In 2016, the Miami Dolphins were eliminated in the Wild Card Round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. How many titles have the Dolphins won? In 1972 and 1973, the Miami Dolphins won the Super Bowl. This makes them the only team to win the Super Bowl twice after entering the tournament as a wild card entry.
Miami joined the NFL in 1966. Before then, they played American football at the University of Miami. The Dolphins are based in Miami, Florida. Their home stadium is Hard Rock Stadium. The team's current head coach is Adam Gase who replaced Brian Flores after he was hired by the New York Jets as their new defensive coordinator.
Since 1970, the Dolphins have won 13 AFC Eastern division crowns and five AFC championships. They have also made the NFL playoffs every year since 1987.
The Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to win consecutive Super Bowls after losing the first game of the series. They accomplished this feat in 2009 and 2010.
Miami has also been one of the most successful teams during the regular season with a record of 114-58-1. They have won at least 12 games five times and reached the playoffs nine out of those 10 seasons. Their overall record is 754-569-3 (45.9 percent).
In addition to their success during the regular season, the Dolphins are well known for their prowess in the postseason with eight AFC West titles and five Super Bowl victories. The last two titles have come in the past two years.
After losing the first game of each series over an 11-year period from 1975-85, the Dolphins went on to win three out of four games against the Washington Redskins in 1986. This is the longest current playoff drought by any team in the NFL.
That same season, the Dolphins became the only team in NFL history to win their division after going 1-15, and they held the final non-Patriot division championship in the AFC East as of 2018. See The History of the Miami Dolphins for a comprehensive team history.
The Dolphins finished second in the league with a record of 457-370-4 (having played 84 less games than their division opponents) and a postseason record of 20-21. (2-3 in Super Bowls). The Bills finished 425-483-8 in the playoffs (with two AFL crowns) and went 0-4 in four consecutive Super Bowls.
On January 14, 1973, the Miami Dolphins hit the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and history was on the line. After winning every game this season, the Miami Dolphins rolled past the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, winning 14-7 to earn the championship.
The victory gave Miami its first NFL title. The game had major implications for other teams too: The Redskins were defending champs, while the third-place Oakland Raiders would play host to the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. Also, the seventh-place Buffalo Bills were still looking for their first win of the season.
Miami's offensive line didn't allow a single sack against the Redskins' defensive line that featured future Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. In fact, the only time Miami quarterback Bob Griese was pressured came when he threw an interception. He finished the game with three touchdowns passes and no interceptions.
Griese's favorite target was wide receiver Mark Duper, who had nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Fullback Larry Csonka also got in on the act with seven carries for 39 yards and a touchdown.
The victory also marked the beginning of something big for the city of Miami. Before the season started, there were rumors that the Dolphins might move to another city because owner Joe Robbie wasn't making any money off of them.
The Dolphins finished second in the league with a record of 457-370-4 (having played 84 less games than their division opponents) and a postseason record of 20-21. (2-3 in Super Bowls). The Bills finished 425-483-8 in the playoffs (with two AFL crowns) and went 0-4 in four consecutive Super Bowls. After three straight last place finishes, Miami finally won the division title in 1975.
In 1974, the Dolphins lost their first four games by a total of 105 points before winning five in a row to finish the season. Quarterback Don Strock started all but one game for Miami that year and threw for 2,336 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His performance helped the team qualify for the playoffs for the third time in four years. In the opening round of the playoffs, the Dolphins defeated Pittsburgh 30-27 on a last-minute field goal by Matt Bahr. In the next round, they faced off against Oakland in Miami. Despite outgaining the Raiders 476-219, the Dolphins were shut out during the first half of the game and lost by a score of 17-0. Strock was intercepted three times by Oakland's Jack Tatum who had three picks in the game.
After losing their first four games, many people wrote the Dolphins off from having any chance at competing for the division title. However, under new head coach Joe Collier, they finished the season strong with wins over Buffalo, Cleveland, and Houston to capture their first AFC West title.