Miami Dolphins At 50: Largest Victory Margins
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are entering their 50th anniversary in 2015. Throughout the season the Dolphins will celebrate milestones and events throughout the season including a celebration of original ticket owners who have stayed true to the team throughout their 50 years of existence.
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The Dolphins have seen themselves on the winning side of large victory margins in their history and today we are going to look at some the ten biggest margins of victory for the Dolphins over the last 50 years. One might expect last years dismantling of the San Diego Chargers to make this list but oddly enough the 37-0 drubbing Miami put on the visiting Chargers last season comes up one point short of making the top ten list. Well, since I mentioned the game we can say it’s an “honorable mention”. One that I can say at least was the biggest margin of victory I personally have witnessed in person.
Tenth place is actually a tie. A tie between three games. With 38 points separating the Dolphins and their opponents we actually get a top “eight” instead of a top ten.
December 20th, 1970
Buffalo @ Miami
Miami wins by 38 points in their 45-7 route of the Buffalo Bills. The game was the 14th game and final game of the season. Miami finished the year 10-4 while the Bills finished 3-10-1. Miami would lose to the Oakland Raiders in the divisional round of the playoffs 21-14.
October 17th, 1971
New England @ Miami
In week five of the 1971 season the Dolphins put 38 more points than the Patriots on the board. The 41-3 victory would be a prelude to their season as Miami finished the year 10-3-1 tying their first game of the season. Miami would visit the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs in what became known as the NFL’s longest game. They would advance to their first Super Bowl that year losing to Dallas in what ironically was a blowout 24-3.
September 3rd, 1995
Jets @ Miami
Miami opened at home versus the New York Jets and put 52 points on the board compared to the Jets 14 points. Miami finished the season 9-7 and lost to the Bills in the Wild-Card round of the playoffs.