It will be remembered as the perfect ending to a perfect season. The Miami Dolphins, using their multidimensional running game, scored 14 first-half points and hung on for a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, as the Dolphins finished the season with a 17-0 record.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Miami wide receiver Howard Twilley beat cornerback Pat Fischer on an out pattern for a 28-yard touchdown. Then with about one minute to go until halftime, Dolphins halfback Jim Kiick finished a long drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Miami rushed for 184 yards on 37 carries for the afternoon.
Super Bowl VII produced one of the game's most memorable plays. With two minutes left in the game, Miami place-kicker Garo Yepremian attempted a 42-yard field goal only to see the Redskins defense block it. Yepremian picked the ball up and started to run toward the sidelines. He then attempted to pass only to have the ball slip out of his hands right to the Redskins' Mike Bass, who ran 49 yards for a touchdown.
Miami 7 7 0 0 14
Washington 0 0 0 7 7
Winning coach: Don Shula
MVP: Jake Scott