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1972 Miami Dolphins

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14-0-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.0, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 6.5, SoS: -4.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 385 points (27.5/g), 1st of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 171 points (12.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 214 points (15.3/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.2-1.8.

Coach: Don Shula (14-0-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Howard Schnellenberger
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Arnsparger

Stadium: Orange Bowl
 Training Camp: St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Florida)


Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Joe Robbie
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Don Shula
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 385 5036 893 5.6 28 16 19 291 144 259 2076 17 12 7.4 102 613 2960 26 4.8 170
Team Defense 171 3297 770 4.3 46 20 14 186 178 348 1749 10 26 4.6 96 389 1548 8 4.0 76
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 5 16 2 24 16 11 3 3 1 1 1 2
Lg Rank Defense 1 1 2 1 1 13 5 3 2 3 1 3 3 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 @ Kansas City Chiefs 20 10 19 296 100 196 2 16 332 198 134 4
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 Houston Oilers 34 13 30 435 161 274 4 7 167 104 63 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 3-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 16 14 14 254 134 120 2 12 240 109 131 4
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 4-0 @ New York Jets 27 17 23 394 220 174 1 16 270 147 123 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 5-0 San Diego Chargers 24 10 14 239 86 153 1 15 243 110 133 3
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 6-0 Buffalo Bills 24 23 20 310 80 230 4 11 188 24 164 1
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 7-0 @ Baltimore Colts 23 0 24 375 89 286 1 12 192 78 114 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 8-0 @ Buffalo Bills 30 16 21 327 73 254 1 12 172 99 73 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 9-0 New England Patriots 52 0 21 482 301 181 1 11 169 77 92 3
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 10-0 New York Jets 28 24 20 346 132 214 3 14 283 175 108 3
11 Mon November 27 boxscore W 11-0 St. Louis Cardinals 31 10 24 426 226 200 2 12 224 173 51 6
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 12-0 @ New England Patriots 37 21 29 501 197 304 3 14 217 107 110 2
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 13-0 @ New York Giants 23 13 16 367 163 204 1 21 343 222 121 6
14 Sat December 16 boxscore W 14-0 Baltimore Colts 16 0 16 284 114 170 2 13 257 126 131 6
Playoffs
Division Sun December 24 boxscore W 15-0 Cleveland Browns 20 14 17 272 74 198 2 15 283 118 165 5
ConfChamp Sun December 31 boxscore W 16-0 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21 17 19 314 121 193 1 13 250 122 128 2
SuperBowl Sun January 14 boxscore W 17-0 N Washington Redskins 14 7 12 253 69 184 2 16 228 87 141 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
15 Earl Morrall+ 38 QB 14 9 9-0-0 83 150 55.3% 1360 11 7.3 7 4.7 49 9.1 8.4 16.4 97.1 91.0 14 114 7.60 7.02 8.5 2 2
12 Bob Griese 27 qb 6 5 5-0-0 53 97 54.6% 638 4 4.1 4 4.1 39 6.6 5.5 12.0 106.3 71.6 7 45 5.70 4.74 6.7 1 1
11 Jim Del Gaizo 25 4 0 5 9 55.6% 165 2 22.2 1 11.1 51 18.3 17.8 33.0 41.3 100.5 0 0 18.33 17.78 0.0
86 Marlin Briscoe 27 10 3 3 3 100.0% 72 0 0.0 0 0.0 26 24.0 24.0 24.0 7.2 118.7 0 0 24.00 24.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 14 14-0-0 144 259 55.6% 2235 17 6.6 12 4.6 51 8.6 7.9 15.5 159.6 86.9 21 159 7.41 6.70 7.5 3 3
