1972 Miami Dolphins Set the Bar For the Rest Of the League

C. J. KrasykCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

Only four teams in the Pre-Modern Ear ( before 1970) had finished the regular season undefeated(1937 L.A. Bulldogs, 1948 Cleveland Browns, 1942 Chicago Bears, 1948 Chicago Bears). Only one team in the Modern Era has accomplished the feat(2007 New England Patriots).

But still as great as those records were only one team in history has ever completely ran the table.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins finished the season 17-0 and Super Bowl VII Champions.

Behind the No Name defense that allowed only 12.2 points a game and arguably one of the best running attacks of all time, the Dolphins marched into the history books.

Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris each rushed for a 1,000 yards and a combined 18 touchdowns. Both would be selected for the Pro Bowl as well. Jim Kiick the third back amassed over 500 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Starting quarterback Bob Griese broke his ankle in Week 5. Earl Morrall took over and the team never skipped a beat. Morrall would earn 1st Team All-Pro honors.

Griese would return in the AFC Championship game to lead the Dolphins over the Steelers. He would also start the Super Bowl against the Redskins.

The signature play of the Super Bowl was fittingly made by the defense. Jake Scott recorded his second interception sealing the perfect season for the Dolphins and MVP honors himself at the same time.

We may never see another prefect team in the NFL again.

Chasing perfection is hard and when it is set as the standard which everything is measured against it is even harder to live up too.