1995 Miami Dolphins season

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1995 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Joe Robbie Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card Game
Timeline
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Offseason[edit]

The Dolphins 1995 season was the final year for head coach Don Shula who had been with the team since the 1970 season, during his 25 years as head coach Shula had a 257-133-2 record, had the NFL's only perfect season in 1972 since the 1970 merger, appeared in five Super Bowls (1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984), won two of them (1972, 1973), and made it to the playoffs 16 times. Shula retired with the most wins of any coach in NFL history and is considered as one of the best coaches of all time.

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
25 Miami Dolphins Billy Milner Tackle Houston

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance TV Time
1 September 3, 1995 New York Jets W 52–14
71,317
NBC 4:05ET
2 September 10, 1995 at New England Patriots W 20–3
60,239
NBC 1:00ET
3 September 18, 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–10
72,874
ABC 9:00ET
4 Bye
5 October 1, 1995 at Cincinnati Bengals W 26–23
52,671
NBC 1:00ET
6 October 8, 1995 Indianapolis Colts L 27–24
68,471
NBC 4:05ET
7 October 15, 1995 at New Orleans Saints L 33–30
55,628
NBC 1:00ET
8 October 22, 1995 at New York Jets L 17–16
67,228
NBC 1:00ET
9 October 29, 1995 Buffalo Bills W 23–6
71,060
NBC 4:05ET
10 November 6, 1995 at San Diego Chargers W 24–14
61,966
ESPN 8:15ET
11 November 12, 1995 New England Patriots L 34–17
70,399
NBC 1:00ET
12 November 20, 1995 San Francisco 49ers L 44–20
73,080
ABC 9:00ET
13 November 26, 1995 at Indianapolis Colts L 36–28
60,414
NBC 1:00ET
14 December 3, 1995 Atlanta Falcons W 21–20
63,395
FOX 1:00ET
15 December 11, 1995 Kansas City Chiefs W 13–6
70,321
ABC 9:00ET
16 December 17, 1995 at Buffalo Bills L 23–20
79,531
NBC 1:00ET
17 December 24, 1995 at St. Louis Rams W 41–22
63,876
NBC 1:00ET

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 350 335 L1
(5) Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 331 316 W1
(6) Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 398 332 W1
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 294 377 L2
New York Jets 3 13 0 .188 233 384 L4

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 22
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 22 22
Bills 10 14 3 10 37

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Although Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino completed 33 out of 64 passes for 422 yards, he threw three interceptions amid two touchdowns. The Bills jumped to a 27–0 lead going into the fourth quarter, and rushed for an NFL playoff record 341 yards.

Don Shula's retirement[edit]

Don Shula retired at the end of the 1995 season ending one of the greatest coaching legacies in NFL history. He set numerous records during his 33 seasons as a head coach. He is first in most games coached (526), most consecutive seasons coached (33), greatest number of games won (347) and Super Bowl Appearances – six, appearing once with the 1968 Baltimore Colts and five times with the Miami Dolphins. Shula had a 2–4 record in his six Super Bowl appearances. Mr Shula is the first and to date the only head coach to lead a National Football League franchise to a perfect season, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who finished with a perfect 14–0 win-loss record in the regular season and 3–0 in the postseason for a perfect 17–0, a 1.000 winning percentage.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Dan Marino, AFC Pro Bowl Selection
  • Dan Marino, All-Pro Selection

Notes and references[edit]