Opp Total 14 178 348 51.1% 2029 10 2.9 26 7.5 5.8 3.04 11.4 144.9 47.4 33 280 4.6 2.0 8.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
39 Larry Csonka* 26 FB 14 14 213 1117 6 45 5.2 79.8 15.2 5 48 9.6 0 14 0.4 3.4 1165 6 2
22 Mercury Morris* 25 KR/RB 14 11 190 1000 12 33 5.3 71.4 13.6 15 168 11.2 0 34 1.1 12.0 1168 12 8
21 Jim Kiick 26 14 3 137 521 5 26 3.8 37.2 9.8 21 147 7.0 1 15 1.5 10.5 668 6 3
32 Hubert Ginn 25 14 0 27 142 1 22 5.3 10.1 1.9 1 23 23.0 0 23 0.1 1.6 165 1 1
23 Charlie Leigh 27 PR 14 0 21 79 0 10 3.8 5.6 1.5 79 0 4
15 Earl Morrall+ 38 QB 14 9 17 67 1 31 3.9 4.8 1.2 67 1 3
42 Paul Warfield* 30 WR 12 11 4 23 0 21 5.8 1.9 0.3 29 606 20.9 3 47 2.4 50.5 629 3 1
12 Bob Griese 27 qb 6 5 3 11 1 5 3.7 1.8 0.5 11 1 0
11 Jim Del Gaizo 25 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
81 Howard Twilley 29 WR 13 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 364 18.2 3 44 1.5 28.0 364 3 0
86 Marlin Briscoe 27 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 279 17.4 4 51 1.6 27.9 279 4 0
80 Marv Fleming 30 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 156 12.0 1 31 0.9 11.1 156 1 0
82 Otto Stowe 23 9 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 276 21.2 2 49 1.4 30.7 276 2 0
88 Jim Mandich 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 168 15.3 3 39 0.8 12.0 168 3 0
Team Total 26.5 14 613 2960 26 45 4.8 211.4 43.8 144 2235 15.5 17 51 10.3 159.6 5195 43 25
Opp Total 14 389 1548 8 4.0 110.6 27.8 178 1749 9.8 10 12.7 124.9 3297 18 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
23 Charlie Leigh 27 PR 14 0 22 210 0 27 9.5 6 153 0 45 25.5 442
22 Mercury Morris* 25 KR/RB 14 11 14 334 0 33 23.9 1502
13 Jake Scott* 27 SS 14 14 13 100 0 15 7.7 100
40 Dick Anderson*+ 26 FS 14 14 5 19 0 17 3.8 19
53 Bob Matheson 28 lb 14 1 2 34 0 17 17.0 34
86 Marlin Briscoe 27 10 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 279
32 Hubert Ginn 25 14 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 190
Team Total 26.5 14 40 329 0 27 8.2 24 546 0 45 22.8 6070
Opp Total 14 17 67 0 3.9 56 1283 0 22.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1 Garo Yepremian 28 K 14 0 7 7 3 3 8 7 11 4 8 3 37 24 64.9%% 45 43 95.6%%
20 Larry Seiple 27 P 11 0 36 1437 54 0 39.9
40 Dick Anderson*+ 26 FS 14 14 4 147 45 0 36.8
7 Billy Lothridge 30 2 0 4 150 42 0 37.5
Team Total 26.5 14 7 7 3 3 8 7 11 4 8 3 37 24 64.9%% 45 43 95.6%% 44 1734 54 0 39.4
Opp Total 14 19 9 47.4%% 21 18 85.7%% 68 2795 41.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
40 Dick Anderson*+ 26 FS 14 14 3 34 0 22 0 0 1 5 35 1
22 Mercury Morris* 25 KR/RB 14 11 0 8 1 0 0
13 Jake Scott* 27 SS 14 14 5 73 0 31 0 0 1 2 20 0
23 Charlie Leigh 27 PR 14 0 0 4 3 0 0
15 Earl Morrall+ 38 QB 14 9 0 3 1 -9 0
26 Lloyd Mumphord 26 14 0 4 50 1 28 0
59 Doug Swift 24 LLB 14 14 3 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Tim Foley 24 LCB 14 14 3 25 0 15 0
45 Curtis Johnson 24 RCB 14 14 3 20 0 13 0
21 Jim Kiick 26 14 3 0 3 0 0 0
85 Nick Buoniconti* 32 MLB 14 14 2 17 0 10 0
39 Larry Csonka* 26 FB 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
83 Vern Den Herder 24 LDE 14 14 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 1 8 0
75 Manny Fernandez 26 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
32 Hubert Ginn 25 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
88 Jim Mandich 24 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Bill Stanfill*+ 25 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
42 Paul Warfield* 30 WR 12 11 0 1 1 0 0
49 Charlie Babb 22 14 0 1 24 0 24 0
51 Larry Ball 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Jim Del Gaizo 25 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
80 Marv Fleming 30 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
