Don Shula's Game Plans from the Miami Dolphins' 1972 Perfect Season

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Don Shula's Game Plans from the Miami Dolphins' 1972 Perfect Season
HANS DERYK

The perfect season almost ended with the perfect score: 17-0, just like the 1972 Dolphins' final record. Late in Super Bowl VII against Washington, with his team holding a 14-0 lead, coach Don Shula sent out kicker Garo Yepremian to attempt a 41-yard field goal. What happened next was an epic gaffe: Yepremian's kick was blocked, and when he scrambled to try to pass the ball instead, it slipped out of his grasp into the hands of a Washington player who returned it for a touchdown. It changed the final score (the Dolphins won by 14-7 instead) but not the team's singular achievement: Perfection...

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