When the Dolphins won a Super Bowl attempting just seven passes

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If you love the running game, you had to have loved Super Bowl VIII.

Forty-one years ago Tuesday, the Vikings and Dolphins met at Rice Stadium in Houston with the NFL title on the line. The teams combined for 53 rushes, second-most in game history. And the 35 combined passes were the least ever thrown in a Super Bowl.

The game itself was one-sided. The Dolphins scored first and never looked back, rolling to a 24-7 victory. Miami’s Larry Csonka earned game MVP honors, rushing for 145 yards and two TDs on 33 carries. In the end, Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese would attempt just seven passes, a record-low for a Super Bowl that still stands. He attempted just one pass after halftime — a 27-yard completion to a diving Paul Warfield, who was dealing with a hamstring ailment.

The Dolphins’ victory was their second straight Super Bowl triumph, something that’s only been accomplished eight times in game history. They have not won a Super Bowl since.

48 responses to “When the Dolphins won a Super Bowl attempting just seven passes

  1. With all the current story lines going on you fired up the time machine for a stat that was normal for the time? Not even a big milestone. 41 year anniversary. Is Mercury Morris drinking Cristal¿

  2. I remember this game quite well. The Dolphins changed their blocking scheme to start the game, and by the time the Vikings adjusted their defense, the Dolphins had a 14-0 lead, while the Vikings ran just three offensive plays.

    After that, the Dolphins pulled out their fins and sat on the lead, while their defense stymied the Viking offense until the fourth quarter. The Dolphin running game was unstoppable on the first two drives, and still pretty good after that. Their OL dominated the smaller Viking DL.

    BTW, Griese threw only six passes in the AFC Championship game two weeks earlier against the Raiders.

  3. Another humiliation for the Vikings. They seem to occur in every decade and into the new millennium.

  4. Think about this, in Super Bowl 7 he attempted only 11 passes (he completed 8). That means in back to back Super Bowls Griese attempted 18 passes. Some QB’s get close to attempting that in one quarter.

  5. fwippel says:
    Jan 13, 2015 5:13 PM
    I remember this game quite well. The Dolphins changed their blocking scheme to start the game, and by the time the Vikings adjusted their defense, the Dolphins had a 14-0 lead, while the Vikings ran just three offensive plays.
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    Something tells me that Bud Grant didn’t go to the media after the game and accuse the Dolphins of using deception when the Dolphins changed their blocking schemes at the beginning of the game, confusing the Vikings in the process…

  6. So the Vikings are to Super Bowls what Carl Gerbschmidt is to life … so far, nothing but losing.

  7. They were also led by a coach complicit in tampering that allowed him to go there and resulted in the league giving Baltimore their first round pick the year after they tampered.

    According to most posters here that means Shula cheated, should be referred to as Shulacheat, and that the Fins SB wins are tainted.

  8. Oh my Vikings, you couldn’t have just closed out a Victory vs the Chiefs? The whole state of MN would be in a much better state if you would just closed it out

  9. Speaking of cheating teams… look at the Broncos in the 90’s. Back to back Super Bowl victories, but they were skimming their salary cap numbers the whole time so they could re-sign their superstar players.

    The NFL should put an asterisk next to those, just like the *Pats.

  10. Was this the Super Bowl where they ran a lot to the short side of the field and the NFL subsequently narrowed the hash marks?

  11. And I bet that run fest was much more entertaining than this 7 on 7, no hit, referee dominated, commercial filled suckfest that Goodell has bestowed on us.

    Thanks Rog you (censor every swear word imaginable)

  12. My Vikings actually appeared in 4 super bowls long before any of you were born. We scored a grand total of 34 points and were blown out in every single one of those games. Las Vegas refused to allow betting on those games because of our amateur status. We still have not recovered no matter how many first round busts we’ve drafted over the decades.

  13. Yes, Arinil985, I saw them in person lose to the Chiefs in Tulane Stadium, musta been early 1970. Jan Stenerud’s field goals were landing about ten rows below me.

  14. ablazinpanda says:
    Jan 13, 2015 5:42 PM

    Oh my Vikings, you couldn’t have just closed out a Victory vs the Chiefs? The whole state of MN would be in a much better state if you would just closed it out
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    Closed out? The score was 23-7. It isn’t like they let one slip away in the fourth quarter.

  15. Shula cheated? Nah, he didn’t. Love the haters who repeatedly say they haven’t won since. At least they have two rings, unlike many teams with zero.

    One day, hopefully soon, Miami will become a dominant team again. History repeats itself. Tannehill is the guy to lead them, they just need to build the personnel around him.

  16. Ah, the days when the Super Bowl was accessable to the REAL fans instead of the stadium being filled with 90% corporate sponsors, celebrities, VIPs, friends of owners, politicians, etc. Most of these people now couldn’t name more than 5 players on each team.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 13, 2015 6:32 PM

    Closed out? The score was 23-7. It isn’t like they let one slip away in the fourth quarter.

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    Closed out the season with a win maybe?

  18. Hahaaha… patsy fans still butt hurt about the greatest NFL Coach of all time calling it the way it is, and putting their championships in the doodie pile where they belong.

    I remember the NFL Films rendition of the game. One of the Vikes defensive players said, it was like he could here bagpipes playing as the Dolphins methodically kept running it at them and there was nothing they could do to stop it. Too bad the USFL came along and signed Czonka and other Fins.

    And yeah, I was around for that game coloradical420, and I could easily bust you up physically, legally, and financially keyboard puss.

  19. The “Purple people eaters” were eat’n. It was worse then this article relates. Great Super Bowl. Have the Vikings ever won a SB? Didn’t think so.

  20. And they won’t win again in my lifetime as long as Stephen LOSS owns the team, continues the COMMITMENT TO MEDIOCRITY by extending the contract for Joe FAIL BIN, and remain more preoccupied with hosting a Super Bowl than putting the DONE FINS in one! FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

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