72 Bob Heinz 25 RDT 11 8 0 0 1 0 0
57 Mike Kolen 24 RLB 13 13 1 14 0 14 0
67 Bob Kuechenberg 25 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
79 Wayne Moore 27 9 5 0 0 1 0 0
82 Otto Stowe 23 9 3 0 0 1 0 0
81 Howard Twilley 29 WR 13 11 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 26 286 1 31 0 0 25 29 54 1
Opp Total 14 21 32 12

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Garo Yepremian 28 K 14 0 43 24 115
22 Mercury Morris* 25 KR/RB 14 11 12 12 72
39 Larry Csonka* 26 FB 14 14 6 6 36
21 Jim Kiick 26 14 3 5 1 6 36
86 Marlin Briscoe 27 10 3 4 4 24
88 Jim Mandich 24 14 0 3 3 18
81 Howard Twilley 29 WR 13 11 3 3 18
42 Paul Warfield* 30 WR 12 11 3 3 18
82 Otto Stowe 23 9 3 2 2 12
40 Dick Anderson*+ 26 FS 14 14 1 1 6
80 Marv Fleming 30 TE 14 14 1 1 6
32 Hubert Ginn 25 14 0 1 1 6
12 Bob Griese 27 qb 6 5 1 1 6
15 Earl Morrall+ 38 QB 14 9 1 1 6
26 Lloyd Mumphord 26 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 14 26 17 1 1 45 43 24 385
Opp Total 14 8 10 1 2 18 9 171

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ KAN W, 20-10 1 14 pass Marlin Briscoe 14 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ KAN W, 20-10 2 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1972-09-24 HOU W, 34-13 1 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1972-09-24 HOU W, 34-13 1 2 rush Mercury Morris 2 yard rush
5 1972-09-24 HOU W, 34-13 2 4 rush Larry Csonka 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1972-09-24 HOU W, 34-13 3 2 rush Bob Griese 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1972-09-24 HOU W, 34-13 4 6 pass Jim Kiick 6 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1972-10-01 @ MIN W, 16-14 4 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1972-10-08 @ NYJ W, 27-17 2 16 pass Howard Twilley 16 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1972-10-08 @ NYJ W, 27-17 2 6 rush Jim Kiick 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1972-10-08 @ NYJ W, 27-17 4 3 rush Jim Kiick 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1972-10-15 SDG W, 24-10 2 35 fumble Dick Anderson 35 yard fumble return (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1972-10-15 SDG W, 24-10 2 18 pass Howard Twilley 18 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1972-10-15 SDG W, 24-10 3 19 pass Paul Warfield 19 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1972-10-22 BUF W, 24-23 1 5 rush Mercury Morris 5 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1972-10-22 BUF W, 24-23 3 10 rush Larry Csonka 10 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1972-10-22 BUF W, 24-23 4 15 rush Mercury Morris 15 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1972-10-29 @ BAL W, 23-0 1 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1972-10-29 @ BAL W, 23-0 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush
20 1972-10-29 @ BAL W, 23-0 3 7 rush Mercury Morris 7 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1972-11-05 @ BUF W, 30-16 1 22 rush Mercury Morris 22 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1972-11-05 @ BUF W, 30-16 3 7 pass Marv Fleming 7 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1972-11-05 @ BUF W, 30-16 4 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 1 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 1 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 2 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
27 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 2 6 rush Mercury Morris 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
28 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 3 16 pass Marlin Briscoe 16 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
29 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 4 51 pass Marlin Briscoe 51 yard pass from Jim Del Gaizo (Garo Yepremian kick)
