Super Bowl VII
Miami 14, Washington 7
MVP: S Jake Scott, Miami
Miami entered Super Bowl VII unbeaten and untiedand hoping to become the first team in NFL history to complete a season without a loss. Earl Morrall, a veteran of Super Bowl quarterback controversy, was benched by Dolphin coach Don Shula in favor of Bob Griese, who had missed much of the season with a broken ankle. Griese played well, but the heroes for the Dolphins were Larry Csonka, who rushed for 112 yards, and the No-Name defense which held the Redskins' offense scoreless. This game also produced the most comical play in Super Bowl history: Garo Yepremian's abortive pass following a blocked field goal, which Washington's Mike Bass returned for a touchdown. Scott intercepted two Billy Kilmer passes to win the MVP award.
Photograph by: Neil Leifer
His players hoisted Dolphins coach Don Shula in the air after their victory over the Redskins made them the first team in NFL history to complete an undefeated season.