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Super Bowl 7

The Miami Dolphins became the first and only NFL team to complete a perfect season, capping a 17-0 campaign with a 14-7 upset win over the Washington Redskins as slim 1-point favorites in Super Bowl VII.

It was the second Super Bowl appearance in as many years for Miami, who were dominated 24-3 by the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI.

The Dolphins won the AFC East by a whopping seven games, claiming victory by double-digit margins in 11 of their 14 regular season matchups. Miami needed a fourth quarter 80-yard drive to overcome a 14-13 deficit and top the Cleveland Browns 20-14 in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Miami followed up with a 21-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Conference Championship, outgaining the Steelers 314-250 on the strength of a combined 154 rushing yards by Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka.

The 11-3 Redskins finished the regular season with the best record in the NFC, a game ahead of Dallas in the NFC East. Washington won 11 of their first 12 before suffering a pair of double-digit losses to Dallas and Buffalo to end their regular season.

Washington held the Green Bay Packers to just 78 yards on the ground in a 16-3 win in the NFC Divisional Playoffs before dominating the Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game, holding Dallas to 169 total yards in a 26-3 victory.

The Super Bowl showdown between Washington and Miami proved to be a defensive struggle, and the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history. With the point total set at 34, the UNDER prevailed for the fifth straight year.

The Dolphins owned a 14-0 lead at halftime after allowing the Redskins to advance across midfield just twice during the half.

Dolphins QB Bob Griese completed a 28-yard TD pass to Howard Twilley to close the first quarter, followed by a second-quarter one-yard TD run by Jim Kiick, resulting from a Nick Buoniconti interception of a Billy Kilmer pass that ended a promising Redskins drive.

The Redskins notched their only points of the day when Mike Bass recovered a fumble on a Dolphins field goal attempt, returning it 49 yards for the score with just over two minutes remaining.

Miami safety Jake Scott claimed Super Bowl MVP honors, marking the second time the honor was given to a defensive player. Scott picked off a pair of Billy Kilmer passes, including an interception in the end zone halting a crucial Redskins drive.

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