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1979 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Don Shula
Home Field Orange Bowl
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff to Pittsburgh 34–14
Timeline
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1978 1980

The 1979 Miami Dolphins season was the 14th year of existence for the Miami Dolphins franchise. Although they finished at 10–6, one win fewer than the previous year, they were still able to win the AFC East Division outright. They ultimately lost in the division round of the NFL playoffs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season

Schedule

Game Date Opponent Result Dolphins points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 2 at Buffalo Bills Win 9 7 1–0
2 Sept. 9 Seattle Seahawks Win 19 10 2–0
3 Sept. 16 at Minnesota Vikings Win 27 12 3–0
4 Sept. 23 Chicago Bears Win 31 16 4–0
5 Sept. 30 at New York Jets Loss 27 33 4–1
6 Oct. 8 at Oakland Raiders Loss 3 13 4–2
7 Oct. 14 Buffalo Bills Win 17 7 5–2
8 Oct. 21 at New England Patriots Loss 13 28 5–3
9 Oct. 28 Green Bay Packers Win 27 7 6–3
10 Nov. 5 Houston Oilers Loss 6 9 6–4
11 Nov. 11 Baltimore Colts Win 19 0 7–4
12 Nov. 18 at Cleveland Browns Loss (OT) 24 30 7–5
13 Nov. 25 at Baltimore Colts Win 28 24 8–5
14 Nov. 29 New England Patriots Win 39 24 9–5
15 Dec. 9 at Detroit Lions Win 28 10 10–5
16 Dec. 15 New York Jets Loss 24 27 10–6

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Standings

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 341 257
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 411 326
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 337 383
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 268 279
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 271 351

Roster

Awards and honors

Larry Csonka returned to the Dolphins in 1979 for one last season before retiring, after leaving in 1975 for the World Football League and spending the next three seasons after with the New York Giants. He led the team with 837 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, in addition to one receiving touchdown. His return led to him being named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Milestones

Notes and references

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1979 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XIV
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