills 7 0 7 0 14

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Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins 10 3 1 .769 5–3 7–3–1 315 174 W1
Baltimore Colts 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 313 140 L1
New England Patriots 6 8 0 .429 4–4 6–5 238 325 W1
New York Jets 6 8 0 .429 4–4 6–5 212 299 W2
Buffalo Bills 1 13 0 .071 1–7 1–10 184 394 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972. [3]

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 25, 1971 at Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24
45,822
Conference Championship January 2, 1972 Baltimore Colts W 21–0
76,622
Super Bowl VI January 16, 1972 N Dallas Cowboys L 24–3
80,591

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Miami Dolphins 27 K.C. Chiefs 24 (20T)

AFC Championship Game[edit]

Miami Dolphins 21 Baltimore Colts 0

Super Bowl VI[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3

Scoring summary[edit]

  • Dallas Mike Clark, FG 14 yds (3–0)
  • Dallas L.Alworth, 9 yd pass from Staubach (Mike Clark kick, 10–0)
  • Miami Yepremian, FG 23 yds (10–3)
  • Dallas Duane Thomas, 5 yd run (Mike Clark kick, 17–3)
  • Dallas Mike Ditka, 4 yd pass from Staubach (Mike Clark kick, 24–3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1971 Miami Dolphins draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297

External links[edit]