|1994 Miami Dolphins season|
|Head Coach||Don Shula|
|Home Field||Joe Robbie Stadium|
|Place||1st AFC East|
|Playoff Finish||Lost AFC Divisional Playoff|
|Previous Season||Next Season|
|1994 Miami Dolphins final staff|
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
|1||September 4, 1994||New England Patriots||W 39–35||NBC 4:15pm|
|2||September 11, 1994||at Green Bay Packers||W 24–14||NBC 1:00pm|
|3||September 18, 1994||New York Jets||W 28–14||NBC 1:00pm|
|4||September 25, 1994||at Minnesota Vikings||L 38–35||NBC 1:00pm|
|5||October 2, 1994||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 23–7||TNT 8:15pm|
|6||October 9, 1994||at Buffalo Bills||L 21–11||NBC 1:00pm|
|7||October 16, 1994||Los Angeles Raiders||W 20–17||NBC 1:00pm|
|9||October 30, 1994||at New England Patriots||W 23–3||NBC 4:15pm|
|10||November 6, 1994||Indianapolis Colts||W 22–21||NBC 1:00pm|
|11||November 13, 1994||Chicago Bears||L 17–14||FOX 1:00pm|
|12||November 20, 1994||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 16–13||NBC 1:00pm|
|13||November 27, 1994||at New York Jets||W 28–24||NBC 4:15pm|
|14||December 4, 1994||Buffalo Bills||L 42–31||ESPN 8:15pm|
|15||December 12, 1994||Kansas City Chiefs||W 45–28||ABC 9:00pm|
|16||December 18, 1994||at Indianapolis Colts||L 10–6||NBC 1:00pm|
|17||December 25, 1994||Detroit Lions||W 27–20||ESPN 8:15pm|
- September 4 vs. New England Patriots:
Both teams debuted new owners in Wayne Huizenga of the Dolphins and Robert Kraft of the Patriots. The game marked the return of Dan Marino after missing most of 1993 with injury. The new-look Patriots took a 14–10 halftime lead, then Drew Bledsoe lobbed a 40-yard bomb caught by Ben Coates and run in for a 63-yard touchdown. Marino and Bledsoe erupted to eight touchdowns combined, and with the Patriots leading 35–32 Marino on 4th and 5 launched a 35-yard touchdown strike to former Patriot Irving Fryar. The Dolphins held off New England's last-minute rally for the 39–35 win.
Marino's second straight win of the season came as the Dolphins, playing in Milwaukee, raced to two Marino touchdown throws and a 24–0 lead after three quarters. Brett Favre managed two touchdowns but it wasn't enough to hold off a 24–14 Dolphins win.
- September 25 @ Minnesota Vikings:
After defeating the New York Jets the Dolphins' winning streak came to a halt at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome as Warren Moon lit up the Dolphins defense with three first-half touchdowns and a 28–0 Vikings lead. But the Dolphins began clawing back and in the fourth three Marino touchdowns and Bernie Parmalee's rushing score tied the game. The Vikings then added another touchdown while ex-Dolphin Fuad Reveiz booted a 38-yard field goal, enough cushion to neutralize a late Keith Byars touchdown run and a 38–35 Vikings win.
- November 6 vs. Indianapolis Colts:
The Colts entered Joe Robbie Stadium beginning to build some momentum for the future, having won three of their previous five games. The Colts clawed to a 14–6 lead after three quarters but then the Dolphins began storming back on Irving Spikes' touchdown run marred by a missed two-point conversion. The Dolphins got the ball back but Marino was picked off by Ray Buchanan and he ran in a 28-yard touchdown, but despite this setback Marino whipped the Dolphins downfield and fired a 28-yard score to O.J. McDuffie, then the Dolphins got the ball back and Pete Stoyanovich's field goal finished off the 22–21 win from 34 yards out.
