50 moments in Miami Dolphins history

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Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

On a Monday night in early December, 1985 the Miami Dolphins hosted the Chicago Bears. The Bears entered the game 12-0 and looked to be heavy favorites to complete the 2nd perfect season in the NFL. The Dolphins stood in their way.

Miami brought in members of the 1972 team to inspire the current players. Dan Marino in his third season led the Dolphins onto the field and like their 1972 perfect season, were perfect.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 31-10 half-time lead over the Mike Ditka led Bears and added their final touchdown in the third quarter. One of the most notable plays was a Dan Marino pass that was tipped in flight and soared downfield to Nat Moore for a touchdown. Don Shula would say after the game that it was “the best single half of football I have ever been associated with”.

The Dolphins secured their place in history and the Bears would not lose again and become the NFL champions. The Dolphins would go on to play in the AFC Championship game but lose to the New England Patriots led by quarterback Tony Eason.

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