Yearbook, Dec. 16: 1972 Dolphins go 14-0

December, 16, 2012
Dec. 16, 1972: This year, of course, is the 40th anniversary of the first and only NFL team to go undefeated and untied throughout the entire season.

This day, meanwhile, is the 40th anniversary of another (albeit less heralded) league first -- because, thanks to a 16-0 win over the Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl, the Miami Dolphins became the first team to finish a 14-game regular season unbeaten.

Their regular-season mark was surpassed in 2007, when the New England Patriots went 16-0. But, as a member or two of those '72 Dolphins might tell you, only one team won every game it played in the regular season and playoffs.

Mercury Morris of the Miami DolphinsClifton Boutelle/Getty ImagesMercury Morris, during the game.
Paul Warfield with the Miami Dolphins against the Baltimore ColtsAP Photo/Jim KerlinPaul Warfield, catching the game's only touchdown.
Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula with Baltimore Colts coach John SanduskyAP PhotoDon Shula, right, with Baltimore Colts coach John Sandusky.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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