1984 Miami Dolphins season
Owner Joe Robbie
Head Coach Don Shula
General Manager Mike Robbie
Home Field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 14–2
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Seahawks) 31–10
Won AFC Championship (vs. Steelers) 45–28
Lost Super Bowl XIX (vs. 49ers) 16–38
Timeline
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1983 1985

The 1984 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 19th season, and 15th in the National Football League. It was also the 15th season with the team for head coach Don Shula. The Dolphins sought to build on a spectacular 1983 season where they went 12–4 with rookie quarterback Dan Marino.

The Dolphins won the 1984 AFC Championship, and appeared in Super Bowl XIX, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 38–16. To date this is the last season the Dolphins appeared in the Super Bowl.[lower-alpha 1]

Second year quarterback Dan Marino's passing ability became the focal point of Miami's offense and in 1984 he exploded to set league records with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Marino's touchdown record was broken by Peyton Manning twenty years later and the yardage record was broken by Drew Brees twenty-seven years later. The Dolphins attempted early on to make a run at a perfect season twelve years after pulling off the feat, as they won their first eleven games but were upended in overtime by the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins scored more than 500 points for the first and to date only time in their history,[lower-alpha 2] as they scored 513 points and finished 14–2, their best record since the undefeated season.

The year began on a somber note, as running back David Overstreet was killed in a traffic collision in June. The Dolphins wore helmet decals with the number 20 (his jersey number) in his memory during this season.

Offseason

Draft

1984 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Jackie Shipp ILB Oklahoma
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

1984 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Al Del Greco Kicker Auburn

Week 1 roster

Miami Dolphins current roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Rookies in italics

[ Roster] updated
[ Depth chart] • [ Transactions]
49 active, 6 inactive, 0 practice squad

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time(ET) TV Announcers Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Washington Redskins W 35–17 NBC 1:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Griese
52,683
2 September 9, 1984 New England Patriots W 28–7 NBC 1:00pm Jay Randolph & Bob Griese
66,083
3 September 17, 1984 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17 ABC 9:00pm Frank Gifford & OJ Simpson
65,455
4 September 23, 1984 Indianapolis Colts W 44–7 NBC 4:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Griese
55,415
5 September 30, 1984 at St. Louis Cardinals W 36–28 NBC 1:00pm Jay Randolph & Bob Griese
46,991
6 October 7, 1984 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–7 NBC 1:00pm Jay Randolph & Bob Griese
59,103
7 October 14, 1984 Houston Oilers W 28–10 NBC 1:00pm Gary Gerould & Harvey Martin
54,080
8 October 21, 1984 at New England Patriots W 44–24 NBC 1:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Griese
60,711
9 October 28, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 38–7 NBC 4:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Griese
58,824
10 November 4, 1984 at New York Jets W 31–17 NBC 4:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Griese
72,655
11 November 11, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–23 CBS 1:00pm Frank Glieber & Jean Fugett
70,227
12 November 18, 1984 at San Diego Chargers L 28–34 NBC 4:00pm Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen
53,041
13 November 26, 1984 New York Jets W 28–17 ABC 9:00pm Frank Gifford, OJ Simpson & Don Meredith
74,884
14 December 2, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 34–45 NBC 4:00pm Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen
71,222
15 December 9, 1984 at Indianapolis Colts W 35–17 NBC 1:00pm Jay Randolph & Reggie Rucker
60,411
16 December 17, 1984 Dallas Cowboys W 28–21 ABC 9:00pm Frank Gifford, OJ Simpson & Don Meredith
74,139

Season summary

Week 1

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Dan Marino had one of the best passing days of his career, completing 21 of 28 passes for 311 yards with 5 TDs and no interceptions for a Passer Rating of 150.4. This game also marked the emergence of Jim "Crash" Jensen, who lined up as a receiver for the first time and caught 2 of Marino's TD passes. Until 2015, this was the Dolphins' last road win over the Redskins.

Week 2

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Dan Marino increased his two-game total of seven touchdown passes as he tossed a pair of scoring strikes to Mark Clayton within a 1:36 span in the third quarter to lead Miami to its 17th straight victory against the Patriots at The Orange Bowl. Miami intercepted four Steve Grogan passes. Mike Kozlowski returned one 26 yards, then laterred to William Judson who rambled the remaining 60 yards for a touchdown.

Week 3

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Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 29, 1984 Seattle Seahawks W 31–10
73,469
Conference Championship January 6, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–28
76,029
Super Bowl January 20, 1985 N San Francisco 49ers L 16–38
84,059

Standings

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Player stats

Passing

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Dan Marino 564 362 5084 48 17 108.9

Postseason

Divisional

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A year after being upended in the playoffs by the Seattle Seahawks the Dolphins routed Seattle 31–10. Dan Marino threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns despite being intercepted twice by Seahawks defensive back John Harris. The Dolphins rushed for 143 yards and a Tony Nathan rushing score as well.


Conference Championship

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In a shootout, quarterback Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a victory by throwing for 421 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Steelers quarterback Mark Malone recorded 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.


Super Bowl

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Super Bowl XIX was played on January 20, 1985, and featured the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers won their second Super Bowl, defeating the Dolphins 38–16. Dan Marino, the Dolphins quarterback passed for one touchdown and two interceptions, while Joe Montana, the 49ers quarterback passed for 3 touchdowns and rushed for another.

  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 37 yards 3–0 MIA
  • SF – TD: Carl Monroe 33-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 7–3 SF
  • MIA – TD: Dan Johnson 2-yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick) 10–7 MIA
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 8-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 14–10 SF
  • SF – TD: Joe Montana 6-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 21–10 SF
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 2-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 28–10 SF
  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 31 yards 28–13 SF
  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 30 yards 28–16 SF
  • SF – FG: Ray Wersching 27 yards 31–16 SF
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 16-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 38–16 SF


Awards and honors

Final roster

1984 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics
49 Active, 6 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Notes

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