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(Because of his hamstring injury, Warfield had earlier been limping through primarily decoy routes.) "The center and myself would exchange blocks; he would block back and I would pull around and block the linebacker. I thought, 'no, I don't ever want to feel this way again.'". Miami's two Super Bowls were the product of a stretch of games in which the Dolphins posted an unprecedented mark of 32 wins and just two losses. The Minnesota defense was again anchored by a defensive line nicknamed the "Purple People Eaters", consisting of defensive tackles Gary Larsen and Alan Page, and defensive ends Jim Marshall and Carl Eller. The key play was Griese's third-and-five, 27-yard pass to wide receiver Paul Warfield to the Minnesota 11-yard line. [There was] no way I'd let a [defensive back] take me on, head on, and get away with it. La Super Bowl VII[1]​ es el nombre que se le dio al partido de fútbol americano que definió al campeón de la temporada 1972-73 de la NFL. Griese bobbled the ball slightly, but still managed to get it to Csonka. It was also the first Super Bowl game played on the then-popular AstroTurf artificial playing surface, not surprising since Houston's Astrodome was the first facility to install AstroTurf in 1966. The offensive line was strong, once again led by center Jim Langer and right guard Larry Little. Later, country music singer Charley Pride sang "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem. The Dolphins rushed for 196 yards, did not have any turnovers, and were not penalized in the first 52 minutes. It's normally in the 10's or 20's.". He didn't know what the hell to do. By the time the first quarter ended, Miami had run 20 plays for 118 yards and eight first downs, and scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, with Csonka carrying eight times for 64 yards and Griese completing all four of his passes for 40 yards. The Vikings advanced only as far as their own 27-yard line. For the Super Bowl that was played at the completion of the 1974 season, see, The NFL would continue on a New Orleans/Miami/Los Angeles (Pasadena) rotation until. Minnesota's best chance to threaten Miami occurred with less than a minute left in the first half, but Vikings running back Oscar Reed fumbled the ball away at the Dolphins' 6-yard line, and his team was unable to overcome Miami's lead in the second half. [12] On the scoring play, Griese forgot the snap count at the line of scrimmage. The NFL postseason is the ultimate pressure cooker. No way we were going to let old men win that game on Super Bowl Sunday.". Despite this, the Dolphins finished the 1973 season giving up fewer points (150) than in 1972, and recorded a 12–2 record, including an opening-game victory over the San Francisco 49ers that tied an NFL record with 18 consecutive wins. "The only time we felt pressure was the last game of the regular season to get to 14-0. And safety Jake Scott, the previous season's Super Bowl MVP, had four interceptions and 71 return yards. For Hall of Fame right guard Larry Little, that pressure was nearly non-existent. Meanwhile, the Miami defense held the Minnesota offense to only 25 yards, six plays from scrimmage, and one first down. The Vikings responded as we anticipated. On the first play of the drive, Minnesota was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on linebacker Wally Hilgenberg. The Vikings were making their second Super Bowl appearance after also finishing the regular season with a 12–2 record, and posting postseason victories over the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. Minnesota recovered the ensuing onside kick, but an offsides penalty on the Vikings nullified the play, and they subsequently kicked deep. After two incomplete passes, Tarkenton's pass intended for wide receiver Jim Lash was intercepted by Dolphins cornerback Curtis Johnson at the goal line. McDuffie to break down the Dolphins Jaguars games of old, Seven-time pro-bowler and two-time All-Pro Richmond Webb discusses the back-and-forth rivalry of the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills in the 1990's. (The Kansas City Chiefs had used similar tactics against the same Vikings defensive line in Super Bowl IV). In the Dolphins' locker room after the game, Csonka was asked about his battered face. Houston was the first Super Bowl host to have more than a year to prepare for the game, and lead time has grown greatly in succeeding years (Los Angeles was also awarded Super Bowl VII at the March 1972 meeting). Miami then marched 43 yards in eight plays to score on Csonka's two-yard touchdown run through Hilgenberg to increase their lead to 24–0 with almost nine minutes left in the third quarter. This game marked the first time that "America the Beautiful" was performed before a Super Bowl game. The Dolphins picked up 2 first downs by rush and 2 by penalty on Minnesota in running out the clock. The pre-game party was held on the floor of the Astrodome the night before the game. When they did that, we beat them with straight blocking."