30 1972-11-12 NWE W, 52-0 4 39 pass Jim Mandich 39 yard pass from Jim Del Gaizo (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1972-11-19 NYJ W, 28-24 1 9 pass Howard Twilley 9 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
32 1972-11-19 NYJ W, 28-24 2 1 rush Mercury Morris 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
33 1972-11-19 NYJ W, 28-24 3 31 rush Earl Morrall 31 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
34 1972-11-19 NYJ W, 28-24 4 14 rush Mercury Morris 14 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
35 1972-11-27 STL W, 31-10 1 2 rush Jim Kiick 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
36 1972-11-27 STL W, 31-10 3 37 pass Otto Stowe 37 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
37 1972-11-27 STL W, 31-10 3 28 interception Lloyd Mumphord 28 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
38 1972-11-27 STL W, 31-10 4 27 pass Otto Stowe 27 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
39 1972-12-03 @ NWE W, 37-21 2 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
40 1972-12-03 @ NWE W, 37-21 3 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
41 1972-12-03 @ NWE W, 37-21 3 14 pass Marlin Briscoe 14 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
42 1972-12-03 @ NWE W, 37-21 4 8 rush Hubert Ginn 8 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
43 1972-12-10 @ NYG W, 23-13 1 12 rush Mercury Morris 12 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
44 1972-12-10 @ NYG W, 23-13 2 34 pass Paul Warfield 34 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
45 1972-12-16 BAL W, 16-0 2 14 pass Paul Warfield 14 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ KAN L, 10-20 4 4 pass Willie Frazier 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1972-09-24 HOU L, 13-34 3 82 pass Charlie Joiner 82 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
3 1972-09-24 HOU L, 13-34 3 1 rush Willie Rodgers 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
4 1972-10-01 @ MIN L, 14-16 1 56 pass John Gilliam 56 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
5 1972-10-01 @ MIN L, 14-16 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
6 1972-10-08 @ NYJ L, 17-27 1 0 fumble Randy Rasmussen 0 yard fumble return (Bobby Howfield kick)
7 1972-10-08 @ NYJ L, 17-27 4 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1972-10-15 SDG L, 10-24 4 3 pass Cid Edwards 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Bill McClard kick)
9 1972-10-22 BUF L, 23-24 2 16 interception Ken Lee 16 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1972-10-22 BUF L, 23-24 4 6 pass Jim Braxton 6 yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1972-11-05 @ BUF L, 16-30 1 13 pass Randy Jackson 13 yard pass from Dennis Shaw
12 1972-11-05 @ BUF L, 16-30 2 39 interception Tony Greene 39 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1972-11-19 NYJ L, 24-28 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1972-11-19 NYJ L, 24-28 2 29 pass Rich Caster 29 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1972-11-19 NYJ L, 24-28 3 4 pass Wayne Stewart 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1972-11-27 STL L, 10-31 4 2 rush Leon Burns 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1972-12-03 @ NWE L, 21-37 2 36 pass Tom Reynolds 36 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
18 1972-12-03 @ NWE L, 21-37 4 8 pass John Tarver 8 yard pass from Brian Dowling (Mike Walker kick)
19 1972-12-03 @ NWE L, 21-37 4 1 rush Brian Dowling 1 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
20 1972-12-10 @ NYG L, 13-23 1 1 rush Ron Johnson 1 yard rush
21 1972-12-10 @ NYG L, 13-23 2 1 rush Ron Johnson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)