- November 27 @ New York Jets:
Following back-to-back losses the Dolphins appeared shellshocked as the Jets raced to a 17–0 lead. A Marino touchdown to Mark Ingram in the third was followed by Norman Esiason's second touchdown of the game to Johnny Mitchell. But in the fourth everything changed; after a second Marino-to-Ingram score Esiason was intercepted and this led to a third Marino-to-Ingram touchdown; a series of fumbles led to another Esiason pick by J.B. Brown, and with no timeouts left the Dolphins had the ball with 2:34 left. Marino drove the Dolphins to the Jets eight-yard line; at this point Marino called out "Clock! Clock! Clock!" in anticipation of spiking the ball to stop the clock – Marino, however, had worked out a trick play and was paying attention to Ingram's matchup with rookie Jets cornerback Aaron Glenn; with Ingram understanding Marino's code signal and Marino seeing a favorable matchup, Marino took the snap and motioned downward as though spiking the ball, but then lofted it toward Ingram running to the back corner of the endzone where he caught it, the fourth touchdown of the game. The stunned Jets faltered on their final drive and The Clock Play became one of the most famous and bizarre finishes in NFL history.
- December 4 vs. Buffalo Bills:
Despite the stunning win the 8–4 Dolphins were facing a division race where the Bills, entering at 6–6, were still in contention and the Patriots were on a late-season roll. The Dolphins raced to a 17–7 lead on the Bills but Marino was intercepted three times and the Bills scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, then answered a fourth-quarter Marino score to Keith Jackson with Carwell Gardner's rushing score and an 83-yard bomb from Jim Kelly to Andre Reed. With the outcome beyond saving Marino was benched and Bernie Kosar tossed a one-yard score to Scott Miller, but there was no saving a 42–31 Bills win.
Dan Marino faced a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, but it wasn't regular Chiefs starter Joe Montana, sidelined after a 10–9 loss to Seattle a few weeks before; instead it was Joe Cool's former backup Steve Bono, but regardless of starter the Dolphins, now 8–5 and the division race not secure yet, played like they needed the win. The Chiefs took a 14–7 lead but Marino tied it at the half on a four-yard strike to Irving Fryar, then in the third ran in a four-yard score himself. On the next Dolphins drive Troy Vincent caught a lateral and ran in a 56-yard touchdown; Jon Vaughn of the Chiefs then ran in the ensuing kickoff for a Chiefs touchdown. 28–21 was the closest the Chiefs came as the Dolphins scored 17 more points to win 45–28.
- December 25 vs. Detroit Lions:
The Dolphins celebrated Christmas by clinching the AFC East title. Bernie Parmalee ran wild as he scored three touchdowns and the Dolphins led 27–10 at the half. Two second-half Lions scores could not stop a 27–20 Dolphins win, finishing a 10–6 Dolphins record.
Template:1994 AFC East standings
|Wildcard||December 31, 1994||Kansas City Chiefs||W 27–17|
|Division||January 8, 1995||at San Diego Chargers||L 22–21|
AFC Wild Card
Miami Dolphins 27, Kansas City Chiefs 17|
After a 17–17 tie at halftime, the Dolphins forced two turnovers in the second half to stop any Chiefs scoring threat. Both teams scored on each of their first 3 possessions of the game. Kansas City quarterback Joe Montana, playing in his last NFL game before retiring, threw two touchdowns in the first half: a 1-yard completion to tight end Derrick Walker and a 57-yarder to running back Kimble Anders. Meanwhile, Kansas City kicker Lin Elliot made a 21-yard field goal. For Miami in the first half, running back Bernie Parmalee scored a 1-yard touchdown, quarterback Dan Marino threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ronnie Williams, and kicker Pete Stoyanovich made a 40-yard field goal.
The Dolphins then took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 64 yards to score on wide receiver Irving Fryar's 7-yard touchdown reception. Stoyanovich then kicked a 40-yard field goal to give Miami a 27–17 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Dolphins defensive back J.B. Brown intercepted a pass from Montana at the goal line. Then with 7:31 left in the game, Dolphins defensive back Michael Stewart wrestled the ball away from Chiefs running back Marcus Allen at the Miami 34-yard line with 7:31 left to stop a second Kansas City scoring threat.
Montana finished his final postseason game with 314 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, with 1 interception.
Marino evened his post-season record vs. Montana at 1–1 (Montana having won Super Bowl XIX).
AFC Divisional Playoff
Awards and honors
- Dan Marino, 1994 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
- Dan Marino, 1994 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
- Dan Marino, AFC Pro Bowl Selection
- Dan Marino, All-Pro Selection
Notes and references
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.399