[11]. The game was played on January 13, 1974 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. Miami, at 15-0, traveled to Three Rivers Stadium to take on the 12-3 Pittsburgh Steelers on an unusually balmy winter afternoon. Griese finished the game with just six out of seven pass completions for 73 yards. "It stuck with us," Little said about the lopsided loss to the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. The Dolphins, however, made the stop where the Cowboys had not. Simpson. He asked Csonka, who said "two." When I got the reporting date letter, it said my reporting weight would be 265. In 1975 Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield left to join the World Football League. Every game features a turning point where the end-result becomes evident. El partido se disputó el 14 de enero de 1973 en el estadio Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum de la ciudad de Los Ángeles, California y enfrentó al campeón de la AFC los Miami Dolphins y al campeón de la NFC los Washington Redskins. Tarkenton set what was then a Super Bowl record for completions, 18 out of 28 for 182 yards, with one interception, and rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown. As they had the two previous Super Bowls, the Dolphins won the coin toss and elected to receive. The Dolphins defeated the Vikings by the score of 24–7 to win their second consecutive Super Bowl, the first team to do so since the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowls I and II, and the first AFL/AFC team to do so. In 1974, however, their offense was hurt by injuries to Csonka and the offensive line, and the defense was hurt by the departure of defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger who became the New York Giants head coach. "We never spoke about [going undefeated] during the season," Little said. Alan Page later said he knew we would dominate them after only the first couple of plays."[10]. It has since been tied by the Oakland Raiders against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV (led 14-0) and the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV (led 14-0). I told him I was at 285 and he walked away [without] saying a word. [17] The minimums are shown (in parenthesis). We kept ripping huge holes into their defense and Csonka kept picking up good yardage, especially to the right. Esta página se editó por última vez el 25 sep 2020 a las 02:34. About the decision to run with Reed on three straight plays, Grant defended the decision since the Vikes twice had converted in the NFC title game against Dallas. The conference title game's location was not based on record superiority, an unbeaten team could somehow enter the Super Bowl as underdogs and perfection was a possibility – for one team, at least. Miami went three-and-out, but Seiple boomed a 57-yard punt and Minnesota got the ball back at its own 3-yard line. Minnesota's offense was led by 13-year veteran quarterback Fran Tarkenton. During the regular season, Tarkenton completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,113 yards, 15 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Times were different in 1972. Kuechenberg, who would be blocking Page in the game, had sustained a broken arm in a game against the Colts and wore a cast while playing in the Super Bowl. We have enhanced health and safety measures for fans and staff attending games this season. Then Mercury Morris ran right for four yards, Larry Csonka crashed through the middle for two, and quarterback Bob Griese completed a 13-yard pass to tight end Jim Mandich to advance the ball to the Vikings 43-yard line. La victoria fue de los Miami Dolphins que se impusieron por 14-7 y de esta forma consiguieron su primer título de Super Bowl en su segunda visita a este juego, ya que habían perdido un año antes la Super Bowl VI. 1 – Dates in the list denote the season, not necessarily the calendar year in which the championship game was played. I took a lot of pride in what I was doing.". The Dolphins' winning streak ended in Week 2 with a 12–7 loss to the Raiders in Berkeley, California. They were also depending on defensive ends Bill Stanfill and Vern Den Herder to contain Tarkenton's scrambling. Coach Don Shula wrote, "In the case of Tarkenton we wanted to hem him in. I walked up to him [and introduced myself]. But on the next two plays, Vikings running back Oscar Reed gained only one yard on two rushes, bringing up a fourth-down-and-one with less than a minute left in the half. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. He came right at me and threw an elbow right through my mask. De esta forma la Super Bowl VII terminaba 14-7 a favor de los Miami Dolphins quienes ganaban su primer título de Super Bowl. El partido se disputó el 14 de enero de 1973 en el estadio Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum de la ciudad de Los Ángeles, California y enfrentó al campeón de la AFC los Miami Dolphins y al campeón de la NFC los Washington Redskins. "When I lost those 20 pounds, a cornerback or safety trying to take me on was like suicide. Later in the drive, Mercury Morris ran for 10 yards on a 3rd down play from the Minnesota 40-yard line to allow Miami to get into field goal range. 