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The 1984 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 18th season, and 15th in the National Football League. It was also the fifteenth 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, only to be upended by the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

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 is the last season in which the Dolphins appeared in the Super Bowl.[1]

1984 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Don Shula
Home Field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 14–2
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Super Bowl XIX
Timeline
Previous Season Next Season
1983 1985

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,[2] as they scored 513 points and finished 14–2, their best record since the undefeated season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
14 Miami Dolphins Jackie Shipp Inside Linebacker Oklahoma

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1
September 2 at Washington W 35–17
1-0
52,683
2
September 9 New England W 28–7
2-0
66,083
3
September 17 at Buffalo W 21–17
3-0
65,455
4
September 23 Indianapolis W 44–7
4-0
55,415
5
September 30 at St. Louis W 36–28
5-0
46,991
6
October 7 at Pittsburgh W 31–7
6-0
59,103
7
October 14 Houston W 28–10
7-0
54,080
8
October 21 at New England W 44–24
8-0
60,711
9
October 28 Buffalo W 38–7
9-0
58,824
10
November 4 at NY Jets W 31–17
10-0
72,655
11
November 11 Philadelphia W 24–23
11-0
70,227
12
November 18 at San Diego L 28–34
11-1
53,041
13
November 26 NY Jets W 28–17
12-1
74,884
14
December 2 LA Raiders L 34–45
12-2
71,222
15
December 9 at Indianapolis W 35–17
13-2
60,411
16
December 17 Dallas W 28–21
14-2
74,139


PlayoffsEdit

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

Standings Edit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Miami Dolphins 1420.875513298
New England Patriots 970.563362352
New York Jets 790.438332364
Indianapolis Colts 4120.250239414
Buffalo Bills 2140.125250454

Player statsEdit

PassingEdit

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

PostseasonEdit

AFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

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.

AFC Championship GameEdit

Miami Dolphins 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 28
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 7 7 28
Dolphins 7 17 14 7 45

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

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 XIXEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

  • 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 honorsEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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