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On November 14th, 1993 Don Shula led his Dan Marino-less Dolphins into Veteran Stadium in Philadelphia. He was tied for the NFL career victory lead with George Halas. By the end of the day he owned the record outright.
Making the day more impressive was the fact that Shula needed to rely on not just Dan Marino’s back-up but Scott Mitchell’s back-up as well. Mitchell went down early in the third quarter of the close game with a shoulder injury and Doug Pederson was forced to step in. Pederson had never thrown a pass in the NFL before. Shula changed his game plan on the fly to more of a run first offense and the Dolphins defense stifled the Eagles in the second half holding them to no points.
On the ground Miami managed to do enough to get two field goals in the 2nd half giving the team a 19-14 victory and putting Don Shula on the elite level of coaches.
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