5Times targeted. (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VI were played on Poly-Turf, another brand of artificial turf. We'd hear Alan [Page] cussing because those negative-influence plays were just driving him nuts. The 1972 Dolphins carried that pressure not just through the playoffs, but each week providing a chance for the opposition to spoil an unblemished record. The practice field had no blocking sleds. Despite the unblemished record, the Dolphins entered the game as 1-point underdogs. Paul Warfield entered the game with a well-publicized hamstring injury to his left leg. Tarkenton's eight-yard run on first down then advanced the ball to the 7-yard line. While the 1972 team faced no competition that possessed a record better than 8–6 in the regular season, the 1973 team played a much tougher schedule that included games against the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys (all playoff teams), plus two games against a resurgent Buffalo Bills squad that featured 2,000-yard rusher O.J. "We go into Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship Game on New Year's Eve, and it's 68 degrees," Little said. But if we didn't win those next three games, we would not accomplish our goal of winning the Super Bowl. Bobby Beathard was also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. † This category includes rushing, receiving, interception returns, punt returns, kickoff returns, and fumble returns. Famed "Gonzo" writer Hunter S. Thompson covered the game for Rolling Stone magazine, and his exploits in Houston are legendary.[9]. Until the late 1970s, the NFL permitted striped footballs for night games, indoor games and other special situations. Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. Also, the Dolphins wore two slightly different helmet decals; some had the decal that the team would adopt in 1974 (mostly linemen; with the mascot dolphin leaping through the sun), while others had the 1966–1973 decal (with the mascot dolphin halfway through the sun). Leo Miles was the first African-American to officiate in a Super Bowl. This was the first time the Super Bowl venue was not home to that of an NFL franchise. For instance, Super Bowl LIV was played in 2020, but was the championship for the 2019 season. This was also the first Super Bowl played in a stadium that was not the current home to an NFL or AFL team, as no team had called Rice Stadium home since the Houston Oilers moved into the Astrodome in 1968. "1974 Super Bowl" redirects here. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. ), The Vikings complained about their practice facilities at Houston ISD's Delmar Stadium, a 20-minute bus ride from their hotel. The Dolphins were on the cusp of a championship the year prior, Shula's second season in Miami. Sources: NFL.com Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl VIII Play Finder Mia, Super Bowl VIII Play Finder Min, 1Completions/attempts The team's primary deep threat was Pro Bowl wide receiver John Gilliam, who caught 42 passes for 907 yards, an average of 21.6 yards per catch, and scored eight touchdowns. The first thing he asked me was 'how much do you weigh?' The Vikings earned their second appearance in the Super Bowl after defeating the wild card Washington Redskins, 27–20, and the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys, 27–10, in the playoffs. Super Bowl VII in Pasadena, CA will forever be remembered as the day the town of Perfectville opened its gates, but that day was the culmination of two years of hard work. We decided to emphasize negative influence by misdirection and cross blocking, trying to make the Vikings Front Four commit to the influence of the play and then actually running it elsewhere. The 1970 AFC champion Baltimore Colts had been the favorite in Super Bowl V, but they were an original NFL franchise prior the 1970 merger. Instead of kicking a field goal, Minnesota attempted to convert the fourth down with another running play by Reed. "We had a play called P10 Express," Little said on the Drive Time Podcast. The halftime show also featured the Longhorn Band, along with Judy Mallett, Miss Texas 1973, playing the fiddle, in a tribute to American music titled "A Musical America". Griese chose to believe Csonka, which was a mistake; it was "one." "If it's less than a yard, we go for it", he said. Tight end Stu Voigt was the top receiver of the game with three catches for 46 yards. The Dolphins, meanwhile, trained at the Oilers' facility, since they were an AFC team like Miami.[7]. He became the first quarterback to start three Super Bowls and is joined by Jim Kelly and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to start at least three consecutive Super Bowls. Herskowitz, Mickey, "Purple People Eaten by Dolphins". Hard Rock Stadium Safety Policies and Procedures. The game was televised in the United States by CBS with play-by-play announcer Ray Scott and color commentators Pat Summerall and Bart Starr. Little and the Dolphins would not have to experience a loss of that magnitude again until the 1974 Divisional Playoffs; or a loss of any nature for the next 18 games. "[Shula] was the man that probably made me to be the football player I was," Little said. Behind them, cornerback Bobby Bryant (seven interceptions, 105 return yards, one touchdown) and safety Paul Krause (four interceptions) led the defensive secondary. The single players were reportedly angry that they could not bring their girlfriends, mothers or sisters. [12] The Dolphins set the record which still stands for the largest Super Bowl lead (14 points) at the end of the first quarter. It was attended by the players, the coaches, media, and celebrities. "I felt we were disrespected," Little said. Head linesman Leo Miles was the first African-American to officiate in a Super Bowl. Super Bowl VII in Pasadena, CA will forever be remembered as the day the town of Perfectville opened its gates, but that day was the culmination of two years of hard work. Said Jim Langer, "It was obvious from the beginning that our offense could overpower