In the modern era of the NFL, there has only been one team that was able to sweep through the entire regular season, as well as sweeping through the playoffs and Super Bowl, to go undefeated for the year. That one team was the1972 Miami Dolphins, and we have reserved our top spot on this list for their unmatched achievement.
The NFL regular season was still only 14 games in 1972. The Dolphins wound up with a 17-0 record that year, despite losing their starting quarterback Bob Griese to a broken ankle in Week 5, when he was sacked by Deacon Jones of the San Diego Chargers. Backup Earl Morrall stepped in, and capably led the Dolphins from there all the way to the AFC Championship game, until Griese was able to return. Griese led the Dolphins in Super Bowl VII to their championship win.
The Dolphins didn't blow teams out, but played well enough to win, which is what it's all about anyway. The Dolphins won their three playoff games by a combined total of only 17 points. They beat Cleveland 20-14, beat Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship 21-17 and then beat Washington in the Super Bowl 14-7.
Miami was led by the running back duo of Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, wide receiver Paul Warfield and Hall of Fame linemen Jim Langer and Larry Little. The No-Name defense was led by Nick Buoniconti, Bill Stanfill, Dick Anderson and Jake Scott.
The 2007 New England Patriots came close to matching the Dolphins. The Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season, only to lose in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. If the NFL decides to add even more games on to the regular season, it will make it even more difficult for anybody to match the Dolphins' perfect season.
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