The mighty and undefeated Atlanta Falcons finally lost their first game of the year to the New Orleans Saints 31-27, thus preserving the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ record of being the only undefeated team to win the super bowl. The Falcons were the last unbeaten team in the league at 8-0 going into week 10. Up until this week, the Falcons had narrowly escaped multiple close games with wins, but Drew Brees and a potent Saints offense proved too much for the Falcons in an offensive shootout. The dirty birds were simply unable to fly in such a heavy Brees (my attempt at a pun).
The 1972 Dolphins’ perfect season, coached by legend Don Shula included 14 regular season wins and three post season victories culminating in a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. The historic powerhouse was led by all time Miami greats Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and Earl Morrall. The closest team to the joining the undefeated 1972 Phins in the record books was the 2007 New England Patriots, who managed to remain perfect all season long until their heartbreaking Super Bowl XLII loss to the New York Giants (thank you David Tyree). While the odds of any team tying such an amazing feat are slim to none, with the Falcons loss this week, Dolphins Nation can once again breathe a sigh of relief, and the living members remaining from the 1972 team will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their perfect season.
On an otherwise abysmal day of football for Fins fans, we can at least rejoice in the prolonging of such a historic NFL record for one more year. Hopefully, the Miami Dolphins of the present are on their way to another record breaking year in the future. PHINS UP!