their defense. So I slowed up and he ran right by me. In the case of Page, Eller and company, we wanted to try to turn their aggressiveness to our advantage. Wrote Jim Langer, "All this was successful right away. On the previous series, Hilgenberg had thrown an elbow through Csonka's facemask, cutting Csonka above the eye, but had not been penalized. Griese, Csonka, Warfield, Langer, Nick Buoniconti and Little would all eventually be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Mercury was fast as hell so I had to get out there in front of him.". Dan Marino's triumphant return as told by Irivng Fryar, who scored three touchdowns against his former team. "I could always run," Little said of his exceptional blocking out in space on Miami's famed toss sweeps. La Super Bowl VII[2]​ empezó con un claro dominio de ambas defensas, aunque la de los Dolphins fue mejor ya que Jake Scott interceptó en 2 ocasiones al mariscal de los Redskins Billy Kilmer. [6] It was also the last Super Bowl, and penultimate game overall (the 1974 Pro Bowl in Kansas City played the next week was the last) to feature goal posts at the front of the end zone (they were moved to the endline, in the back of the endzone, the next season). Jim Langer ended his career with the Vikings in 1981, allowing him to play for the franchise closest to his native South Dakota. The NFL awarded Super Bowl VIII to Houston on March 21, 1972 at the owners' meetings held in Honolulu. The Dolphins would not win another playoff game until 1982, and they have not won a Super Bowl since. 2 – From 1966 to 1969, the first four Super Bowls were "World Championship" games played between two independent professional football leagues, AFL and NFL, and when the league, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 08:27. "[10] On defense, the Dolphins' goal was to neutralize Chuck Foreman by using cat-quick Manny Fernandez at nose tackle and to make passing difficult for Tarkenton by knocking down his receivers and double-teaming John Gilliam. Super Bowl VIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Minnesota Vikings and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Miami Dolphins to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1973 season. Learn more about what to expect at Hard Rock Stadium in 2020. Cuando terminaba el primer cuarto Howard Twilley atrapó un pase de 28 yardas lanzado por Bob Griese. Note: A seven-official system was not used until the 1978 season. The Vikings' offensive line was also very talented, led by right tackle Ron Yary and six-time Pro Bowl center Mick Tingelhoff. After each team traded punts early in the second period, Miami mounted a seven-play drive starting from their own 35-yard line, culminating in a 28-yard field goal from kicker Garo Yepremian to make the score 17–0 midway through the second quarter. "So that was in our favor. I could see the game meant something to him."[7]. "Super Bowl Betting History – Underdogs on Recent Roll", "Historical Super Bowl Nielsen TV Ratings, 1967–2009 – Ratings", Thompson, Hunter S. "Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl (1974),", "Super Bowl VIII–National Football League Game Summary", "Only Wanna Be with You" (Hootie & the Blowfish song), National Football League championship games, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Super_Bowl_VIII&oldid=988967181, January 1974 sports events in the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Csonka 2-yard touchdown run, Yepremian kick good, Highest average gain, career (20 attempts). The Vikings then mounted a 10-play, 57-yard drive, with Tarkenton completing 5 passes for 43 yards, including a 15-yarder to Voigt on 3rd-and-8, and taking the ball into the end zone himself six plays into the 4th quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run. And I knew then – he gained about 25 or 30 yards – this game was going to be easy as pie.". Safety Dick Anderson led the team with eight interceptions, which he returned for 163 yards and two touchdowns on route to winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Wrote Jim Langer, "We just hit the Vikings defense so hard and so fast that they didn't know what hit them. Starting at their own 20-yard line, Minnesota marched to the Miami 15-yard line in nine plays, aided by Fran Tarkenton's completions of 17 and 14 yards to tight end Stu Voigt and wide receiver John Gilliam's 30-yard reception. The first of the three consecutive Super Bowl appearances didn't do go as planned, but the loss served as the springboard for back-to-back Lombardi celebrations in South Florida. Miami got the ball back at their 10-yard line with 6:24 left in the game, and Csonka and Kiick were the ball carriers on all 12 remaining plays. On television before the game, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath said, "If Miami gets the kickoff and scores on the opening drive, the game is over.". The Dolphins were on the cusp of a championship the year prior, Shula's second season in Miami. Matheson could either rush the passer or drop back into coverage. This was the first Super Bowl in which a former AFL franchise was the favorite. They posted a 12–2 record during the regular season, then defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs. Gilliam returned the second half kickoff 65 yards, but a clipping penalty on the play moved the ball all the way back to the Minnesota 11-yard line. Although the Dolphins were unable to match their 17–0 perfect season of 1972, many sports writers, fans and Dolphins players themselves felt that the 1973 team was better. Wide receiver Paul Warfield remained the main deep threat on the team, catching 29 passes for 514 yards and 11 touchdowns. 2Carries Super Bowl VIII was largely dominated by the Dolphins, who scored 24 unanswered points during the first three quarters, including two touchdowns on their first two drives. He also rushed for 202 yards and another touchdown. However, Reed lost the ball while being tackled by linebacker Nick Buoniconti, and Scott recovered the fumble. Midway through the following season Summerall would take Scott's place as the network's lead play-by-play announcer, holding that position through 1993, when CBS lost rights to the NFC television package to Fox. Miami's "No Name Defense" continued to dominate their opponents. Además los Miami Dolphins son el único equipo que ha ganado el título de la NFL en forma invicta con un récord de 17-0. The Vikings then had their best opportunity to score in the first half on their ensuing drive. Meanwhile, the Dolphins defeated the AFC Central champion Cincinnati Bengals 34–16 in the divisional round, and the AFC West Champion Oakland Raiders, 27–10 for the AFC Championship. Then later in the game we found that the Vikings started hesitating, reducing their charge. Eight plays later, the Vikings reached the Miami 32-yard line. Turnovers are defined as the number of times losing the ball on interceptions and fumbles. "I had to get out there fast because I was pulling for Mercury," Little said. Marlin Briscoe added 30 receptions for 447 yards and 2 scores. Langer lost his starting center job in 1980 to Dwight Stephenson, who like Langer is a member of the Hall of Fame. The following records were set or tied in Super Bowl VIII, according to the official NFL.com boxscore[15] and the ProFootball reference.com game summary. The Longhorn Band from the University of Texas at Austin performed during the pregame festivities. "[10] First, Dolphins defensive back Jake Scott gave his team good field position by returning the opening kickoff 31 yards to the Miami 38-yard line. 347 for another in Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula, Ronnie Brown's touchdown with eight seconds to play propels the Dolphins to victory over the rival New York Jets in 2009, The former Dolphins tight end talks his time in Miami, the tumultuous 2004 campaign and the gratifying win over San Francisco from that season, Former Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano breaks down the Dolphins 24-21 in over the Seahawks in 2012, We welcome the hosts of the Fish Tank Podcast Seth Levit and O.J. Just like the two previous seasons, Miami's offense relied primarily on its rushing attack. The Vikings might have had the drive held to a field goal attempt when Morris lost 8 yards on a third-and-4 play from the Minnesota 5, but Hilgenberg was called for holding, giving Miami an automatic first down at the 8. [5] This was also the first Super Bowl not to be held in either the Los Angeles, Miami or New Orleans areas. The Dolphins' Larry Csonka became the first running back to be named Super Bowl MVP; both his 145 rushing yards and his 33 carries were Super Bowl records. La Super Bowl VII ​ es el nombre que se le dio al partido de fútbol americano que definió al campeón de la temporada 1972-73 de la NFL. Quarterback Bob Griese, the AFC's second-leading passer, completed only 116 passes for 1,422 yards, but threw more than twice as many touchdown passes (17) as interceptions (8), and earned an 84.3 passer rating. The Vikings' main rushing weapon was NFL Rookie of the Year running back Chuck Foreman, who rushed for 801 yards, caught 37 passes for 362 yards and scored six touchdowns. There were reports of dissension among the Dolphins arising from owner Joe Robbie's decision to allow married players to bring their wives at the club's expense. The situation never got much better for the Vikings the rest of the game. The Dolphins defeated the Vikings by the score of 24–7 to win their second consecutive Super Bowl, the first team to do so since the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowls I and II, and the first AFL/AFC team to do so. Entertainment was provided by The La France Sisters and Charley Pride. Sobre el final del último cuarto los Redskins respondieron cuando Mike Bass recobró el balón y lo llevó hasta la zona de anotación. The Vikings also finished the regular season with a 12–2 record, winning their first nine games before a 20-14 loss on Monday Night Football to the Atlanta Falcons. Jake Scot fue elegido como el jugador más valioso por sus 2 interceptaciones. 3Long gain Reed was the leading rusher for the Vikings, but with just 32 yards. After an exchange of punts, Minnesota got the ball back at their 43-yard line after Larry Seiple's kick went just 24 yards. "That was a terrible feeling that day. Times were certainly different back then, but one fact remains true in the 100-year history of the NFL – Perfectville's population remains at one. One mistake can derail a possession, a game and ultimately, an entire season. Running back Jim Kiick was also a key contributor, rushing for 257 yards and catching 27 passes for 208 yards. "We feel we have the plays to make it." [8] Indeed, the Dolphins became the first team to score a touchdown after receiving the game's opening kickoff.

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